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New pricing structure allows customers to pick only the stations they want

XM and Sirius have announced proposed price cuts and new plans for post merger services, despite the fact that a merger between XM and Sirius is far from a done deal. A XM/Sirius FCC filing (PDF) reveals the company has a new pricing structure with new packages starting at $6.99 and going up to $16.99 per month.

This programming is a la carte, offering subscribers more service options. At $6.99 per month, customers can choose 50 channels and add additional channels for $.25 per month. Under the $6.99 package, the subscriber would have to choose all 50 channels from either XM or Sirius. The company does not allow mixing and matching between both services with the $6.99 package. This represents a 46% decrease in the price of the current lowest cost subscription rate from either provider.

Another a la carte option gives subscribers 100 channels and the option to pick from the best programming of both XM and Sirius for $14.99 per month. Other new service packages include two family friendly packs that block adult themed programs like Howard Stern and Playboy.

Customers will also be able to get all programming from both XM and Sirius on their current XM or Sirius hardware post merger for $16.99 per month. The proposed a la carte programming would be available within one year of the merger.


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Cost is more!
By EglsFly on 7/24/2007 11:59:35 PM , Rating: 2
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Another a la carte option would allow subscribers 100 channels and give the option to pick from the best programming of both XM and Sirius for $14.99 per month.


Well of course you can pick the restricted option of 50 on one service for less, but I already have over 100 channels for $12.95 per month on Sirius. So for me to keep the same amount of service I already have with the new plans, its going to cost more! There is absolutely nothing I want on XM (we have XM at work so I know the lineup).

This is a good example of why a merger is not in the best interest of consumers and I hope the FCC shoots it down. It is always best to have direct competitors so that the consumer has "choice". I'm not talking about choice of plans from one provider, but choice of providers.




RE: Cost is more!
By RjBass on 7/25/2007 1:40:34 AM , Rating: 2
But won't those of us who are currently subscribers be grandfathered in with the old rates?

I have two Sirius players that I pay for with the full Sirius lineup. I would like to keep it that way as XM only has one music channel that I would even be remotely interested in.


RE: Cost is more!
By GaryJohnson on 7/25/2007 1:52:28 AM , Rating: 2
There was a critical point in the press .PDF that didn't make it into the DT article.

quote:
A La Carte – 50 Channels ($6.99) – Currently the only standard package offered by either company is $12.95 a month. Under this new option, for only $6.99 per month – a savings of 46 percent – consumers will be able to choose either 50 SIRIUS channels from approximately 100 SIRIUS channels or 50 XM channels from approximately 100 XM channels. Additional channels can be added for 25 cents
each, with premium packages priced at additional cost. However, no one choosing this option will pay more than $12.95 a month.


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