Merger

  • Analyst: Take-Two's rejection of EA was improper, un-ladylike


    Wedbush Morgan, an analyst firm that likes to analyze and comment on things, says that Take-Two is making a mistake in spurning EA’s advances. $26 per share is a good deal, they say, and the company isn’t going to be any more valuable after the release of GTA IV, which they assume was the reason behind Take-Two’s unwillingness to sell. EA is getting serious now and trying… Read More

  • XM-Sirius in a post-DoJ world: Still needs FCC approval, NAB still complaining

    [photopress:xmsir0325.jpg,full,right] The Justice Department gave its blessing to the XM-Sirius merger yesterday. Now we wait for the FCC to weigh in, most likely siding with Justice in giving the merger the OK. Maybe they’ll throw up a few last minute hurdles—please demonstrate how this merger helps the consumer and not just your bottom line, for example—but most… Read More

  • XM-Sirius merger approved


    The Justice Department has approved the $5 billion merger between Sirius and XM. No news on when the merger will officially happen, but you might want to start your petitions to keep your favorite channels intact right about now. CG’s XM/Sirius coverage Read More

  • XM-Sirius decision this month says ranking member of Senate Judiciary Committee

    [photopress:arlenxm.jpg,full,center] A decision, one way or the other, on the proposed XM-Sirus merger should be reached by the end of the month. So says Sen. Arlen Spector, the ranking [Republican] member on the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Pat Leahy is the chairman of the committee, it should be noted.) He made an appearance on the Howard Stern Show earlier today and tried to explain why… Read More

  • XM, Sirius extend merger deadline by two months

    [photopress:melk.jpg,full,center] It’s been more than a year since the proposed XM-Sirius merger was announced and we’re no closer now to a combined company than we were then. But there’s hope… maybe! Actually, XM and Sirius just extended the deadline by two months for the deal to go through (or not). Now the satellite radio companies have given the Feds till May 1 for… Read More

  • ClearChannel begs gov't to help it keep making money by stopping sattelite radio

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    Wow ClearChannel has been working behind the scenes in a rather unsavory way to prevent the XM-Sirius merger from happening. I know ClearChannel is “evil” because it killed local radio years ago (I ask, who still listens to local radio, and why?), but its reliance on the government to protect its business is silly. Since when was it the… Read More

  • Claim: 'Drama' building around XM-Sirius merger tonight

    [photopress:xmsiren.gif,full,right] Something’s afoot regarding the XM-Sirius merger tonight. Drudge has a sly little note on the left-hand column that reads: “Approved or Denied? Drama Builds Around Sirius-XM Merger… Developing…” The proposed merger was announced nearly one year ago on February 17, 2007 and has developed into one of the most annoying stories… Read More

  • Why hasn't the XM-Sirius merger been approved yet?

    What happened to the XM-Sirius merger? Announced last February, the merger appears to have hit a snag. We sat through all of December with little hints here and there—sources say an announcement will be made later today, sources say the FCC is just crossing T’s and dotting I’s—but now we’re left wondering what’s going on. Some attribute the delay to the… Read More

  • Portable Sirius Stilleto 10 receiver for $50 (and a merger update)

    If you’ve been thinking about making the satellite radio plunge (and have your heart set on Sirius), today’s the day to whip out your credit card. Today (and today only, according to an e-mail I received a little while ago) you can grab a Stiletto 10 for $50, a full $100 off the regular price, with the purchase of a subscription. The portable Stiletto 10 doesn’t have some of… Read More

  • Vivendi and Activision combine to create Devastator

    I wish. Actually, these two big boys merged to create the decidedly more predictable and tame-sounding “Activision Blizzard,” which sounds a lot like a spell you might cast in D&D. The deal, worth a reported $18.9 billion dollars, with Vivendi ending up with a 52 percent stake. This seems strange considering its franchise contributions were the colossally unhip Crash Bandicoot… Read More

  • XM-Sirius merger could gets thumbs-up from DoJ today

    The XM-Sirius merger, yet another story that refuses to go away. Whoops—it might go away today, actually. A recent Bear Sterns report suggests that the Department of Justice may give the merger its blessing as early as today. Once the DoJ gives the go-ahead, it’s largely expected that the FCC will do the same. So break out the popcorn and keep your eyes and ears open for any… Read More

  • XM, Sirius shareholders vote on proposed merger today, await "OK" from gov't regulators


    Yes, the painfully original XM-Sirius “logo” strikes again Judging by a number posts from earlier in the year, I can tell that a few of you are fans of, or at least followers of, of satellite radio. It may interest you to know that today is the day when shareholders of both XM and Sirius vote the proposed merger up or down. It’s expected that both groups will give the merger… Read More

  • Acer to Eat Gateway, Bag of Twizzlers

    Well this is a fine kettle of fish. Gateway, one of last independent PC brands standing, is merging with Asia’s darling, Acer, to form a Voltron-esque conglomeration, albeit without the red, yellow, and blue lions. Acer would be the black lion, in this metaphor, and Gateway would be the green one. Anyway, they’ll definitely have a sword. Read More

  • Lenovo Wants Packard Bell

    PC manufacturer/IBM buyer Lenovo today declared its intent to purchase Packard Bell. So far, not many details are available about the acquisition. Seems both companies would rather not comment on the deal right now. I wonder why… Oh wait. That’s right. No one gives a shit about Packard Bell anymore and hasn’t since 1993. My mistake! Does Packard Bell make anything still? Read More

  • XM and Sirius To Offer Cheap Al A Carte Offerings

    Not a ton of info here, but apparently if this XM-Sirius merger actually goes through, you’ll be able to get your satellite radio on for cheap. Both companies plan to offer a low-cost $6.99 package that nets you 50 channels, as well as a $16.99 deal that would offer the best from both worlds. You’ll also be able to add and remove channels as you see fit. Sounds like a win for… Read More

  • Opie & Anthony Fans Cancel XM and Destroy Their Radios in Response to Suspension

    XM Satellite Radio is finding out first hand that Opie & Anthony have quite a few dedicated fans, fans who are now canceling the service en masse in response to the duo’s recent 30-day suspension. XM suspended the pair in response to so-called outrage stemming from a segment that aired on the program last week. (Well, really because, supposedly, there was an agreement in place that… Read More

  • XM/Sirius Merger Irrelevant?


    According to Wayde at Gizmo Cafe it is and I’m inclined to agree at this point. Had the merger produced a more unified service, it would have been something of note, but since they’ve decided to still play it separate, the combination has no real effect at all. Anyway, you should check Gizmo Cafe for a pretty amusing video about the situation. Wayde wisecracks through his… Read More

  • The Futurist: What An XM-Sirius Merger Means For You


    Woah. So XM and Sirius are looking to form a more perfect union. And, at long last, Howard Stern and Oprah fans will have something in common other than being married to each other. Of course, there are lots of regulatory hurdles that could keep the ink from drying on the deal (a failed merger by satellite TV providers EchoStar and DirecTV immediately comes to mind), but lets assume, for… Read More

  • HTC Hints at Merger with Sony-Ericsson; We Call BS

    While our Swedish is quite rusty, we live in the future, which means web-based translators are readily available. From what we can tell, Peter Chou, CEO of faves HTC, said in an interview that he thinks a merger between HTC and Sony-Ericsson would be a good fit. Also, he says OJ killed Anna Nicole, but that could just be a metaphor. Why? The benefits are obvious: HTC does a very good job… Read More

  • XM and Sirius Merger Thwarted


    I’m as much for avoiding monopolies as the next guy, but this one makes sense to a lot of people who know a lot more about the subject than I do. XM and Sirius had been exploring the possibility of merging, but according to current FCC rulebook, the plural companies can’t become a singular company. That leaves the situation at a standstill until, perhaps, the current rulebook… Read More