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  • FCC: XM-Sirius merger action 'soon'

    FCC: XM-Sirius merger action 'soon'


    We’re all waiting on this guy The FCC “will hopefully be able to do something on it soon.” “It” is the proposed XM-Sirius merger, while “soon” means whatever you want it to mean. Yup, the FCC chair, Kevin Martin, said today that the deal has taken as long as it has because of all the different regulatory matters involved. Or, maybe, because the likes… Read More

  • Sorry, world: No more XM on AOL Radio.

    Sorry, world: No more XM on AOL Radio.

    AOL and XM are no longer friends, right, (the contract expired) so you can no longer listen to XM Satellite Radio via AOL Radio. For us in the promised land of North America, big deal. We can either pony up and get a dedicated satrad, or we can listen online with XM Radio Online. Others outside of the majesty of North America, however, are, shall we say, le screwed. And they’re… 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

    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 Led Zeppelin going on a break for some of this year

    [photopress:xmbyeled.jpg,full,right] The Led Zeppelin channel on XM will go silent in two days. Once Friday, March 7 rolls around, XM channel 59 will go on hiatus until later in the year. XM doesn’t say why the channel is going away, but it sorta stinks because summer is right around the corner, meaning that your local classic rock station will ignore everything but… 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

  • The random endorsement: XM Satellite Radio (or, why regular radio stinks)

    [photopress:endorse022008.jpg,full,right] In about two hours I will be watching either Manchester United tear apart Olympique Lyon or Barcelona and its Fantastic Four give Celtic a lesson in… losing to Barcelona. In the meantime, I just have to make with my random endorsement, which has become less and less random as the weeks have gone by. I actually have to think on the subway to… 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

  • XM's Sound System, Compact Sound System: First new ones in a while

    [photopress:xm_sound_system.jpg,full,center] XM Satellite Radio is showing off new sound systems for the first time in quite a while at Le CES this week. Two, to be exact: the $100 XM Sound System (pictured above) and the $150 XM Compact Sound System (after the jump). More like an iPod speaker+dock than a stand-alone radio, both the Sound System and the Compact Sound System work a variety of… Read More

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

    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

  • Two free weeks of XM Satellite Radio for podcasters (and everyone else)

    Two free weeks of XM Satellite Radio for podcasters (and everyone else)

    I completely forgot to mention this the other day: now that XM is in the podcast business, it has started a promotion that gives away two weeks of streaming XM Satellite Radio. Yes, two free weeks of XM, complete with specialty channels like The Virus and that Oprah one. I hear XM is thinking about changing the name of the MLB channel to “Steroids: Everyone uses ‘em.” So… Read More

  • XM Satellite Radio now doing that podcasting thing

    XM Satellite Radio now doing that podcasting thing

    I’m gonna be paying closer attention to satellite radio from now on, not just because the bosses told me to, but because the proposed merger is the defining moment of our times. It’s like the moon landing. XM is now in the podcasting game. The satellite radio company has created several podcasts, many of which are exclusives. Right now, you’ll find podcasts ranging from… Read More

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

    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

    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

  • XM launches Led Zeppelin channel called XM LED

    XM launches Led Zeppelin channel called XM LED

    These are interesting times to be a satellite radio fan. Yeah, there’s that merger hanging over the industry’s head (let them merge, I say), but Sirius and XM are now experimenting with artist-specific channels. XM LED, which launches today and lasts through next May, is a Led Zeppelin-only channel that will features every damn thing the band has ever released. OK, maybe not all… Read More

  • XpressRC From XM Pumps Out The Tunes

    XpressRC From XM Pumps Out The Tunes

    XM is heating up the competition for portable satellite radio players by offering a new player called XpressRC. Delphi will be manufacturing the player itself and the offerings aren’t too shabby at all. You’ll find it has a split screen so you can have your favorites stations to choose from as well as your current song information displayed at the same time. The XpressRC will also… Read More

  • XM and Sirius To Offer Cheap Al A Carte Offerings

    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

  • Sirius Live Earth Feed Came From XM

    Sirius Live Earth Feed Came From XM

    For anyone who thought that merging XM and Sirius together would be a royal pain in the ass, this is the proof that it’ll be as easy as Kevin Bacon landing a role in a crappy flick. Seems XM was set up with over 60 crew members at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ and London for Live Earth. The crew taped all the music and conducted several interviews which were then broadcast… Read More