According to CNN.com the Justice Department today approved the merger after more than a year of deliberation. I’ve been a Sirius subscriber since December 2006 and I think it’s great news. I suspect subscription prices will bump up at some point because of this but I’m not worried about it.
If this belongs in MPSIMS, by all means feel free to move it.
My question is how they’ll merge the hardware and programming. I have this mental picture of music on one set of birds and all the talk on the other set of birds, but I don’t know enough about the tech involved to know if there could be compatibility without new equipment.
I think the technological hurdles are easily overcome - probably no more complicated than merging mobile phone providers, and on a much smaller scale. They can switch the traffic any way they want, the challenge is doing it cheaply. I would imagine they will push some kind of firmware update to all the radios to make them all compatible with a single tranmission source (or maybe they’ll just update the Sirius radios to make them compatible with XM transmission, or vice-versa).
The Department of Justice weighed in saying they had no objections to the merger.
The Federal Communications Commission, which still has to approve the plan, has NOT approved it and may not for a while, if at all.
And there are a couple of reasonably powerful United States Senators, including Herb Kohl, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on antitrust and consumer rights, who don’t want it to happen.
Sorry to be a buzzkill but let’s not go running in circles when there still several major hoops to jump through and opponents to be defeated.
Good points. I hadn’t read up on it (still haven’t), but only read the CNN blurb. I’d like to see this happen, because I think it will improve and already terrific medium. I wonder what the hold up is on this.
Um, the aforementioned Howard Stern, who for some reason always requires separate and special treatment from the FCC? I’d wager that if Howard Stern were not on Sirius, the merger would have gone through in a month.
Maybe so; probably also Jim Cramer’s non-stop rants, which actually drew some attention to the fact that this merger between two financially struggling, ultimately insignificant companies has dragged on months longer than the multi-billion-dollar mergers of oil giants and the like.