13 November 2007

Are you Sirius?

The planned merger of Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio would come with a bonus for subscribers. Or maybe it's more like that federal tax break than a bonus.

Once merged the companies would offer a pricing plan starting at $6.99 a month for 50 channels offered by one of the services. That's almost half-price from the fixed rates offered now. Or, if you want total programming from both networks, that'd run you $16.99, or about 3 bucks more than subscribers are paying for one service now. Of course, the merger would have to be approved by the FCC still. For more on them, please refer to the appropriate song on Steve Earle's "The Revolution Starts... Now" disc.

In much of the country, satellite radio is the only creative radio programming available, and the high monthly fees (at least, high for a tightwad like me) have been a large part of the reason I haven't bit...

...yet.

"Satellite's gone way up to Mars
Soon it will be filled with parking cars
I watched it for a little while
I love to watch things on TV"
-- Lou Reed, "Satellite of Love"

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