Satellite Monopoly, or Stern Returning to D.C.?’m sure many of the wired in folks caught that XM Radio and Sirius are planning to merge… but how does it affect the media market in D.C.? Will D.C. loose it’s new media muscle to New York, or will, if approved by the FCC and SEC, provide for growth in this rather odd media format.

I know I abandoned the D.C. radio market once I got my iPod and WETA started playing roulette with their programming (as was the demise, the first time ’round of WHFS and other stations). I’ve cut the final thread with the gift of an XM subscription for Christmas. I’ve heard complaints from a number of people when discussing this topic about choice (limited playlists of themed channels, such as jazz and film music) to incomplete coverage (NHL games), will a merged entity do any better, or will it mirror the cable industry with a lack of choice and rising costs. I know Verizon has been kicking ass with their FiOS rollout in Metro DC. So competition, in at least this business school case, actually works. How would it work for something is a little less demand?

5 Comments so far

  1. Max (unregistered) on February 20th, 2007 @ 8:31 am

    I read that subscribers will be able to pick and choose their stations, a la carte style, which is sweet. I really don’t want the Spanish channel, the religious channel, or the NASCAR channel. Give me Stern and a few music channels and I’m gold!

    When FIOS is available I am all over it like white on rice.

  2. Mike (unregistered) on February 20th, 2007 @ 9:22 am

    I had XM for 2 years and I now have Sirius. I think this merge is great news for XM subscribers because I think Sirius does way better with their programming. Sirius also has great DJ’s on most of their music channels that make them feel more like real stations rather than someone’s mix CD.

  3. Don (unregistered) on February 20th, 2007 @ 9:50 am

    There’s nothing worse than loose muscle…

  4. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on February 20th, 2007 @ 10:32 am

    I’m still confused as to how FiOS is a competition for XM, but okay…

  5. Jon (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2007 @ 6:50 am

    Isn’t it a bad sign that neither of them can gain a competitive advantage? That suggests to me that satellite radio just isn’t profitable. One big company with incompatible equipment doesn’t seem any better off than two smaller companies competing.

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