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Mon, Nov. 12th, 2007, 12:17 pm
bug_girlx: Merger with XM

Every few minutes they are asking shareholders to vote on a merger. It appears from the begging tone of the messages the shareholders are not voting. They are probably not listening and they don't care. Why ask them? Why not go ahead? I would think that we could get the benefits of both programs. We could get shows only on XM with a merger. The stakes are they could go bankrupt if they don't merger. This is my understanding from following the news blogs about the merger for a long time now.

Mon, Nov. 12th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)

i want the freakin' merger to happen already, because i want MLB before the season starts back!

Mon, Nov. 12th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
spooky: Iam against the merger...

I have been with XM 4 years last month. I tried Sirius for about 4 months and did not care for them. I think the merger will be bad for us...the consumers. If they go bust, it will because of stupid moves like paying Howard Stern 500,000.00 a year for 5 years...and for what? Wow, I can say FUCK, SHIT, PISS and CUNT and you wont't beep, beep, beep, beep! I also don't care for Opie & Dopie on XM either. I subscribe for the music & the news channels.

Mon, Nov. 12th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
bug_girlx: Re: Iam against the merger...

I have to say, I think that's not true. I think we will get more and better programs for both the channels. I think Howard Stern is blight. They could save lots of money by firing him. It will keep both of them from going bankrupt. The music on XM has too big a play list. Most of the songs I never heard of and did not like.

Wed, Nov. 14th, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
docwho88: more corrections...

I'd disagree that howard is a "blight"; sirius's subscriber rates have skyrocketed since he started, and while of course that can't all be attributed to him, he's brought attention *and* subscribers.

Funny thing is, I'm a sirius fan but the one complaint that I have about sirius' music versus the few times I've listened to XM is, Sirius (even on the "indie" channels) plays the same songs over and over -- the playlists could be so much bigger!! Hearing only the same old songs that I know gets old - I like hearing songs I've never heard, some by bands I know and some by ones i've never heard of. I'm amazed that some people seem to only like radio stations that have a 40-song playlist...

Wed, Nov. 14th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
docwho88: A few corrections...

First, they paid Howard 500 MILLION for 5 years (not per year). He has a 5 year contract, and before the 5 years are up, he's not going anywhere. They can't fire him, and he won't be quitting. Secondly, his show on sirius is amazing. He's not all about cursing (unlike what people who've never listened to the show think).

About the merger, I'm just not sure how it'll benefit the consumers who enjoy the variety of music stations currently out there... I can only see it as being a nasty collission of the two networks, with the more popular (but not necessarily the best) stations surviving.

Thu, Nov. 15th, 2007 12:51 pm (UTC)
spooky: Re: A few corrections...

If you look at my post again...you will see that I wrote 500,000.00 a year. That is half a million! I just don't see what is amazing about someone who says fuck, shit, and cunt on the airwaves. If that's your thing...then I can see why your a HUGE Howard Stern fan. Now if they got rid of Howard and kept Robin...I would start to listen.

Wed, Nov. 14th, 2007 12:17 am (UTC)

well, I hope your right...I certainly agree that Howard Stern should be fired before the merger goes thru. On XM my fav channels are the 80's channel, 41, 46 and 49. Which play mostly hard rock and classic rock. My kind of music. Ch 27 plays all movie soundtracks and 14 plays the best bluegrass music. 74 plays the blues. The majority I don't listen to. I guess its all about what your used to, and XM has kept me happy for over 4 years now.

Wed, Nov. 14th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
bug_girlx: I liked the boneyard on XM

I am hoping that the merger would mean keeping stations like that. There is no counter part to the boneyard on Sirius. I talked to Sirius, and they said, they will keep the most popular stations so it up to us, to say which ones we like best. I had Sirius before Stern came there. It was embarrasing to think that I subscribe to anything that could carry Howard Stern. If only we could vote Stern away.

Wed, Nov. 14th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
spooky: Re: I liked the boneyard on XM

Well...I just read that the shareholders of both stations have approved the merger and for Sirius to aqquire XM for 5 billion dollars. Now all they need is for Uncle Sam to approve it.

Wed, Nov. 14th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
bug_girlx: That's great

I am sure this will be a good thing.