Clear Channel Wants To Deal With FCC On XM/Sirius Merger

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Gadgets Clear Channel Wants to Deal With FCC on XM/Sirius Merger
Shane McGlaun (Blog) - February 13, 2008 12:23 PM


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Clear Channel says it will stop fighting the XM/Sirius merger with a few conditions

It’s been a year now since XM and Sirius Satellite Radio sought regulatory approval to merge the two companies. The merger has met with resistance from the National Association of Broadcasters and most recently resistance to the merger has been from iBiquity, the company behind HD Radio.
Clear Channel is an investor in iBiquity and says that while they still feel the merger of XM and Sirius would represent an illegal monopoly, they are willing to negotiate with the FCC. What Clear Channel wants is for the FCC to require the merged XM/Sirius company to integrate a HD Radio tuner into every satellite receiver they make. They also want to bar the merged company from seeking any exclusive arrangements with the auto industry according to Ars Technica.
Another of the selling points on the merger for Clear Channel would be for the FCC to lift the limit currently setting an eight station max for the number of stations that can be owned in an Arbitron-designated market. Clear Channel wants the cap increased from eight to ten stations in areas that have 60 to 74 stations. Clear Channel wants a cap of 12 station in larger cities.
There has been no word from the FCC on the Clear Channel proposal and the XM and Sirius merger is far from a done deal. DailyTech reported in September of 2007 that the two satellite radio giants were still battling for merger approval.
Many expected a ruling on the merger in January of 2008. January came and went without a ruling on the merger. Sirius and XM have already announced their proposed a la carte plans as an example of the improvements and the savings to be had from the merger.

LINK: http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=10663
 

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Great. They're still trying to work out how to combine the XM and Sirius chipsets into one radio. Imagine how long it would take to incorporate HD radio as well.
 

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Fuck them. Flush the merger, as it's stinks like a turd in a punch bowl.
 

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Haven't heard anything about the merger for a while. Wasn't this suppose to be done by now? i find it a bit strange that there hasn't been news on this for a few months now.
 

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How long ago did Mel Karmazi go in front of Congress? Had to be over a year by now.

The longer the "merger or non-merger" question goes on, the worse it is for Sat. Radio as a whole because no one wants to buy obsolete gadgets.
 

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Haven't heard anything about the merger for a while. Wasn't this suppose to be done by now? i find it a bit strange that there hasn't been news on this for a few months now.
they are waiting to see who can write the largest check.
 
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How long ago did Mel Karmazi go in front of Congress? Had to be over a year by now.
At Orbitcast they have a counter up at the top of the page and it says it's been 359 days since the merger was announced. Just come to a fucking decision already! :arrrh:
 

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At Orbitcast they have a counter up at the top of the page and it says it's been 359 days since the merger was announced. Just come to a fucking decision already! :arrrh:
In my view, the longer this takes the more likely it will be that they will reject it. If the DoJ were alright with it they would have approved it by now. Since Karmazin has said that they would sue if it is rejected, I think they are getting their ducks in a row on the decision to fend off any angles taken to challenge the decision.
 

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HD is going to kill Satellite radio anyway so this may actually help XM and Sirius.
 
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HD is going to kill Satellite radio anyway so this may actually help XM and Sirius.
Well except that HD radio is still subject to censorship due to it not being a subscription based medium.

So, XM will always have it's niche until the companies crash and burn
 

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Well except that HD radio is still subject to censorship due to it not being a subscription based medium.

So, XM will always have it's niche until the companies crash and burn
What crack are you on? HD radio is the new AM stereo.
HD Radio is going to be marketed like satellite except that it's FREE. People in general are NOT going to pay for radio.
 

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HD Radio is going to be marketed like satellite except that it's FREE. People in general are NOT going to pay for radio.
Except it's not free, you have to buy a special radio that costs more than an XM.

And uncensored radio and the ability to listen from coast to coast are still only available on Sat Radio and that has always been the major selling point for Sat.
 

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Except it's not free, you have to buy a special radio that costs more than an XM.

And uncensored radio and the ability to listen from coast to coast are still only available on Sat Radio and that has always been the major selling point for Sat.
It will take a while for HD to get a foothold, but most people don't care enough about coast to coast and uncensored radio to ever make sat radio a major force. It will always be a niche market for truckers and people who like shock jocks.
 

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Gadgets Clear Channel Wants to Deal With FCC on XM/Sirius Merger
Shane McGlaun (Blog) - February 13, 2008 12:23 PM


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Clear Channel says it will stop fighting the XM/Sirius merger with a few conditions

It’s been a year now since XM and Sirius Satellite Radio sought regulatory approval to merge the two companies. The merger has met with resistance from the National Association of Broadcasters and most recently resistance to the merger has been from iBiquity, the company behind HD Radio.
Clear Channel is an investor in iBiquity and says that while they still feel the merger of XM and Sirius would represent an illegal monopoly, they are willing to negotiate with the FCC. What Clear Channel wants is for the FCC to require the merged XM/Sirius company to integrate a HD Radio tuner into every satellite receiver they make. They also want to bar the merged company from seeking any exclusive arrangements with the auto industry according to Ars Technica.
Another of the selling points on the merger for Clear Channel would be for the FCC to lift the limit currently setting an eight station max for the number of stations that can be owned in an Arbitron-designated market. Clear Channel wants the cap increased from eight to ten stations in areas that have 60 to 74 stations. Clear Channel wants a cap of 12 station in larger cities.
There has been no word from the FCC on the Clear Channel proposal and the XM and Sirius merger is far from a done deal. DailyTech reported in September of 2007 that the two satellite radio giants were still battling for merger approval.
Many expected a ruling on the merger in January of 2008. January came and went without a ruling on the merger. Sirius and XM have already announced their proposed a la carte plans as an example of the improvements and the savings to be had from the merger.

LINK: http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=10663
Translation: Clear Channel will stop arguing that the merger will result in an illegal monopoly... as long as they're allowed to get in on the illegal monopoly action.

Fuck Clear Channel.
 

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HD Radio is going to be marketed like satellite except that it's FREE. People in general are NOT going to pay for radio.
Didn't they say the same thing years ago when cable TV was being rolled out? Nobody thought people would want to pay for TV & now look at the industry.
 

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Didn't they say the same thing years ago when cable TV was being rolled out? Nobody thought people would want to pay for TV & now look at the industry.
People watch a lot more TV than they listen to radio. And the internet is cutting into the TV business.

Hell, I wouldn't have cable myself if they didn't provide my internet as well.

Radio is a niche market now. Most people spend MAYBE an hour a day listening, and not listening closely anyway. The average person spends 3 or 4 times that watching TV, maybe more. Radio's golden days were when Little Orphan Annie was shilling for Ovaltine.
 

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People watch a lot more TV than they listen to radio. And the internet is cutting into the TV business.

Hell, I wouldn't have cable myself if they didn't provide my internet as well.

Radio is a niche market now. Most people spend MAYBE an hour a day listening, and not listening closely anyway. The average person spends 3 or 4 times that watching TV, maybe more. Radio's golden days were when Little Orphan Annie was shilling for Ovaltine.
That's a good point. Just think of it this way, most of us on this messageboard, listen to at least 7 hours of radio a day. I don't think the average person could fathom that.
 

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Didn't they say the same thing years ago when cable TV was being rolled out? Nobody thought people would want to pay for TV & now look at the industry.
Except cable television was an extension of a top medium. Satellite Radio is an extension of a dead/dying medium. I like Satellite radio, I like what it offers. But if it wasn't for O+A I wouldn't have gotten it, there are other benefits it has (I like XM Classics, I admit it) but so many more people would like to be entertained by television or their own iPod than they would radio and I don't blame them. Radio no longer serves the purpose it once did. People would rather a graphing calulator than an abacus with fancier beads.