Fresh from Drudge: http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/070723/sirius_xm_satellite.html?.v=1 AP Sirius, XM Satellite Unveil New Plans Monday July 23, 11:28 am ET Sirius, XM Satellite to Submit Response to FTC, Unveil a La Carte, Family Plans NEW YORK (AP) -- Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. said Monday the companies plan to offer a la cart plans to consumers starting at $6.99 for 50 channels. The two radio satellite operators, which are merging in a $4.7 billion deal announced in February, also plan to introduce two family-friendly plans that will block adult-themed programing. The companies are filing on Tuesday joint reply comments to the Federal Trade Commission, which is considering whether to approve the merger of Sirius and XM Satellite. The deal, which has faced opposition from lawmakers and consumer groups, also requires approval by the Justice Department. Under the a la carte option, customers will be able to buy additional channels for as little as 25 cents each. A second a la carte option will allow subscribers to choose 100 channels and will allow Sirius customers to select from some of the best of XM's programming and XM subscribers to choose from some of the best of Sirius' programming. In total, the companies plan to offer eight plans costing up to $16.99 per month. Currently, the companies offer programming options costing from $12.95 to $25.90 per month. A la carte programming will be available beginning within one year following the merger, and the other programming options will be available beginning within six months following the merger. "The a la carte options and other packages unveiled today demonstrate that consumers will be the beneficiaries of this merger," said Mel Karmazin, chief executive of Sirius Satellite. "The efficiencies of the merger will allow the combined companies to save hundreds of millions of dollars a year and give us the opportunity to increase the number of programming options available to subscribers." In morning trading, shares of XM Satellite fell 3 cents to $12.62, and Sirius Satellite shares added 10 cents to $3.22.