SatRadio Update

 SatRadio Update

Merger negotiations between XM and Sirius Satellite Radio (SatRadio) companies were slated to end today but the two have extended negotiations until May 1, 2008. Earth broadcasters have filed all kinds of motions with DOJ and FCC, delaying the process and costing XM and Sirius millions in legal expenses. 

HDTM Radio, a process that allows conventional radio stations to send two weak digital channels to a small part of their broadcast areas, has tried to horn in on the deal, demanding that the new XM-Sirius digital receivers also pick up HDTM Radio broadcasts, even though the technology is entirely different.

Both satellite services are losing money, but losses are decreasing. A total of 17 million listeners subscribe to SatRadio services. In contrast, consumers have resisted buying HDTM Radio receivers, with only a few hundred thousand sold. HDTM Radio is a government-sanctioned monopoly of the iBiquity corporation, in no position to make a logical anti-trust argument against the merger.

3 Responses to “SatRadio Update”

  1. PocketRadio Says:

    That 200,000 number of HD radios sold is bogus:

    “HD Radio spinners claim a breakthrough year: Pulling a fast one”

    “According to a press release from the Alliance 330,000 HD receivers were sold last year. This is a 725 per cent increase from the 40,000 sets purchased a year earlier and therefore 2007 was a ‘breakthrough year’ for the technology. In 2008 they will sell a million of the things.”

    “DEAD AIR: Radio’s great leap forward stalling in the Valley”

    “Retailers say no one is buying HD radios in South Texas despite scattered attempts by broadcasters to promote the digital signal technology…”

    “HD Radio Has Yet To Take Off”

    “But the technology hasn’t taken off as expected. NBC 5 could not find one person who owns a hi-def radio and neither could KISS FM’s program director. I don’t know anybody that has one yet, Davis said.”

    “High-def radio is here, but is anyone listening?”

    “But 19 Utah stations are broadcasting 31 high-definition radio channels with six more coming soon… It seems the stations are investing in technology the public isn’t quite ready to embrace…. Some have heard it referred to but never had cause to get one. Unless you are a gadget person, few of these radios have sold.”

    “HD’s here. Who’s listening?”

    “But consumers haven’t exactly been stampeding to electronics stores for the new HD Radio sets that are required to tune in the digital signals.”

    “Don’t touch that dial: Digital radio lags behind”

    “Digital radio — now synonymous with the HD Radio brand name — apparently has yet to catch on with listeners in this area…”

  2. Mike Licht Says:

    PocketRadio: Notice that NBC5 and The Monitor think the “HD” in HD(tm) Radio stands for “high def(inition)” when it does not.

    As for the estimates in the Inquirer, if there are a total of one million HD units in the U.S. by the end of 2008 it will be remarkable.

  3. Space Radio Update « NotionsCapital Says:

    […] the merger between Sirius and XM satellite radio companies. The decision took a year thanks to delaying actions by terrestrial broadcasters. Look for all kinds of other actions by ground-based radio stations […]

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