Merging Signals

Huzzah!  If the FCC approves, we’ll be able to listen to both Howard Stern and the Sox with one tiny receiver and one monthly bill.   Sirius and XM are planning a merger, and if it passes regulatory hurdles, those of us devoted to Howard, Bababooey, Artie, & Co. will also now be able to get local Red Sox radio broadcasts down here in the Big Apple without having to shell out another 13 bucks a month for a second service.  As currently configured XM radio has an exclusive deal with MLB while those of us subscribing to Sirius get, uh, Nascar.   Not that there’s anything wrong with that.  This joining of forces just might make up for a small portion of the MLB Directv disaster.  If it happens.  Our fingers are crossed.

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  • glad to hear mlb fans of sirius and xm may be taken care of sf, but i’m less excited about the proliferation of stern’s distasteful brand of pollution he passes off as humor…to each his own…

    dc February 19, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Not the least bit surprising to me; I’ve predicted this since the birth of XM and Sirius. Assuming it goes through, of course. The timing’s convenient too. I got XM for the MLB and NASCAR broadcasts, and then NASCAR went and jumped to Sirius this year, so…now I can get both again. Nice.

    mouse - SF February 19, 2007, 11:52 pm
  • i thought i was the only one, who is not a trucker, that subscribes to both satellite services. i need xm for the sox games and ACC basketball, and sirus for stern and stern alone. xm’s music stations are so far superior to sirus’s it’s laughable. hopefully the merger will recognize this. maybe now the world will hear the genius of richard christy.

    sf rod February 20, 2007, 12:54 am
  • mouse – you actually listen to NASCAR on satellite radio? i didn’t know people did such things. i will never understand the lure of NASCAR.

    tommy February 20, 2007, 3:34 am
  • Don’t get too excited. Next thing you know, MLB will sell off exclusive rights to national radio coverage to DirecTV’s digital audio channels, too.

    Adam February 20, 2007, 8:13 am
  • I love this, but there is something we all need to keep in mind…
    Look for a cable model, basic service is X, then you can add premium programming like Stern or MLB for Y, etc…
    Not such a bad thing, but this is going to get more expensive for the consumer, it almost has to.

    LocklandSF February 20, 2007, 9:30 am
  • I wonder if XM will see subscriptions increase from those who can’t get DirecTV? Listening to baseball on the radio is almost as good as watching on TV, plus there’s the nostalgia factor…
    I wonder how much this new monopoly will raise its rates. And why does the FCC need to approve it, again? It doesn’t have anything to do with the public’s airwaves.

    Paul SF February 20, 2007, 9:51 am
  • From the article:
    The deal faces substantial obstacles in Washington, including a Federal Communications Commission provision that specifically forbids the two companies to combine.
    Analysts have noted that the FCC could change the rule, but in a statement late Monday FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said that the “hurdle” would be “high” to prove that the deal would be in the public interest.
    “The companies would need to demonstrate that consumers would clearly be better off with both more choice and affordable prices,” Martin said.
    A combination would also have to meet antitrust approval from the Department of Justice. The companies are expected to argue that they compete not only with each other but also with traditional radio and a growing base of digital audio sources such as iPods, mobile phones and non-satellite digital radio.

    SF February 20, 2007, 9:54 am
  • Hey SF, did you hear Artie tell the story about the Mick and Maris recently? I’ve heard it before but to hear Artie tell it had me on the floor.
    Since all the hub bub about Jetes and Arod is all the rage lately, let me share this gem with the rest of you about a couple of more interesting Yankee teamates.
    So it is sometime during the offseason in the early 60’s and the Mick and Maris are quail or pheasant hunting in upstate NY. Being the good ole boys that they were, they came up to farmhouse and the Mick went to ask permission to hunt on the farmer’s land.
    So Roger’s sitting in the car and the Mick knocks on the farmhouse door. An elderly guy answers and the Mick politely asks if he and his friend can hunt on his land. The farmer says he doesn’t mind but asks Mantle if he could do a big favor for him. The old farmer tells him of an old, lame horse in his barn that needs to be put down; the farmer has had the horse for years and doesn’t have the heart to do it. “Would you put down my horse down son if I allow you boys to hunt on my land? “Sure” the Mick says.
    So the Mick walks back to the car and the rest goes something like this:
    Maris: “What’d he say?”
    Mick: (Feigning anger) “You believe that motherfu**er?! He told told us to get the hell off his property and if he catches us hunting on it he’ll take a shot at us!”
    Maris: “Jesus Mick, let scram.”
    Mantle: “No fu*k that. I’m gonna teach this old bastard a lesson, let’s go shoot his horse or cows or something.”
    Maris: “WHAT?!”
    Mantle: “You heard me, I’m gonna go shoot one of this bastard’s animals.”
    The Mick then proceeded to storm off towards the barn in mock anger with Maris scampering behind him in utter terror. So the story goes that the Mick goes in the barn and shoots the horse and Maris turned white as a sheet yelling at Mickey that he “wasn’t going to go jail for his dumb ass!” Mantle soon after began laughing so hard that he couldn’t stand, and then let Roger in on the joke. What a classic, Mickey Mantle was the best.

    bloodyank78 February 20, 2007, 10:35 am
  • now that’s funny…except for the poor horse…

    dc February 20, 2007, 10:39 am
  • that’s a good story. Funny.

    Brad February 20, 2007, 11:03 am
  • hideki matsui on daisuke matsuzaka yesterday:
    “I think he’s the best pitcher in Japan,” Matsui said through an interpreter. “I know his pitching style, so I’m going to tell my teammates the information.”
    i just thought that was funny.

    Yankee Fan In Boston February 20, 2007, 11:19 am
  • It makes sense that there’s a DOJ antitrust question, but the FCC it seems only has the right to interfere with companies when they broadcast over limited-access, public-owned airwaves. It’s what gives them the right to fine network TV and AM/FM radio stations for indecency. I’m just having trouble trying to figure where the FCC comes into play on what is essentially a monopolization issue that happens to deal with communication.

    Paul SF February 20, 2007, 2:21 pm
  • //mouse – you actually listen to NASCAR on satellite radio? i didn’t know people did such things. i will never understand the lure of NASCAR.//
    Yeah, I have, though I obviously prefer watching the races on TV (or in person). I am first a baseball fan, but I like NASCAR too. I go to the races in Loudon, NH every year. Don’t knock it until you’ve been to one.

    mouse - SF February 20, 2007, 3:29 pm

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