This may or may not make a difference in the approval process of the merger between SIRIUS Satellite Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) and XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ:XMSR). The companies have said they will offer an a la carte programming selection for clients after the companies merge. This is ahead of tomorrow’s filing of a joint reply to the FCC that will include pricing plans and programming. In total, it looks like the companies announced a suite of eight post-merger programmingoptions.
One option is for 50 channels at $6.99, down from $12.95 today; plus those subscribers can add channels for $0.25 each. A second option of 100 channels will allow SIRIUS customers to select from XM’s programming and vice versa. There will also be ‘family-friendly’ options to block adult shows. There is also a plan for a "Best Of Both" programming. These plans will have price ranges from $6.99 to $16.99.
Before thinking this will be immediate, there will be some time. A la carteprogramming 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. If you want to see more details on the programming, you can see it at the merger site here.
Jon C. Ogg
July 23, 2007
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