July 29, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger
Well, we can all stop holding our breath now. The XM and Sirius satellite radio merger has finally been completed today, according to the AP.
If you were hoping for a cool new name like SiriuxM or XMirius or Super Satellite SM Radio, you’ll just have to settle for Sirius XM Radio Inc., which was the winner. Stock will continue to be found and traded under SIRI on Nasdaq.
We’re eager to keep an eye on the shakeout, which we understand to include a la carte programming where you can pick and choose stations from both services, as well as a cheaper monthly plan with 50 stations from one of the two services from what the Wall Street Journal has reported.
What we’re not sure of is how this will affect the devices we currently use to get our satellite radio—whether it’s in the home, in the car or on the go. A la carte radios for the combined programming are speculated, though.
We’ll also see what stations get dropped, so there’s not much duplication. What would be on your a la carte lineup? Will you go for the low-cost 50-channel programming and try to save a few bucks? Let us know in comments below. As long as Sirius saves Jam On and XM delivers Deep Tracks, I’d be a happy customer.
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