XM and Sirius Replace Confusion With More Confusion
When faced with a choice between paying $12.95 a month for 170 channels of XM satellite radio or 130 channels of Sirius, many consumers bought neither. In an effort to lure new customers, the merging satellite radio companies are switching to a la carte pricing. So instead of a straight either/or choice, it's either XM or Sirius and THEN a choice between one of eight packages in seven price ranges (with a .25 per additional channel option on a la carte 1). If you thought the two companies would merge content, they have, kinda. "SIRIUS customers will also be able to choose a family-friendly version of SIRIUS programming that includes select XM programming. And XM customers can select a family-friendly XM programming option that includes select SIRIUS programming. These packages will cost $14.99 per month, a credit of $2.00 per month from the cost of the "best of" packages." Confused? You will be.
Subscription radio is an idea I can live without. I don't need one more company dipping into my pocket once a month. Also, I like my radio listening to have a local flavor. Who wants the same thing everywhere? How dull!
Clear channel does own both radio stations I listen to in Tampa but the local sports djs do add a local flavor and the ones we have in Tampa I prefer to the nationally syndicated sports djs