Originally Posted by mdovell
Although the justice department approved it I won't expect anything to be approved until at least january...why?
someone on a business channel put it like this. Terrestrial radio get ticked off at politicians that allow the merger...OK so what do they do...they refuse to run any political ads this season. Taking political ads out of radio and well that could easily hurt campaigns.
Also another person basically put it as a merger could be allowed as long as it is just one license. If they could cram everything into the same spectrum then it would be fine. Sometimes when stations in the past bought each other out they might have dropped the license from one station.
I wouldn't be surprised to see this get delayed until the spring contingent that some of the licenses change.
"DOJ Approves Sirius/XM Merger"
"The statement also dismisses claims by HD Radio that a merged Sirius and XM would exclude competing technology from car stereos and other equipment."
"FCC Chairman says Sirius-XM ruling possible by June 30th"
"Regarding the open device condition, we agreed with the Chairman that should the Commission permit any entity to manufacture a satellite radio receiver, it would obviate the need for a mandate that all satellite radios have an HD radio chip, or that they be interoperable. In that case, the market would inevitably provide for satellite radio receivers with a wide variety of features (emphasis added). Takeaway: This is a strong suggestion that iBiquity's proposal is losing ground in favor of open access."
So far, the DOJ has ruled against HD Radio, and it looks like iBiquity is losing ground with the FCC (whoever thought that would happen, since until now, the FCC approval of HD/IBOC has been a complete giveaway to iBiquity). Struble might regret opening Satrad receivers up to iPod jacks, Internet Radio, etc. The FCC might rule by July, if Satrad hasn't gone bankrupt by that time. With Internet Radio coming to BMW and Chrysler, and surely will be the norm in the future, Satrad and HD Radio are only buying time. Here's a really cool article on the testing of mobile Internet Radio:
"Honolulu's Brock Whaley: I have heard the future in my car"
"We have Clearwire here in Hawaii, so I thought, What the hell? Will it work in my car? Can I have the world's radio stations at my fingertips while I drive around Kailua and Honolulu? Can I listen to London, Atlanta, and Chicago while I drive to Safeway and back? Can I still DX? Can I listen with in stereo with no fading, static, and drop out? Can I really access the web for miles while in motion?"
There's no way that either Satrad, or HD Radio, could compete with Internet Radio's access to 10,000+ stations worldwide.