Despite Martin Approval, Actual XM/Sirius Merger Must Wait Months
Even though FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has finally signed off on the merger between satellite radio companies XM and Sirius, the actual merging of operations remains several months away, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
That’s because the two companies, during most of the 16 months since the first announced their intention to merge, have been barred from actually making plans about how to actually merge their operations, a process that cannot begin until the full FCC has officially approved the merger.
The Journal reported, however, that some new pricing schemes will become available once the merger is final, including bare-bones subscription offers, combinations of all of old service and only the “best of” the other, and other options. The services are also expected to introduce new receivers in the fall, ahead of the holiday shopping seasons.