You would think that if someone was going to put out the money for a system like this, it would be a bit more practical than this particular system is. However this thing is loaded with all HD and SD goodness that you could possibly want from top to bottom.
So ever since XM and Sirius even mentioned the possibility that they might be merging they have had to battle the FCC, the NAB, and Clear Channel to the death. Well apparently they got past the FCC (sort of) and past the NAB and now their last opponent is Clear Channel.
Which is always good right? Apparently the deal is $6.95 per month for the first 50 channels of your choosing from one provider. From there it goes up to $14.95, but you get to choose up to 100 channels from either provider.
Mergers, eh? Some might say they're bad news - big companies getting even bigger and squashing out the little guy - whilst others think they're a good thing. XM and Sirius are the latest big boys to do the dance of the frotting assets and they've pushed the company line that consumer-experience won't be negatively impacted, most notably through price rises.
It might, however, be a case of what's not said being more important, as Gene Kimmelman of the Consumers Union suggests:
"The heads of XM and Sirius want consumers to believe that prices won't rise after a merger, but that's probably not the case. By highlighting a price freeze for the old package of services, they leave the impression that's what consumers will pay for the new, combined offerings. But they haven't really said what the new prices will be"