The XM/Sirius merger is all but rubber-stamped. Obvious question: Will this new hybrid with cheaper, shinier programming come in on my current gear? Yes and no. If you keep your old radio, XM customers will keep getting their XM stuff with the added goodness of Sirius programming, and while Sirius people will get their same batch, plus the fresh crunch of XM content. You'll need a new best-of-both-worlds radio that's still in development to take advantage of one of the two a la carte packages that'll be offered, however. It'll hit the market after the merger's got its last i's dotted and t's crossed. [<A href=Image via Flickr]
Allowing these two companies to merge ensures that satellite radio will survive as a business, and because of this will provide healthy competition to regular radio.
Over the years regular radio has become an incredibly bloated, over-advertised mess. When Howard was on terrestrial I believe his commercial load was 24 minutes every hour. Music stations on terrestrial radio are heavily ad-laden, and the available variety of music is simply non-existent. Why? Because the same companies own the same stations all across the country.
Satellite radio was a complete breath of fresh air, but both companies were essentially losing money hand over fist. Better to let them merge and keep satellite radio afloat than to let both companies fail and go back to the awfulness that is terrestrial radio.