Digital rights for music and content is not a new phenomenon, but it is only just now that the issue seems to be raising the stakes in the world of digital content. With the advent of smart phones and apps, the ease with which digital content can be accessed has made it a cash cow… → Read More
It is the issue that wont go away, and even after almost three years has not come to a resolution. Back when the merger was approved there were several stipulations attached. One stipulation related to Sirius XM giving up space for channels to be leased to “qualified entities” that would provide minority and educational programming…. → Read More
When the FCC approved the merger between Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio their were several conditions attached. One of the conditions was that Sirius XM agreed to lease back channels to qualified entities to serve minority, educational, and under served markets. Over two years have passed, and to date no real action has… → Read More
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Sirius XM Investors and subscribers are very familiar with royalties. The company has been paying royalties to the music industry for quite some time, and a little over a year ago began passing those costs onto consumers. Terrestrial radio on the other hand has been royalty free for decades. In essence, terrestrial radio got to… → Read More
That clapping you just heard was likely Howard Stern, one of the most heavily fined radio personalities in the history of broadcasting. These day’s Howard has little to worry about when it comes to FCC decency standards because he broadcasts his show uncensored on Sirius XM’s subscription based satellite radio. That was not always the… → Read More
The National Association of Broadcasters filed comments yesterday with the FCC regarding media ownership reform. In their filing the NAB characterizes the proposed reforms as modest changes. What is at stake is the rule that currently bans or limits cross ownership between the newspaper-broadcast and radio-television cross-ownership rules. The NAB wants these rules eliminated. In… → Read More
The FCC has extended once again the merger requirement that would have Sirius XM Radio make available for lease 4% of their spectrum for qualified entities to deliver minority and educational programming. The merger condition was agreed to by Sirius XM, but the issue has been exactly how to move forward. various organizations and companies… → Read More
The legal system in the United States is often considered the best in the world. However, sometimes things that go through the courts defy logic and can give even the most patient person a migraine headache. The latest in legal shenanigans involves East Texas, Apple, and Sirius XM Radio. In a split decision a Federal… → Read More
The FCC is preparing to meet on May 20th to discuss and possibly set policy with regard to the WCS and SDARS spectrum. As SiriusBuzz reported earlier this week, Sirius XM released a video demonstrating the potential interference that WCS devices could case for satellite radio users. The video was compelling, in that rather than… → Read More
Long Ago, before the merger of Sirius and XM, U.S. Electronics was a hardware distributor for Sirius Satellite Radio. The company made and distributed Sirius Satellite radio products under the XACT name badge in an exclusive deal with Sirius. At some point along the way, U.S. Electronics started another company that cut a deal to… → Read More