On the heels of a positive Washington Post article where Chairman Martin seemed to hint at merger approval, we were informed that Sirius Satellite Radio and hopeful merger partner XM Satellite Radio had meetings with the offices of all three of the republican FCC commissioners on July 9, 2008. In contrast to previous filings where… → Read More
Months ago, when Georgetown Partners began their quest for 20% of the SDARS spectrum, I composed a list of questions that I felt should be answered. Among those questions was whether Georgetown was looking to build their own satellite radio company, or merely going to act as an “auctioneer” of channels to terrestrial radio broadcasters…. → Read More
This is the first time that I remember hearing a beaten tone in the normally energetic/optimistic voice of Jim Cramer. In a recent video on TheStreet (below) Cramer said that “the next 4 days are crucial” and that “If it is not ruled on by June this may go to September.” Not exactly the promising… → Read More
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Yesterday we indicated in our article Merger Signed Sealed And Awaiting Delivery , that the formal letter outlining the concessions of the merger would be posted to the FCC website this morning. This has now happened, and the market will now be able to digest exactly what the FCC commissioners are voting on. This letter… → Read More
Today it was made public that Chairman Martin not only would be issuing a draft order regarding the merger of Sirius and XM, but that he indeed supported the merger. This is probably the most positive news that SDARS has seen since the DOJ announced approval back in March. What today’s activities mean, at a… → Read More
The National Association of Broadcasters issued statements today regarding the events surrounding recent comments by FCC Chairman Kevin Martin. In their statements, the NAB said nothing relating to the public interest issue that the FCC uses to make their determination. Instead, the NAB focused on interoperability, repeater networks, and FM modulators. NAB Executive Vice President… → Read More
Sirius and XM met with Martin, McDowell, and Tate late last week according to Exparte filings with the FCC published today. It would appear to be a case of shoring up the votes that anyone following the issue have always thought were the most likely to support the marriage between the two satellite radio operators…. → Read More
According to the Associated Press, and multiple sources, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is recommending approval of the proposed merger between Sirius and XM. As reported late last week, rumors of circulation of a draft order from the Chairman were imminent. Here at Sirius Buzz, we pointed out that one possible prerequisite for the draft order… → Read More
Our old friend Jim Cramer from TheStreet is back again and he has some new advice for Sirius and XM this time around. Jim thinks that it is time to play the, if you don’t let us merge there will be only one choice, card. He thinks doing so will force the FCC to finally… → Read More
There was a point in time when this headline would generate massive response, but after months and months of waiting, and after hearing many times that the merger decision may be getting close, the street may be a bit hesitant. However, this analysis comes from Stifel’s Blair Levin, who typically has had a pretty good… → Read More