This came from the XM 10K filed Friday
DirecTV Satellite Television Service. We offer music channels as part of certain programming packages on the DirecTV satellite television service. Subscribers to this network are not included in our subscriber count.
XM Content Through Mobile Phone Carriers. We offer music and comedy channels to mobile phone users through relationships with certain mobile phone carriers. Subscribers to these services are not included in our subscriber count.
Subscribers to the following services are not included in our subscriber count, unless the applicable service is purchased by the subscriber separately and not as part of a subscription to the XM satellite radio service:
Internet Radio. We simulcast music channels and select non-music channels over the Internet. We are transitioning XM Online from a service offered for no additional charge as part of our base subscription price to a service that is offered to subscribers for a fee.
Shows the reason they are so sure of the positives they spoke of in the conference call. Also shows why no more guidance on subs
Space Systems/Loral is constructing a fifth satellite, XM-5, for use in our system. XM-5 is a Loral FS-1300 model satellite. We have entered into an agreement with Sea Launch to secure a launch for XM-5. We expect to launch XM-5 during late 2009 or early 2010
Is it possible to re configure this SAT to leverage mobile video capability before launch?
A La Carte Programming: We and SIRIUS committed to offer the a la carte programming options described below to consumers with eligible radios :
• 50 channels are available for $6.99 a month. Additional channels can be added for 25 cents each, with premium programming priced at additional cost. However, in no event will a customer subscribing to this a la carte option pay more than $12.95 per month for this programming.
• 100 channels, including channels from both services, are available on an a la carte basis for $14.99 a month.
SIRIUS’ a la carte packages allow subscribers to pick, through interactive menus available on the Internet, the specific channels they would like to receive. SIRIUS has introduced these packages, including channels from both services, and a radio capable of receiving them.
“Best of Both” Programming: SIRIUS and XM offer customers the ability to receive the best of both SIRIUS and XM programming at a monthly cost of $16.99.
Mostly Music or News, Sports and Talk Programming: SIRIUS and XM offer customers an option of “mostly music” programming or “mostly news, sports and talk” programming at a cost of $9.99 per month.
Discounted Family-Friendly Programming: SIRIUS and XM offer consumers a “family-friendly” version of existing SIRIUS or XM programming at a cost of $11.95 a month, representing a discount of $1.00 per month. SIRIUS and XM also offer customers a family-friendly version of the “best of both” programming. This programming costs $14.99 per month, representing a discount of $2.00 per month from the cost of the “best of” programming.
This needs to be shouted from the rooftops everywhere!! The lack of marketing and effective advertising is sickening.
In addition, SIRIUS and XM have agreed to enter into long-term leases or other agreements to provide to a Qualified Entity or Entities, defined as an entity or entities that are majority-owned by persons who are African American, not of Hispanic origin; Asian or Pacific Islanders; American Indians or Alaskan Natives; or Hispanics, rights to four percent of the full-time audio channels on the SIRIUS platform and on the XM platform. As digital compression technology enables us to broadcast additional full-time audio channels, we will ensure that four percent of full-time audio channels on our platform are reserved for a Qualified Entity or Entities.
The Qualified Entity or Entities will not be required to make any lease payments for such channels. We will have no editorial control over these channels. We expect the FCC to inform it how it plans to select these Qualified Entities in the future. In February 2009, the FCC commenced a proceeding to determine the method to select these Qualified Entities.
This whole section makes me sick!
The Apple iPod ® is a portable digital music player that allows users to download and purchase music through Apple’s iTunes ® Music Store, as well as convert music on compact disc to digital files. Apple has sold over 170 million iPods ® . iPods ® are compatible with certain car stereos and various home speaker systems, and certain automakers have entered into arrangements with manufacturers of portable media players that are expected to enhance this compatibility. Availability of music in the public MP3 audio standard has been growing in recent years with sound files available on the websites of online music retailers, artists and record labels and through numerous file sharing software programs. These MP3 files can be played instantly, burned to a compact disc or stored in various portable players available to consumers. Internet-based audio formats are becoming increasingly competitive as quality improves and costs are reduced.
Why the iphone app is a big deal.....look at that number! It could be the beginning of some very important developments.