As the much anticipated conference call of Sirius XM CEO Mel Karmazin draws near, you may have missed the lone company press release today regarding a new exclusive Beatles program on Sirius.
I'm sure you are thinking, who cares? Am I right? Of course I am. I too, watched the stock get pounded to new lows today and could not care less about yet another programming announcement. Much less one that dealt with the Beatles.
That is until I spotted a very Interesting notation in the L.A. Times Music Blog. To begin with, it seems this is not a new show but rather a show that has been on terrestrial radio for many years. It also has a decent following, but that's not the interesting part.
The interesting part is that the Times states that a special waiver had to be granted to Sirius to broadcast the show!
"One reason the show had never been streamed or picked up by satellite radio previously is that Internet radio stations are restricted from playing more than a few tracks from the same album or by the same artist within a three-hour period. A special waiver was required to allow “Breakfast With the Beatles” on satellite radio."
Special waiver? Exclusive? Internet? This would also firm up support for iPod inclusion rumors. Speaking of rumors, another new rumor has surfaced regarding Sirius XM inclusion into a new Microsoft Xbox relaunch due on September 25th.
Position: Long SIRI