Monday, June 18, 2007

The merger

While XM and Sirius still try to convince the public that a merger doesn't mean a monopoly, (I agree. Satellite Radio's competition is really the terrestrial market and XM/Sirius only have a 1-2% market share. No wonder the NAB is lobbying hard to undo the merger.) in the long-term Satellite Radio is doomed.

In today's WSJ, Sarah McBride points out that various companies are trying to push portability in cars and music players.
Once all cars/phone are WiFi-enabled, it's a whole new game: Why clutter your car with numerous receivers, have a home dock, hang an antenna from your roof when you can just stream your content through your phone? Satellite Radio better focus on his this mid-term threat or their satellites will be useless very soon.

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