Sunday, July 22, 2007

XM and SIRIUS to Offer A La Carte Programming

SIRIUS Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio promised that if their merger goes through, they will offer consumers the opportunity to choose programming on an a la carte basis.

On Tuesday, XM and SIRIUS will file their joint reply comments with the FCC, including detailed programming and pricing plans, including two a la carte options. One option will allow subscribers to choose 50 channels for $6.99 -- a 46 percent decrease from the current standard subscription rate of $12.95. Under this option, customers will also be able to include additional channels for as little as 25 cents each. The second a la carte option will allow subscribers to choose 100 channels and will allow SIRIUS customers to select from some of the best of XM's programming (and XM subscribers to choose from some of the best of SIRIUS' programming). The combined SIRIUS-XM will also offer several other new programming packages, including two "family-friendly" options, as well.

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