06-09-2013, 03:32 PM
Originally Posted by SIRIUSaboutXM
Heard that too- this could be the best thing that ever happened to XM. The Clear Channel contract has always held XM & SXM back in many ways. CC had some great channels back in the early 2000's, but not so much anymore. I'm sure a few subs will be disappointing to lose a few shows & channels, but it will end up being a good move in the long run. Just think of all the bandwidth that will free up! Since all the Canadian channels(in the 160-170's) got screwed into Mono with the latest channel realignment, they should all prosper greatly from this. The Verge has already said it is working on getting back to stereo.
And I think SXM will replace some of the CC channels with suitable alternatives or even bring back some channels that were canceled due to the merger- how about that concept?
Fine Tuning, X Country, Beyond Jazz, Special X, Bootlegs to name a few!
Given the first bandwidth squeeze happened when XM added 'replacement' channels to the CC channels after the arbitrator ruled in favour of CC and commercials they will probably just give the bandwidth to existing channels to make them sound better since the CC channels already have SXM replacements. That would be my hope anyways.
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