Where will the next Satellite Radio Company come from?

semipenguin

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Any thoughts?

I'm wondering if there's a company out there that might want to put a few satellites in orbit and start broadcasting music, talk, and sports?...:scratch:

What would a company like that have to go through just to get it started from scratch and what obstacles would they face? The start up costs and federal regulations?

Would a company like Clear Channel, Microsoft, Apple want to get into this game? Would they get the backing of the government, auto makers, mortgage brokers?...:right:

What about a foreign business or country coming in and starting one? Would a foreign business/country even need our country's approval to broadcast something down to radios in this country?

Any thoughts?...:)
 
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HomieG

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If the price of SIRI stock goes down much more, maybe we can all chip in and buy the whole company ;)

But siriusly, the FCC would probably first have to allocate spectrum to be used for this, probably the first major obstacle. The second likely would be several applications to use that spectrum, from various competing applicants.
 
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semipenguin

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If the price of SIRI stock goes down much more, maybe we can all chip in and buy the whole company ;)
I have a buck twenty three in my pocket. How much can we get?...:p

I'm sure the allocation of bandwidth could be side-stepped by a foreign source...:right:
 

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Once there's enough WiFi & G3 coverage then streaming 'Net music to a car would make more sense and cost much less. It's just a matter of time really. The only problem with that is that the verizons will rape you even further with their data plans.

Just think about your music collection at home serving out music to all your mobile devices and sharing with friends...maybe you can make a buck or two while you're at it.
 

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Why are you asking this question? Considering how the stock prices is for SiriusXM, who wants to start up another satellite radio business? Even Worldspace already declare bankruptcy.

Maybe when SiriusXM go out of business, I am sure someone will buy them out considering how valuable their satellites are. But I am not sure it will be satellite radio though. They may turn it to something else.
 

semipenguin

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Why are you asking this question? Considering how the stock prices is for SiriusXM, who wants to start up another satellite radio business? Even Worldspace already declare bankruptcy.
What's wrong with having more of a good thing? Competition never hurt anyone...:)

Maybe when SiriusXM go out of business, I am sure someone will buy them out considering how valuable their satellites are. But I am not sure it will be satellite radio though. They may turn it to something else.
Like what? A Pup 'N Taco?...:right:

:)
 

jwt873

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There's an outfit called Georgetown Parnters LLC, that has been trying to get their foot in the door since day one. They were there bidding in the initial frequency auction for one of the two satellite radio slots... XM and Sirius were the winners.

When Sirius and XM started merger proceedings, Georgetown was there trying to get the FCC to force Sirius/XM to hand over bandwidth.

If Siri/XM fails, I'm sure we'll see Georgetown trying again.
 

DAB

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There is no spectrum left, unless Sirius XM was to go belly up. So there will be no other sat companies unless that happens and no one else buys it and keeps it going.
 

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I hope it won't happen, preferring the devil I know.... That being said, the barrier to entry is much too high in the current financial climate, so I'm with those saying that any "new" company will be some existing company grabbing the carcass of Sirius/XM. Maybe Dish Network or DirecTV might be interested? Dish is trying to expand, with the purchase of Sling - jut not sure that SatRad falls into something they would be interested in.
 

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If they can't afford to repay their debt, I don't see why chapter 7 isn't one of two options.
Because that's exactly what chapter 11 is for...

No company with 19 million customers would go chapter 7, chapter 7 is for a company that has no income. Sirius has income, just not enough. Chapter 11 would allow them to reorganize and terminate any outstanding contracts (*hint* Stern *hint*), without going out of business.