Sunday, April 27, 2008

FreeSat? Attorney Generals propose free satellite radio

As part of the cost for allowing XM and Sirius to merge, the Attorney Generals of four US states have proposed the new company should offer free bandwidth to some form of public-service radio. The idea being that if people who've paid out for an XM or Sirius receiver no longer wish to pay money to the united company, this way they'd still have something to listen to. Kind of like the channels which broadcast in the clear to Sky digiboxes, then.

It's actually a good idea for the Sirius-XM corporation, too: easier, surely, to persuade people to buy kit if they know that they'll still be able to tune in if they decide the cost of subscriptions is too much of a drain on the family pocketbook some time in the future.