I’m sure many of the wired in folks caught that XM Radio and Sirius are planning to merge… but how does it affect the media market in D.C.? Will D.C. loose it’s new media muscle to New York, or will, if approved by the FCC and SEC, provide for growth in this rather odd media format.
I know I abandoned the D.C. radio market once I got my iPod and WETA started playing roulette with their programming (as was the demise, the first time ’round of WHFS and other stations). I’ve cut the final thread with the gift of an XM subscription for Christmas. I’ve heard complaints from a number of people when discussing this topic about choice (limited playlists of themed channels, such as jazz and film music) to incomplete coverage (NHL games), will a merged entity do any better, or will it mirror the cable industry with a lack of choice and rising costs. I know Verizon has been kicking ass with their FiOS rollout in Metro DC. So competition, in at least this business school case, actually works. How would it work for something is a little less demand?
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs