XM Hard Rock Fans….Sirius XM has been changing stations over today, as
they try to align their two satellite networks.
XM41 The Boneyard became Hair Nation.
XM44 Fred became First Wave (Classic alternative music from artists like Depece Mode, U2 & the Smiths)
XM46 Top Track became Classic Vinyl (Classic Rock from the 60’s and 70’s)
XM47 Ethel became Alt Nation (New alternative rock from artists like The Killers, Green Day & Weezer)
XM48 Squizz became Octane (New hard rock from artists like Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold & Slipknot)
XM49 Big Tracks became Classic Rewind (Classic Rock from the 70’s & 80’s)
XM54 Lucy became Lithium (Alternative and grunge music from the 90’s)
The Boneyard will return to the XM dial in January on XM53, the current home of the 24 hour AC/DC Network.
Sirius and XM subscribers can view the channel changes at the links below.
Justice Department Gives Sirius-XM Merger the OK
The Justice Department on Monday approved Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.’s proposed $5 billion buyout of rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., saying the deal was unlikely to hurt competition or consumers.The deal was approved without conditions despite opposition from consumer groups and an intense lobbying campaign by the land-based radio industry.
The combination still requires approval from the Federal Communications Commission, which prohibited a merger when it granted satellite radio operating licenses in 1997.
The Justice Department, in a statement explaining its decision, said the combination of the companies won’t hurt competition because the companies are not competing today. Customers must buy equipment that is exclusive to either XM or Sirius, and subscribers rarely switch providers.
“People just don’t do that,” said Assistant Attorney General Thomas Barnett, in a conference call with reporters.
The government also appeared to endorse the argument of the companies that they compete with other forms of audio entertainment, including “high-definition” radio, Internet-based radio stations and even devices like Apple Inc.’s iPod.
“The likely evolution of technology in the future, including the expected introduction in the next several years of mobile broadband Internet devices, made it even more unlikely that the transaction would harm consumers in the longer term,” the Justice Department said.
The buyout received shareholder approval in November. The companies said the merger will save hundreds of millions of dollars in operating costs — savings that will ultimately benefit their customers.
XM Satellite shares rose $1.97, or 16.5 percent, to $13.90 in afternoon trading after the government’s announcement, while Sirius shares rose 28 cents, or almost 10 percent, to $3.18.