XM/Sirius Merger Means More Choices for Existing Customers Too

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General Motors' executive director for satellite radio services, Richard Lee, sent out an e-mail this afternoon explaining that the newly merged XM and Sirius satellite radio companies would soon begin offering combined XM/Sirius services to existing XM and Sirius customers. Significantly to me as a consumer, the factory installed XM satellite radio in my seven month old 2008 Saturn Outlook would not need to be replaced in order to take advantage of the company's expanded offerings. Admittedly, I had not been following the XM/Sirius merger closely, so this was welcome news to me and his note was something that I wanted to pass along to all of you.

Here's what Mr. Lee had to say:

At GM, we're focused on each and every aspect of our owners' driving experience. So we've naturally paid close attention to the merger of XM and SIRIUS.

The merger has been approved, and now XM and SIRIUS will move forward with their plans. I'm writing today to tell you that we think that's great news for GM owners. Here are three reasons why:

  • You'll have new choices. A combined company will be able to offer an even broader spectrum of audio entertainment. You'll have the choice of the best of both companies' programming.
  • You'll get new pricing and packages. In fact, there will be exciting new subscription packages that combine the best of what each company has to offer. Packages including the best of both XM and SIRIUS programming will be priced below the cost of subscribing to them separately.
  • You'll use the same radios. XM has guaranteed us that no radio will become obsolete due to the merger. Both companies have millions of radios entertaining loyal listeners. The combined company wants subscribers to enjoy those radios more than ever!

There's nothing you need to do right now. Look for an e-mail in the next few months with programming and pricing specifics. For any questions in the meantime, go to xmradio.com.

XM and SIRIUS will soon bring you the level of service you've come to expect, along with new plans and programming that will exceed your expectations. You, as a valued GM owner, deserve nothing less.

Source: GM

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