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Is today the day?

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XM Sirius MergerIs today the day that we'll finally get a decision on the merger? Last week The Eck and the 1221 (not to mention the internets) were abuzz with rumors that approval from the Justice Department was imminent. Bob Peck's report, as well as a lack of opposing information, further fueled the excitement.

XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (XMSR) advanced 1.86, or 13.54%, to 15.60; and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. (SIRI) gained 31 cents, or 8.81%, to 3.83, on Friday trading.

Many believe that the DOJ will issue its announcement before the bell on Monday, mostly based on Bear Stearns' word that the deal will be approved as soon as last Friday or today. Of course, no one knows for sure except for the DOJ itself... but what do you think? Is today the day?

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I hope it happens today but I can see this thing dragging on. Man I hope it ends...

Hurry up you bastards, I need my raise.

Wow, everyone is awake pretty early in the morning around here...

Just hurry up and tell us that this stupid merger is NOT happening!!!!!!!!!!!!!

is this the line for the christmas bonus,am I to early......

Today is the day all you losers go broke!

I think somebody's looking for some Christmas money.

So, is today the day Mel's little doggie lifts his leg and pisses on XM like a fire plug?

Half of me hopes it happens so we can see what will REALLY happen, as all this merger waiting is getting O-L-D.

The other half of me hopes the dog catcher comes along and drags that mut off to the pound where it belongs.....

Ah, there's good ol' flynnie. One last gasp before his short position causes him some serious hurt. Bwahahaha!

At any rate... I don't think today is the day. As long as it has gone on this long, I'm guessing that nothing will happen til the 6th.

**shakes magic 8 ball**

All signs point to No.

Well... under three minutes to the bell and still no news... waiting (and hoping) for a resounding NO.

As if my day wasnt shitty enough. If this passes i may just have to eatabullet.

Thats what you all want XM subs to do anyway, right?
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I assume it will happen, if not today then soon.

But what are you going to put on this site when you don't have the merger to pimp and the NAB is no longer a threat to Mel's precious money?

Seems like things will get pretty quiet around here...

With all this talk this past week... I can't even enjoy my XM knowing the fact Mel and his team of non music experts will take over. However, Mel said it isn't a buy out, its a merger. I'll see if he lives up to that statement.

Memo to DOJ.
Go fuck yourselves in your fucking fuckhole

no disrespect

"However, Mel said it isn't a buy out, its a merger. I'll see if he lives up to that statement. "

Mel never met a promise he wouldn't break to make a buck.....

The "merger" was proposed by Sirius as a takeover. I remember the day it was announced. It's a total buyout, no matter what anyone says. A year from now you won't even SEE the "XM" logo anywhere except on old recievers. It's over.

@Randy in Minnesota: Seeing as I've been posting to Orbitcast several times a day since 2004, I don't think it'll be a problem. :)

time for a old fashioned stern funeral! bub bye 0.0
podcast willy

but remember the pests "always win in the end" ...right?

I still never get why people ignore the facts that this merger has always been a merger, and not a buyout or a takeover.

So Randy in Minny, you remember the day it was announced that it was w takeover.?.?
You know, I've done a LOT of reading on this merger and not once have I ever read the words "takeover" or "total buyout." All I've ever read is "merger of equals" or "merger."

As far as the day it was announced, let me see if I can help you recollect a little more clearly.
Here's a link to a little news outlet, called CNN (you may have heard of it) and don't worry, you don't have to read long. Just give the very 1st paragraph a quick read.
http://money.cnn.com/2007/02/19/news/companies/xm_sirius/index.htm

Or this one, from FoxNews (again, perhaps you've heard of this one too)
Check out paragraph 7.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,252775,00.html
Or if you'd like I can save you some time.....
"The companies didn't say what the new company would be called, though they described it as a merger of equals."

Maybe you can provide some sources which support the "takeover" angle. Because I'd really be interested to read those. (And make sure their not blogs from someone named SiriusFanBoy2000).

I hope today is the day it dies and goes away for ever as Mell will turn this into nation wide repetitive hits FM that you pay for let Mel find some other company to trash.

Well sounds like 0.0 spent the weekend practicing how to do a podcast, so they must know the deal. Polish up that podcasting skill. We'll see how many of the roaches actually will pay to hear your hack show on a podcast, as they are packing their bags right now and can totally see the writing on the walls.

Bye bye bitches. Howard Stern always wins in the end.

Howard's con job is what is sinking SIRIUS, no body on the radio is worth 500 million! SIRIUS is in debt and they are paying this loser 500 million, what is wrong with this picture? Where are the millions of Stern fans that were subscribing to SIRIUS? Stern wins in the end all right he has ac heaved sinking a company with a worthless show that is way over rated and is the same crap he did on FM, the only difference is he can drop F bombs.

Howard's con job is what is sinking SIRIUS, no body on the radio is worth 500 million! SIRIUS is in debt and they are paying this loser 500 million, what is wrong with this picture? Where are the millions of Stern fans that were subscribing to SIRIUS? Stern wins in the end all right he has ac heaved sinking a company with a worthless show that is way over rated and is the same crap he did on FM, the only difference is he can drop F bombs.

Are you kidding?

The millions did come after his singing...its alot of money but he is the most listen to channel, and you have clearly not listened to the show lately if you think its the same. I listen to opie every now and then, and that show is the same if not worse. I dont have anything against them, but they really dont compare to stern. His show is ten times funnier with the stuff they can do now.

Just say NO to the merger. Programming will be supressed.
Channels will be removed!! But the time has come (I hope) to hear the answer. No Xm and Sirius will NOT be merging!

Just say NO to the merger. Programming will be suppressed.
Channels will be removed!! But the time has come (I hope) to hear the answer. No Xm and Sirius will NOT be merging!

If Stern had half a brain, he would have realized that satellite radio is a fledgling industry and id salary he commands is absolutely ridiculous considering the massive debt load that could sink the company. If he was the genius everyone thinks he is he would have taken that into consideration. Why is SIRIUS not turning a profit if Stern is such a money maker?

Well, it's 2:30 EST and no decision.

Guess the analysts were doing what they usually do. Pimping out the stock/story du joure so day trading suckers can pump up a stock so the full of shit analysts can make a quick buck.

Well the 3rd is almost over and where is the news? You are correct some wild rumor to pump the stock up.

quote - "I listen to opie every now and then, and that show is the same if not worse. I dont have anything against them, but they really dont compare to stern. His show is ten times funnier with the stuff they can do now."

Stern = 3rd grade potty humor
O&A = intelligent humor
They are both very funny shows. It just depends what your brand of humor is, or what mood you're in. Stern is to Southpark as O&A are to Family Guy.

"O&A = intelligent humor"

take a bow kid..that has got to be the STUPIDEST fucking line in the history of this site

Don't get defensive, Mr. 0.0, although I expected no less. I know countless people who listen to one or both shows. In my experience, the Stern fans are usually your average mechanic or janitor. O&A fans are generally your young businessmen. And I sure there are more than plenty of exceptions.

I also have a close friend who is a mechanic and we sometimes listen to both shows together. He laughs like hell when Stern picks on a retard or describes a nice pair of tits. And he doesn't understand 3 out of 4 jokes on O&A.

Sorry

Yes it will happen today... Oh Joy... early christmas gift to the share holders, and a nice screwing over to the subscribers... take that you.. you .... you.... well you... .. and then the content went in the crapper.... oh well, we'll see... hi grandma....

I agree on the Stern 3rd grade potty humor as you need a 3rd grade mentality to enjoy the show, 500 million a year for that? There must be some real idiots running SIRIUS.

>>I agree on the Stern 3rd grade potty humor as you need a 3rd grade mentality to enjoy the show, 500 million a year for that? There must be some real idiots running SIRIUS.

Nope. Just real idiots listening, or those who seek out mediocrity and will never settle for less. Let's face it: Howard gives the people what they want, and "the people" apparently are retards who are home shoving crayons up their noses and eating paste.

Enjoy your merger, suckers!

>>I agree on the Stern 3rd grade potty humor as you need a 3rd grade mentality to enjoy the show, 500 million a year for that? There must be some real idiots running SIRIUS.

Nope. Just real idiots listening, or those who seek out mediocrity and will never settle for less. Let's face it: Howard gives the people what they want, and "the people" apparently are retards who are home shoving crayons up their noses and eating paste.

Enjoy your merger, suckers!

Hey LAPTOP GAMER:

You said that Howard Stern isn't worth the $500 million he was paid?

Why is it that ever since he made the switch, SIRIUS has NEVER got beat by XM since?

Do you think that the $750 million they paid for MLB was worth it? Hint= NO
Do you think the money they gave for Oprah's for her weekly half-hour live show was worth it? Hint = NO
Do you think O&A could ever think of garnering a fraction of Howards audience? Hint = NO
Do you think XM's exclusive NHL agreement reversed "The Stern Effect" Again = NO

So you can go back to your little (not to mention unbeliveably ridiculous) laptop gaming world and let SIRIUS management, on air personalities, marketing and subscribers continue their successful thwart of XM.

What is sad is SIRIUS has pinned their hopes on this over priced, overrated act and paying this clown 500 million and now have to scramble to come up with the cash, and they are hoping this merger will save their ass, but it will do nothing more than bring down 2 companies at the same time.
I can't believe how a once great company is being sunk by idiotic management. I miss the days when they both hated each other.

The merger now makes sense to me.

Of course the DOJ will approve it, and here's why.

Because Sirius spent so much money on a fart-heavy morning show, they HAVE to merge with XM just to stay in business. As weak as Stern is, he's all they have, and they would be bankrupt already if they didn't promise him more money than they can ever pay his phone-pranking ass. The DOJ probably figures....sure, what the hell, there's only gonna be one satellite company in 2 years anyway since Sirius blew it, so why not?

It's all so very, very clear to me now...let Sirius and XM merge and there will be one satellite radio company in the future, and that would be Sirius-XM (which I'd like to call SeXM). But don't let XM and Sirius merge, and not long from now there will only be one satellite radio company...XM.

Personally, I'm for no merger and Howard just retiring with all of Sirius' money...but whatever. I got the internet, and podcasts, and all that crap which I'm going to replace my satellite radio habit with and take my money elsewhere.

I like the guy who asks a question, then puts "Hint: ", and thinks he's sooo clever he does it 4 times.

I love O&A but Stern fans are much more entertaining to watch. It's like watching the Special Olympics....only dumber.

I like the guy who asks a question, then puts "Hint: ", and thinks he's sooo clever he does it 4 times.

I love O&A but Stern fans are much more entertaining to watch. It's like watching the Special Olympics....only dumber.

I like the guy who asks a question, then puts "Hint: ", and thinks he's sooo clever he does it 4 times.

I love O&A but Stern fans are much more entertaining to watch. It's like watching the Special Olympics....only dumber.

I like the guy who asks a question, then puts "Hint: ", and thinks he's sooo clever he does it 4 times.

I love O&A but Stern fans are much more entertaining to watch. It's like watching the Special Olympics....only dumber.

found an article at forbes... pretty good read about all this. the way i see it, good things will come out of this merger. sure, there may be some content sensorship issues but to the regular consumer, that shouldn't be too much of a problem - so many new channels to choose from ^_^. if you were to buy one now, cross-compatibility, in all likelihood, will NOT be a problem. both xm and sirius CEOs have issued a guarantee of sorts.

Hey 0.0! No offence, but I wish you'd switch sides and start supporting Greg and Tony.

It's "the most stupid," not "the stupidest." You're exposing most of my fans for the undeducated buffoons that they really are."

Hoo Hoo

Well no train wreck today, another day without SIRIUS dragging down YAY!

0.0 you fucking retard. Do you really think that they are just going to shutter XM's flagship morning show? Who are the people who decide to NOT get the "best of Sirius" package going to listen to? They can't do that. That would definitely be "taking away" from the consumer. Or are you one of these mouth breathers that think they are somehow going to merge bandwidth and have just one service? Idiots! That's not happening.

"Maybe you can provide some sources which support the "takeover" angle. "

Uh, because XM stock is being traded for Sirius stock... XM won't exist on wall street. The head of Sirius will be the head of the two companies... That is a take over, stupid

"O&A fans are generally your young businessmen. And I sure there are more than plenty of exceptions."

wtf...moron, you cant just make up facts or base it on the 4 people you know in your life. Stern is better mainly because he does teh ebst interviews with celebs and interesting people. He gets them to admit things that OandA wouldnt have the balls to ask. These people (celebs) are also listeners to the show and in some cases good friends to stern. Thats why he is better I personally feel.

In the end the merger is the best thing for innovation. The best of both sat music/sports will remain, new software will emerge, and more technology will be available. When your walking around with video content, music vids, and movies streaming into your handheld in several years...you will be thankful the merger went through. As with sirius back seat that seems to be the direction. The audio quality will also better than the crap XM has now. And just more content and personalities.

"Hey 0.0! No offence, but I wish you'd switch sides and start supporting Greg and Tony."

Thank you for your offer,but its my habit of actually waking up in the morning and not being lulled into a coma listening to morning zoo hack cloned radio..Besides,if i want to hear the AIDS patient member of that scary talent duo,ill just wait for the replay of the Jackie Martling Spotlight
oh and

"Do you really think that they are just going to shutter XM's flagship morning show?"

umm lets see.whos telling you that info?The Ego filled Ginger kid of the 0.0 show? Numbers proven there not a factor..so continue spinning...

let me help out all you pests with your scripted,cliche un-original lines you all use(lets be honest..the lines you all copy from 0.0)

"hoo hoo"
"tell em fred"
"howard USED to be funny"
"howard is not a factor anymore"
"we got howards audience"
"howard has a zero reating every day on FM"(by far the lamest and most retarded line yet...no shit hes gonna have no ratings when he LEFT FM on his terms, unlike 0.0 running back and being a miserable failures at it)

feel free to add any cliche' lines ive missed

smash you radios tards!that will show them you mean business

"are you with us howard" - the ginger kid

Stern is better mainly because he does teh ebst interviews with celebs and interesting people. He gets them to admit things that OandA wouldnt have the balls to ask.

Seriously, I wish O&A has asked Ken Burns if he likes anal. Or if people during the civil war liked anal. Or how big tits were back then. That would have been AWESOME RADIO.

And 0.0, by your "logic", if O&A have no impact on subscribers or listenership of XM, then EVERY channel on sirius besides 100 and 101 should be cancelled since they all have less listeners.

Just admit it, you're lying about this because you know it matters.

And 0.0, by your "logic", if O&A have no impact on subscribers or listenership of XM, then EVERY channel on sirius besides 100 and 101 should be cancelled since they all have less listeners.

NFL
NBA
NASCAR
STERN

are all major selling points for Sirius

XM's main selling point is MLB NOT 0.0...pull your head out of your ass and face reality

lets be honest here for a second,they cant even get listeners on FREE radio but yet people are signing up by the droves to pay for it???

the 15 pests out there must be keeping XM above water i guess

"Seriously, I wish O&A has asked Ken Burns if he likes anal. Or if people during the civil war liked anal. Or how big tits were back then. That would have been AWESOME RADIO."

I was just scrolling down to post something similar in response to dave.
Howie NEVER does interviews like that, and it was a great one. That's why Howie sticks to interviewing porn stars, retards, and deformed midgets. And O&A do some of that same, but add in intelligent actors, directors, and other personalities that have something to offer.

yes 0.0 interviewing cabbie and wood-yi(whatever name they use now for him) is much more intelligent...ive seen the light

Wood-Yi was on for like, 2 minutes, you fucking moron troll.

Notice how Coward says nothing about his Mom's Basement and the fact that he only is this way becuase he wants so badly to be a part of something.

Once again, if you died tonght, Howard wouldn't care... No one would. Now if I died, O&A wouldn't care, but I don't go around here and other boards acting like I am their best friend and their great defender.

You + Life = DESPERATE NEED!

"Notice how Coward says nothing about his Mom's Basement and the fact that he only is this way becuase he wants so badly to be a part of something."

well,he could smash his radio...seems to be the cool hip thing 0.0 fans do to get there point across!

"free speech" = smash a radio (even though 0.0 got suspended for insubordination)
but hey,0.0 fans are in superior intelligence than us stern fans

I always find it funny how 0.0 criticizes others for cloning what OandA say about Howard and uses the moniker 0.0, which is the same thing his hero says. Its clever when you do it (note my sarcasm), but mindless followers for others. Again, another merger topic thrown off by shock jock trolling. There is a forum here at Orbitcast (thank you Ryan) where posts like this can go. Front page topics need to stay on topic. Nowhere does the article mention either shock jock. Ryan wanted to know if we thought the merger deal was going to be approved by the DOJ. Give it a rest. All the rhetoric is tired and played. Take it to the proper forum and go crazy. I do hope that the merger fails from a personal standpoint. I do not see any benefits for me with a merged company, unless I can be guaranteed that my equipment will continue to work as long as I want to use it and will not be forced to upgrade in the near future. As someone stated earlier, the rumored day is Wednesday, so maybe we will know something then.

"I always find it funny how 0.0 criticizes others for cloning what OandA say about Howard and uses the moniker 0.0, which is the same thing his hero says."

0.0 is the appropiate name here in vegas

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