Karmazin: Sirius Video in 2007

Friday, December 1, 2006 at 6:09 AM
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Mel KarmazinSirius Satellite Radio is now expecting to offer a live satellite video service in cars by late 2007 Chief Executive Mel Karmazin said at yesterday's Reuters Media Summit.

Karmazin told Reuters the mobile video service, now likely to be available in 2008 model lines, would be geared towards children, and that deals with content providers may be set as early as January.

"We have three content deals that are very close to being finalized. I don't know if they will be done by CES, but that is what we are shooting for," Karmazin said. "We will have video in the rear seat of the car up and running."

Sirius subscribers who want the new video service would have to pay an additional charge to their regular subscription, Karmazin said, but he declined to give the exact price or the cars in which it may be offered.

"The investment is already made and the benefit for us is (average revenue per user)," Karmazin said. "You want to get more subscribers and increase your ARPU and ... one of the ways is with some other services, and video is one of them."

Sirius has been promising video since early 2004, with an expected mid-2005 launch date. In September 2005, Sirius' Bob Law had said that Sirius Video was on track for mid-2006 - a timeline that he later updated in April, stating that it would launch "shortly" after CES 2007.

As recently as August, Mel Karmazin had stated that the Sirius Video initiative is "well under way" and would be available by the end of this year. Now it appears we're looking at late 2007.

[Reuters

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Blah, blah, blah.... blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Show us the money. Enuf talk.

Just like Karmazin said Sirius is going to kick XM's ass? Empty promises and empty threats.

I'd like to know why Sirius (and XM) are even bothering to pursue video. Navtraffic is one thing, but video?

Put the bandwidth to better use and fix the sound quality!

I'll believe it when I see it. 2004... 2005... both times Sirius (not necessarily Mel) has said "We'll have video within 18 months." Neither time has it happened. They didn't even bother saying it at this year's CES, did they? Oh wait, they weren't even there themselves. They had a corner of the Directed Electronics booth instead.

And here it is again. Something to cover up the likelyhood of missed guidance, no doubt.

Just like video was coming in 2005, 2006, and now 2007.

I agree with SatelliteRadioFan on this one. Screw video, give me cd quality sound from the sats.

Whenever I see a picture of Mel the first thing that comes to mind is Alien Nation. He's like a walking melanoma.

Yes, because it's *really* safe to be watching video while you're driving.

BTW, has this site become 'Melcast.com'...?

Jeez! ;-)

Hmmm, that's got a nice ring to it. :)

"Yes, because it's *really* safe to be watching video while you're driving."



Hey, it's the wave of the future... Nowadays, people watch just about anything but the road when they're driving. Just head down Route 17 in Jersey during rush hour to see Darwin's theory in action...

Just like Karmazin said Sirius is going to kick XM's ass? Empty promises and empty threats.

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You need to get out more. Sirius HAS kicked XM's ass right down the street. Let's talk facts.... Sirius has 1.0 million more subs than XM in 2006 and has opened up a can of whoop ass for five quarters in a row. Hungry for more data ? ...Sirius's Q3-2005 had 30% market share and will end 2006 with 44-45%.

Whaaaaaaa.

"Just head down Route 17 in Jersey during rush hour to see Darwin's theory in action..."

Quoted for truth.

Sirius has 1.0 million more subs than XM in 200
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hey.. sirius is doing quite well but if you tout numbers that include 1.3 million chrysler cars in the last 12 months that are unchurnable subscribers .. you are simply not comparing comprable numbers. soon we will need to know only how many self paying subscribers there are to each service.

pockpie's numbers for sirius's rate of growth is as shady as sirius counting cars on lots as subs . sirius's lead over xm's subs has droped about 50,000 subs each quarter . even if sirius continues to add 200,000 to 150,000 more subs thn xm it would take 3 years to tie xm (by that time xm will be making money). you seem to forget xm is adding subs too .

"Sirius has 1.0 million more subs than XM in 2006 and has opened up a can of whoop ass for five quarters in a row. Hungry for more data ? ...Sirius's Q3-2005 had 30% market share and will end 2006 with 44-45%. Whaaaaaaa."

If fewer gross subs and the same churn rate is a "can of whoop ass" then I guess Sirius is kicking ass. Oh, and I'm selling some oceanfront property in Arizona... you interested?

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