NAB pulls out the big guns: Hangs banner out the window

Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at 5:19 PM
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The National Association of Broadcasters has been relentless in its opposition against the Sirius-XM merger. But now they mean business. Now they're going to show the nation that they're fighting the good fight. Now it's time to take off the gloves.

Now is the time... to hang a banner!

NAB Banner on the XM + Sirius merger 

Oh sure, the NAB may hire the American Antitrust Institute who opposes media consolidation of all kinds (wait, isn't Clear Channel an NAB member? tee-hee!). But nothing shows opposition better than large amounts of vinyl, written in children's handwriting!

Along with their defiant banner-hanging, the NAB has officially launched their own anti-merger website (which was actually was unveiled back in early April, but was riddled with missing links) sporting the crafty URL xmsiriusmonopoly.com.

Admittedly it's a great name for a website, because it's so concise. Personally, I'm half considering registering thenationalassociationofbroadcastersisabunchofhypocrites.com, but I'm almost certain it's already taken. 

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XM + Sirius divided by Monopoly? What's that equal exactly???

haha! Brilliant Schimshamity. I didn't see that at all.

I'm ok with the NAB's banner.

I'm ok with NAB's banner.

My calculator just says ERRORERRORERROR when I divide by monopoly.

$8.95 to register that URL thru GoDaddy. If you wanted thenationalassociationofbroadcastersisabunchofhypocrites.info, then it's only 99 cents though.

Gosh, if only the NAB had access to some other form of media...something even MORE powerful than banners...no, that's just crazy talk!!

COO COO, COO COO!!!!

At this point the NAB seems to be hurting their own case. They have gone so overboard with the fight that they have proven to everybody who even drives by their building that they are in fierce competition with satellite radio. The smarter move would have been to release 1 statement early on that they don't consider satellite direct competition and will let the regulators decide for themselves. But all they do is fight the merger. I have no idea who is running their campaign but I think NAB's maneuvers may end up being the single biggest help to getting the merger approved.

By the way Ryan - Really Good Variety article out today

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117966810.html?categoryid=18&cs=1

42!

42? whats your name ... deep thought?

Hello again, your friendly neighborhood NAB employee here. Thanks for plugging the site -- though I should point out, it's actually XMSiriusMonopoly.ORG. Of course, either one will still put you in front of some pretty solid arguments against the merger -- I'd rather see Orbitcast take those on.

"I guarantee that those who are happy with their current service and do not want anything from the rival one are going to be disappointed after the merger. They will be paying the same price and will likely see some favorites be replaced by "equivalent" channels from the rival service. (Folks are kidding themselves if they think this will not happen. The combined corporation will be looking to reduce duplicate costs.)

"Remember kids: corporations are not your friends."

Perfectly said, Dude. I couldn't have put it better myself. This "clarification" of the Pricing of Tomorrow is exactly what I thought it would be. If you want what you're getting now (or as close as a subscriber to both XM and Sirius like me will be able to get), it's gonna cost you more than $12.95/month.

The way they were beating around the bush and parsing their words up to now told anyone who isn't Terri Schiavo what the deal was gonna be: More Money For The Same (or similar) Deal.

Here's another prediction: channels like Sirius Left are toast. They'll say, "Hey, you already have Air America. You don't need another left-wing channel." The same "logic" will apply to any channel which arguably "overlaps" any channel the programming for which XM/Sirius gets for free or where they have a special deal.

Like every other big corporation in America, their wet dream is to employ as few people as possible.

Oops, I put that comment in the wrong discussion. A thousand pardons.

I guarantee that those who are happy with their current service and do not want anything from the rival one are going to be disappointed after the merger.

Wrong. I subbed to XM years ago for the NASCAR coverage. Now it's on Sirius. I stuck around for MLB. If I can pick up NASCAR and MLB without having to go buy 2 new radios, 2 new auto kits, and 2 new home kits, paying activation fees on both units, and paying for 2 more subs, then sign me up.

"Remember kids: corporations are not your friends."

Neither are privately funded special interest groups and lobbyists. Apparently the NAB is a gaggle of self appointed super heroes out to rescue us from this merger. The media corporations represented by the NAB are far larger than XM and Sirius combined. It's as if the big schoolyard bully is trying to protect us from an asthmatic nerd. Thanks for the help, but no thanks.

They will be paying the same price and will likely see some favorites be replaced by "equivalent" channels from the rival service. (Folks are kidding themselves if they think this will not happen. The combined corporation will be looking to reduce duplicate costs.)

This has never been denied. Why would they keep 2 Fox News Channels and 3 top 40 stations when they broadcast the exact same thing? And just because Sirius left may die as a channel, that doesn't mean the shows on it will too. If the show is popular enough, it will find a home on a rebranded channel.

The way they were beating around the bush and parsing their words up to now told anyone who isn't Terri Schiavo what the deal was gonna be: More Money For The Same (or similar) Deal.

It won't be the same deal. You're getting access to stuff you didn't before. Don't like it? You have choices. Don't pay for the extra package, or don't let the iPod hit you on the ass on your way out the door.

What are those solid agruements? 98% of the arguements posed so far have been out and out bullshit.

Wow! That's just about the most ghetto thing I've seen a corporation do! Did they hire Puffy or something?

Thanks Walt. But the correct me if I am wrong but the .com and the .org sites look exactly the same so your post was a waste of time. By the way do you guys have to pay for heat because the hot air coming out of your office is really high.

How come the NAB doesn't care about consumers when comcast and turner have no competition in their markets? The are broadcast companies.

Guess Walt if Xirius was a monopoly people would not pay for it plain and simple. People pay monopolies like cable companies because they do not have much of a choice. Terrestrial tv doesn't exist. If I used an antenna I wouldn't pick up crap in my area.

Hey Walt, great job pointing out the ".ORG" thing there. But if you take a look at that stupid banner hanging out your office window, it says ".COM" and so does your press release.

So in other words.... congrats on the pointless comment. Keep fighting the good fight!

Thought I'd share my letter to the F.C.C regarding the merger of XM and Sirius radio companies : Fight the good fight to keep this merger from happening.. And by good fight I mean win at all costs.. Fight unfair if you have to employing all means at your disposal.. This should include, but not be limited to, biting, hair pulling and of course bitch slapping.. That's right, I want to see you fight like women.. Call me crazy..

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