November 13th, 2008
12:28 PM ET

Your views: Sirius XM, family movies

First of all, thanks for all your comments - and apologies to those who didn't get theirs published. We were inundated, particularly on the Sirius XM post.

(And thanks to the people who posted on iReport - we want more of the conversation to take place there.)

Speaking of Sirius XM, the overwhelming view was: Sirius and XM, you shoulda said something.

"As an XM customer since the beginning, I’m a little upset about the way Sirius has (has not) communicated to the XM customer base. I never received any communications from Sirius about why I should continue with them and not drop the whole thing," wrote Jaymie Massey.

"I’m a Sirius subscriber and was horrified this morning when three of my top 5 stations disappeared!" added Brett.

Indeed, the satellite radio companies provided little notice of the changeover. I had heard of some XM firings in trade publications, but - like most everybody else - had no idea what channels were staying and what channels were being trashed, and what day the changes would be made. Words like "sneaky," "disappointed" and "upset" run through the comments, along with threats to cancel Sirius XM subscriptions.

But, as midmofan noted, "Many are missing one of the key points about the merger: without it we might have lost BOTH Sirius and XM. Both were losing money and the merger makes the operation much more viable." That's true; both companies, despite growing subscriber bases, have struggled financially.

Satellite radio obviously has support - many Sirius fans wrote in to say what they like about the service - but with the merger and the economy, it's going to be a struggle. There are also other threats on the horizon: HD radio, which has had a hard time catching on; Internet radio, which will become more common as cars come equipped to receive it; and, of course, iPods, which are already the alternative of choice.

Like many of you, I've got an iPod as well, filled with my record collection. But I still like the idea of radio, of someone playing music I've never heard or offering opinions I don't expect, or programming familiar material in a fresh way. The new Sirius XM has its work cut out for it.

As for family films ...

"Seems to me that American studios take the least amount of time and effort with 'family' films. Kids don’t care if it’s good right? They’ll want to see anything if there’s enough marketing," wrote Stacie.

"In our home we have taken renting all the 'really old' movies with the contract actors. That was a time when the studios treated adults as adults," added Les Crimp.

There's a lot of debate, however, as to what constitutes a "family film." Some people believe that if it entertains children, it's fine. Others thought it should play to all ages (like "Babe" or "To Kill a Mockingbird," a couple favorites). Some people don't want their family films to have any sex, violence or off-color language. And a few commenters wrote that it was up to parents to decide what was appropriate for their children.

Still, there was a lot of disgust expressed at the studios who make these films, and why so few of the movies measure up to the Pixar standard of "Monsters, Inc.," "Toy Story," "Ratatouille" and the like. (I'd argue that Pixar's films aren't just some of the best family films of recent years, but some of the best films around, period.)

"Good screenwriting needs to be part of Hollywood’s plan to increase business into theaters. I’m surprised with the likes of [Steven] Spielberg ('E.T.'), Christopher Columbus ('Home Alone'), and Rob Reiner ('Princess Bride') running production companies that the focus on well-crafted stories has gone to the side for increased profits for video games rights and product rights (toys/clothing)," wrote Ryan. I don't agree with you on Columbus, Ryan, but your overall point is exactly right.

Still, if you want something for the whole family, they're out there. "Where are all the good family films? They are everywhere, but it does take some effort to locate them," wrote Mark Orsted. So read reviews, scan Netflix and your video store, and vote with your pocketbook: Hollywood always listens to the sound of money.

- Todd Leopold, CNN.com Entertainment Producer


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  1. Mario Laverty

    This is great, you do a good job. Thanks!

    December 12, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. James

    Well whatever you do – DO NOT sign up for their Lifetime Subscription without reading their fairly well hidden (and never mentioned during the sales process) terms and agreements. This is an out and out fraud on the Sirius consumers.

    It appears that Lifetime does not mean YOUR Lifetime it means the lifetime of your existing receiver. That's right – get a new car with the radio built in, upgrade to a newer device and you will quickly find out how they have resorted to misleading customers with their Lifetime promotion. So what happens if your device fails after the one year warranty is up? That's right – you have lost your lifetime subscription.

    PS – the terms and agreements also go on to say "no refunds" on the hefty $500 fee.

    So beware: The promise of Lifetime Service isn't Sirius!

    February 27, 2009 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. James S.

    Understand that the merger was fiscally necessary. Accept that programming changes had to be made and hope that I will eventually appreciate them.
    I do believe that Sirius and XM should have given a heads-up to their customers. They could have even used it to sell more programming / special offers. They sure were secretive about it.
    Scanning through the channels to see if there was something new that I'd like I ran across ones that I just couldn't understand. With a limit on the number of channels to broadcast, why would SiriusXM have all-Led Zepplin and all-AC/DC channels? These were both great bands, but no band warrants 24×7 airplay.
    Also agree....Cut the DJ talk, get rid of the celeb DJ's. Shut the ____ up and play some music!

    December 29, 2008 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sparkling Wiggles

    I have had XM for about five years. All my favorite channels survived the channel merger. My favorite channel is the Virus, XM 202 with Opie and Anthony. They are way better than Howard Stern. I signed up for Best Of Sirius to listen to Howard, and he is not as funny as he was on regular radio.

    December 29, 2008 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mik Mersha

    I just cancelled due to losing Beyond Jazz XM72.. it's not worth it anymore to spend $160 a year when they cancel your favorite station.. sure I'll miss a few options but my iPod is ready to take the place of satellite radio.. and it's free.

    December 5, 2008 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Erich

    When the change hit, my favorite music channel has had a format change to a style I don't like, and my second favorite is gone altogether. And what's with all of the DJ chatter? I'd rather have fewer DJ's and more music channels! For every three useless DJs you lose, get a good programmer and have more variety. I understand combining channels that were the same, but why drop some altogether or lose a whole style??

    November 21, 2008 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. rob in austin

    for those that loved the beat (sirius 36) and would listen to the station at work online, check out boystownlive.com i found it while going through the station guide listening on winamp.

    i'm finding it to be a good replacement. it is playing more songs and not mixes by dj's. even tells you the artist and song title.

    as to my vex with sirius, bpm for me has its moments. i'd rather not hear dj's but just songs. it brought oldschool songs, new dance tracts, and mixed in current pop songs which have been remade into dance songs. thats what was great about the beat. i'm not hearing this from bpm.

    November 21, 2008 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. LLBostick

    I HATE THE CHANGES........... I have lost my XM Ol'Skool Rap channel,,,#65, I prefer the other DJ's on Channel 60, (XM's DJ's). They gave you insight on the old soul music they were playing. They would sometimes do theme years, like 1968 or something. No notice, no nothing from XM or Siruis...........I am considering dropping it.

    November 21, 2008 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. ron

    We in XM land had the NASCAR channel before the radio gods stole it now they are wanted $4.00 more. Howard Stern sucks if I wanted that nasty fowl month on my radio I would have not gotten XM. The radio staions are not as good now with the merger. Some things are better left alone. Thank god they still more choices like cds and IPOD 🙂 this as bad as MTV not playing vides all day!

    November 21, 2008 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. Frank the Frowner

    lol @ Uncle Paul!

    November 20, 2008 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Beach

    LOOOOOOOOOVE the Changes. I'mk thrilled with the changes. Recently I bought a car that had XM. Now I have more sports, the Dead, Margaritiville, Elvis, and Sinatra on XM. I think its Awesome with a Capital A baby!

    November 17, 2008 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tar Heel

    We spent 20 hours in the car this weekend. We figured that would be enough time to give the new format a fair chance.

    Sorry to say.....it stinks, BIGTIME.
    We heard 4 decades of top 40 radio....stuff that we're tired of hearing and the things that commercial radio plays constantly.
    In other words...THE SAME CRAP THAT DROVE US TO XM IN THE FIRST PLACE.
    While channel surfing we heard many of the same songs on different channels. What's up with that???
    Then there's the DJ's, don't really need them, don't really want them.

    Cancelled the subscription this morning.

    If you miss X-Country, here's a petition to tell the management about how you feel:
    http://www.petitiononline.com/BBXM12/petition.html

    Hopefully, there are others for the other channels.

    November 17, 2008 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kelly

    I haven't been able to guage what favorite channels I'm missing yet because when my radio did a channel update the day of the merger; I could no longer get Sirius to work!! I have it factory installed with my car and it just started saying "antenna error" after the update. I assumed it had something to do with the merger since I did not have a problem prior, but I didn't see anything on Sirius' website about any problems with the merger so I wasn't sure. But...sure enough, when I called Sirius, they were aware of problems with the make and model of my car (Mitsubishi), but did not put up any notices. I would have been happy with a short note saying they were aware of the problem. Now, I have to take my car to the dealer to have them do something to it so I can finally start listening to Sirius and assess the damage done to my favorite channels....

    November 16, 2008 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jorge

    I hate the changes!!!! My 4 favorite channels are gone and replaced by 1. I just bought almost 200 dollars worth of equipment that I won't use anymore because the changes suck!!

    Sirius programming sucks. I would never have gone to satellite radio if Sirius was the only provider.

    Thank you dirty politicians for allowing Monopoly!!!

    November 15, 2008 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. ed

    Its great to see that I am not the only one who loved boombox! I am sure they cancelled because they did not feel there enough people who listened to that station. I wrote Sirius but only got back a generic email. I found the email addresses of Mel Karmazin and Scott Greenstein. I don t know if they are legit addresses but Ill give them to you. Please write them and voice your concerns. Maybe we dont have to cancel in order to be heard and have boombox brought back. They have to see that this station is missed and wanted. Write them please!!

    mkarmazin@siriusradio.com
    sgreenstein@siriusradio.com

    November 14, 2008 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Jeannie

    Where is my Heart Station? The TV was on that station 24/7 and I can't find anything close to it. Where is the Smooth Jazz station on this new format? Wake up every day to some new change I did not want or ask for in all areas of life.

    November 14, 2008 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  17. euigene palaz

    My big issue with XM is that on channels 23, 24 and 25 they paly the same artists and the same muisc; too much of Bill Joel, Rod Steward, way too much of Elton John;the Beatles;Bryan Adams; and others. The smae tape i sused throughtout the day and week.

    They need to chnage this and stop duplicating the same music on 23, 24 an d25.

    Next year I plan to drop them altogheher.

    Why do they not paly more U2; Belinda Carlise; Fats; Chuck Berry; Bill Haley; Kelly Clarkson; etc.

    Their variety is really noit that at all; thj same music over and over again.

    November 14, 2008 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Zach

    I know I've read a lot of chatter in regards to the amount of talk on SIRIUS that the XM people don't like on the music channels. Just so everyone knows, there was never THIS MUCH talk on SIRIUS until they merged the channels. Typically it was a quick tidbit, but now they are playing games and its ridiculous. I'm paying $13/month for this, no games, just music. If I want games, I'll listen to talk radio.

    November 14, 2008 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  19. nancy

    sirius-bs! one of my fav stations (old school hip-hop) is now some mixed contemporary c-rap. Bring back the Rhyme!!! & yes, i agree that the playlists aren't as varied as they were on XM. ticks me off that we had no say in the matter & yet we still have to pay to hear the "DJ's" talking over song intros/endings...just like on regular FM stations. I may just cancel & deal w/the commercials on FM after all....

    November 14, 2008 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Lakeatia

    I thought the merger would give us variety...but this is outrageous. The lack of communication of the changes is what really gets me. As far as I am concerned it is always appreciated if they got the opinion of the listener before they made a decision about which channels to cut. I have had the priviledge of listening to both channels and can honestly say they each had their uniqueness, but this is ridiculous. I know they are not making it financially as a company, primarily due to the dismal auto industry that I work for, but they really should have marketed this merger and gave us – the listeners- the choice. Their changes were based on money I am sure.

    November 14, 2008 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Grant Metzger

    This was probably the dumbest idea in the history of satellite radio. First off, being a share holder in sirius, i would have thought that there would have been some sort of voting system, like in the past regarding stocks and shareholders. THIS IS A PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANY NOW!!! Second, with both services merging together, the smart thing to do would have been to maximize the programming by merging all channels together, instead of picking and choosing like they have already done. If they do not rethink this, they could very well be putting the final nail in their coffins.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Wingnut

    I received an email which included a link to the channel guide. it also mentioned some of the stations that we getting cut and gave alternatives.
    We have known about the pending merger for a couple of years, so it is your own fault if you didn't know it was coming. It is unbelievable that people can make cancel decisions in the short time the new channels have been in effect.
    Though i have always said that the DJ's talk through the beginning of songs way too much. Mark Goodman is the worst I have noticed, but there are many offenders. If I am paying for it, I shouldn't have to listen to them talk.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Mike S

    Wow, lots of complaints. I have had Sirius now for close to two years as it is much better than the local stations and I cannot get them here at my office. I only listen to it while at work as my car adaptor broke sometime ago and realize how much I do enjoy Sirius at work. The stations here are bad but Sirius to me has been great. I was shocked like all that the change was happening though as I turned it on and a couple of stations were gone that I had as presets and a few others were new stations. But, I recieved an email that day saying about the changes with a listing of the new stations. I printed it off and have that list as I add new presets, including a few new stations from XM that I had not heard of. So, far, I continue to be happy. So, they have commercials. They need to make a buck plus they are fewer than the stations I can pick up in the car. I admit, I mainly listen to ESPN radio a lot during the day and the commercials are the same amount as if on the FM radio since it is the same programing. I won't be cancelling any time soon and will continue to enjoy the product.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Mindy

    Someone above asked if any XM users were having technical issues. YES. Mine keeps resetting to channel 1 and also has a hard time finding a signal now.

    Anyway, to add to my list of disapointments: XM2 is gone, which is awful. VOX has been replaced my Met Opera. Now, I have nothing against the Met Opera. I love it. But, I want all vocal music not just opera. Beyond Jazz seems to be gone, as well. Tragic.

    You know, there is a reason a lot of us picked XM instead of Sirius to start with. I am now wondering if I can survive on broadcast radio and my iPod.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  25. kbee

    I thought I was the only not happy with the changes. I mean my old school rap channel was there yesterday morning and then WHAM!!! It was gone when I got in my car after work. I am disappointed they took away the Old School Rap channel and replaced it with another Mainstream Hip Hop channel. They are not the same. If I did not listen to The Power 169 or Oprah and Friends 156 then I would have canceled yesterday evening. OH yeah and Heart and Soul is not Suite 62. I will give it a chance but its not looking good for the home team.

    November 14, 2008 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Lynn

    Ya'll I am so upset! I just have to vent. I remember the day I got into my friend's car – years ago – and heard Fred. It was like a prayer I had never actually made had been answered. I am shocked and discontented to find that it's gone. The new 1st Wave sucks! Hey, I am a Pet Shop Boys fan, but West End Girls? Come on!!! We heard that song tons and tons when we were kids. They play the stuff that was overplayed, not the niche, ecletic mix that Fred played. And again, I am a Cure fan, but Friday, I'm in Love? Really, the Cure has hundreds of songs. Why play one of their ten top hits? We all know that song. A few days ago, before Fred switched, I heard All I Want, one of my fav Cure songs from Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. THAT'S programming. That's what satellite radio should be about. Uniqueness, flair, creativity. Sirius doesn't have it. Who out there agrees with me?

    November 14, 2008 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  27. Laurie

    I just got XM with a new car purchase. So while the change over doesn't bother me as much as some. As I wasn't really used to anthing yet. I still think notices should have been sent telling eveyrone what was staying, leaving and changing. I read something on yahoo and then went to the site to find out. My husband has Siruis in the past and when it came time to junk the car we had a devil of a time cancelling it. I still have to decide whether to pick it up or not, I'm on a free trial. I do like all the choices. But I'm still loyal to my local jocks as well. And that's a bad way to treat customers and will weigh in, in my decision.

    November 14, 2008 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  28. Drizzits

    I can not believe they took away my favorite station Backspin. I am a early 30 year old male who pays for 4 receivers (Target Customer). I woke up one morning to find my favorites station gone but 15 flavors or classic/modern/alternative rock that use the same set list still available. They left Shade 45 that is a station dedicated to a rapper that has not put out a new album in I think 5 years and plays the same music as the hip-hop nation station. It is garbage compared to the old school hits that use to be played on Backspin.

    I listen primarily to First wave, Backspin, Lithium, I have a I-phone with AOL radio so I am looking to see if it is feasible to use this verses Sirius.

    I will not be renewing.

    November 14, 2008 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  29. Mick

    I first came to subscribe to XM in 03 when I bought a new GM vehicle.I have had it ever since in two vehicles and a radio I take to the beach and work.I live in a rural area so the terrestrial radio is very lame and this is as good as it gets.If they hadn't merged face it people we would be out of luck because both were going under.As far as Howard Stern,he's an idiot and won't be using that channel to listen to his BS.I'm glad to see Deep Track made the switch and am listening to Jam On right now and there's no complaints here.Aslong as my wife can get here Country and there's Radio Disney for my kid I'm hanging around.

    November 14, 2008 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  30. Kat

    I miss the Entertainment channel so much. I drove home to "Yo on E!". Michael, Hyla and Jenna Juice, you are the best. I understand that they had to make changes, but I cry over losing my faves!

    November 14, 2008 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  31. tomaki gray

    i have been a xm listener for going on 2 years. and i was reallu surprise and upset that te channel that i have programmed are no longer there. think that xm need to give a discount on the listeners that subscribe to them whether its in the car or in the house. i am really thinking about cancelling the service the only reason why i havent so far is because of the channel 156 oprah and friends.

    November 14, 2008 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  32. Keith

    My wife and I have been XM subscribers for a couple of years now and this week the new lineup caught me totally off guard. The channels I've come to like A LOT are now longer there and have been replaced by knock-offs. Thank the good Lord that the news channels haven't changed too much, but I'm not pleased in the least with the XM-Sirius lineup. I'm considering cancelling my subscription to the service.

    November 14, 2008 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  33. Brent Hatley

    I have been very disappointed in the way this merger was handled, from all the government crap to the execution of the merger. My biggest concer was that Bubba the Love Sponge has become somewhat of a casualty. Since this merger has taken so long the company no longer has the funds to pay Bubba. Therefore Bubba has been accepted once again into the terrestrial world.

    His show was so censored on Sirius during the merger. The duct taped the show! He was censored more on Sirius than on terrestrial during the merger. Many bits and discussions got the button pushed all the wayfrom corporate in New York.

    When Bubba first got to Sirius, he was shocking the pizzuss and shocking Richard and Sal's bizalls, calling the pizzuss and pop rockin' the pizzuss. I think I will be cancelling my sub since all Howard does nowadays is talk wedding crap! If I have to listen to O&A, someone please pull the trigger now and be merciful on me!

    November 14, 2008 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  34. Dottie

    We had XM for four years in our Car & SUV, and we love it. We got a new ford truck, so we had to get Sirius and my husband hated it. When I got in my car this week one of my favorite station Soul Street is gone and replace with soul town, the music and the DJ are horrible.

    November 14, 2008 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  35. Jody

    Re-sign BUBBA !!!!!!

    November 14, 2008 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  36. Sil

    I am upset that as a customer I was not informed of the changes. That I was informed by getting into my car and my realizing my programmed stations were something else. You eliminated all the upbeat stations (esp the latin ones) and added the ones that can put me to sleep during traffic! I am really unhappy that I am seriously considering cancelling, I mean I have no problem buying music and downloading them to my MP3 and plug it into my car

    November 14, 2008 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  37. Uncle Paul

    and where is all the kid's programming? as an older gentleman I feel that the kids should have more programming directed at them, anything to keep them quiet.........that's a good girl

    November 14, 2008 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  38. Rich

    F Sirius, first they changed the ch 29 PUNK into the AC/DC Channel then got rid of it all together. Then when they did this channel reallignment they changed the playlist of Lithium 24. Seal, Coldplay, Bob Marley DO NOT BELONG ON 90's alternative and grunge. They still play some of stuff they used to, but thier playlist is not condusive to the station name at all ANYMORE. I am considering cancelling because those 2 (ch 29 and ch 24) were my favorites. They got rid of one and are butchering the other. CHANGE IT BACK!! BRING BACK PUNK 29! FACTION DOES NOT PLAY PUNK! AGHHHHHHHHH!

    November 14, 2008 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  39. Dave

    I find it really funny that all of these people complaining about losing channels or way too many commercials on siriusxm, but keep in mind that there are NO commercials on the music channels, none whatsoever. Keep in mind that this is satellite radio, satellites are not cheap and for the small amount we pay, they've got to find an additional way to make money and therefore, sell commercials on the non-music channels.
    If you listen to your local so called radio stations, you'd realize how good we really have it. All of our local music stations have about 25 minutes of commercials and repeat the same play list every single day. I'd be completely lost without siriusxm. I've been a sirius subscriber for over 4 years and while there have been some annoyances (limited playlist on some channels), I think that since the channel changes this week, the playlists have actually deepened and with the introduction of an all 90's channel (which sirius didn't have) I am very happy and look forward to the day when I can get the mlb games on my sirius receiver.

    November 14, 2008 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  40. Rob

    I received notification of the change via e-mail on the day they switched but It would have been nice to have some kind of communication in advance.

    Other than that, I'm happy with the switch, it's only been 2 days but I can't tell much of a difference in the programming between Ethel and Alt Nation or Lucy and Lithium and Sirius XM Chill is just as good as XM Chill in my opinion. Personally, I'm glad they got rid of bad channel names (Lucy and Fred mean nothing, Lithium and 1st Wave at least have relevance) and the loss of the bad one liners they played between the songs. That said, I do wish they'd bring back Fungus 53.

    November 14, 2008 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  41. Gale

    I've been an XM subscriber for years. I'm considering cancelling and using my iPod in the car. My biggest gripe with the Sirius channels are the djs. I don't want all that needless chatter between songs. Unless it is a program meant to discuss music, I don't need a dj to tell me the info. My display tells me what I need to know. The djs are just as annoying as paid advertisements.

    November 14, 2008 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  42. Mobius

    The satellite radio industry was doomed the moment WorldSpace Corporation started the whole mess. A culture of lavish spending, poor planning, and criminal mischief has finally caught up with the industry insiders.

    November 14, 2008 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  43. Christian

    Funny I should happen across this report this morning, for just yesterday I wrote to Sirius/XM expressing my displeasure at the alleged "improvements" made to their channel lineup. I feel that if I'm going to pay for a service, and that if I subscribed with a specific lineup in place, that lineup should remain solid or else why give them my hard-earned money?

    While I acknowledge the need for such a merger between the two companies, that does not necessarily dictate a need for such drastic changes to their channel listings.

    I'm "sirius-ly" considering cancelling my subscription.

    November 14, 2008 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  44. seanw

    I have sirius service, & I went with them because I like the music selection. I was told by a sirius rep on the phone that we would be getting the best of XM & Sirius. That is not the case at all!!!! We get less, & they have the nerv to want to charge 14.99 for the best of XM on the sirius side. WTF!!!!! I hope another company steps up to compete with them. I will be cancelling service, & I will use my Ipod again. This company has lost total focus on their customers value, & doesnt know about customer satisfaction! I bet they wont even look at how many people are upset with the musicstation line up. Who ever made the changes to the selection should be FIRED!!! SIRIUS IS NOW GARBAGE!!!!!

    November 14, 2008 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  45. jim duckenfield

    I hate it that the satillite stations bleed into the broadcast stations at the lower end of the dial..when will they fix this..I'm listening to NPR and end up with the idiot Stern..not fun at all

    November 14, 2008 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  46. Amy

    I hate that XM2 is gone – I loved the various shows that played all day, each with a variety of music. And I wouldn't pay a penny for Howard Stern – I wouldn't even take money from him to listen to his profane crap. But the merger HAS brought me Margaritaville...I LOVE it! But I do miss the shows by Bill Anderson, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Marty Stuart.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  47. bob warman

    your joking wheres boom box, beat it!

    November 14, 2008 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  48. Elizabeth

    Coming for a town that only has a handful of FM radio stations that primarly consist of only country, it's worth paying for satellite radio. After the current changes made to my favorite channels it doesn't seem that way so much any more.
    My husband & I like a variety of different music from rock to rap, you name it. But, what we look forward to the most is some Mexican music & being able to hear new artist and singles. Just as there is different types of rock music like metal, alternative, soft, etc... The same goes for Mexican. Now I have to hear Regional Mexican mixed with Mexican Pop, Reggaeton, Bachata. Don't get me wrong we love all of these. But I like the liberty of picking which type I want to listen to, now it feels like we're listening to a bad mixed CD. So instead of having my typical 3- 5 channels of latin music to pick from I got ONE channel that has it all. Doesn't sound has good as you think. If they would have created just one channel for everyone that jump from Bob Marley to Britney Spears to Dolly Parton, we would all be going WTF! Hope you catch me drift XM & Sirius. We just might not be able to handle your bad mixed mess for to long & might consider canceling.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  49. Dennis

    I had XM for years. Just canceled it. Tired of the poor sound quality on many channels. Tired of the chnges. Just going back to my CDs and FM. Forget this...

    November 14, 2008 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  50. markinmd

    My god, this changed over yesterday and ever one wants to cancel. Why don't you listen to it for a week before cancelling. I love Sirius, I listen to Howasrd, the NFL network and the Grateful Dead station all the time. I thought from reading this they got rid of 40 stations, but when you go to Sirius.com, they only got rid of 5 or 6 stations from both. I would guess the stations they got rid of probably have very similar music to what was replaced.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  51. Kathy OMara

    They dumped VOX, my favorite station. Not happy. Very not happy.

    November 14, 2008 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  52. Garfield

    Bring back "Reggae Rhythms" PLEASE!
    "THE JOINT" is not connecting with me at all.

    November 14, 2008 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  53. Mark

    I've been a subscriber of both XM and Sirius for 3 years... the merger has been awesome. I could see how someone who has one or the other would be upset, but coming from someone who knows which company offered what, this is a great move. Sirius was far and away better than XM in every aspect except MLB. Now i have the best of both and I'm saving money too... there was only one station that i lost in merger... Kids Stuff... it sounds lame, i agree, but my toddlers LOVED IT. They replaced it with the XM kids stations and they're terrible. But now i don't have to keeping switching my units to hear different music, MLB and NFL... coffehouse rules!

    November 14, 2008 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  54. Cyn

    As XM subscribers, we have lost two unique channels (Fine Tuning and Audio Visions) that essentially have no viable replacements. We chose XM over Sirius for a reason and now there a qualitative difference and it is not for the better. This is extremely disappointing and we feel angry and cheated. I agree that this is more like a takeover than a merger. Sirius seems to possess a blatant disregard for XM's consumer subscribers. So much for quality satellite radio. It truly has been gutted.

    November 14, 2008 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  55. Eddie

    I used to be an XM subscriber until they started changing the stations that drew me to them in the first place. The Customer service sucked and they never seemed to read any of the emails i sent them. I no longer have satelite radio and getting rid of them was the best thing I did.

    November 14, 2008 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  56. catainbaldy

    I originally got xm for opie and anthony. I don't really listen to anything else, when i listen to music i hook up my ipod and program what i want to listen to. Looking at it realistically you still have those genre's of music available to you . Now you have the ability to have a few extra channels and the chance to listen to the nfl, nascar and howard if you so choose.
    Sure as hell beats regular radio in my opinion.

    November 13, 2008 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Kate

    Sirius stinks. A few years ago, they replaced a World Music channel with 24/7 Rolling Stones (ugh) and a Big Band music channel with some other lameness. These were some of the very few channels I was even remotely interested in listening to, but when I wrote to them to complain (a couple of times), I never received a reply My husband listens for some of the alt music channels and for Howard, but even he is pretty fed up with the selection.

    November 13, 2008 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Mike

    sirius/xm is reporting $613 million dollar revenue(16% growth year after year) and they are boasting strong growth is such a weak economy. anticipating a positive free cash flow of $1billion by 2012. Clearly their more concerned about raising their stock value than they are about pleasing their subscribers. DO NOT KID YOURSELF, HOWARD STERN IS BEHIND THIS! !!!!CANCEL NOW!!!! YOU ARE BEING USED!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Doug

    Want to reiterate earlier comments about the loss of Beyond Jazz and Fine Tuning. These stations truly differentiated xm from sirius or terra radio.

    And one more thing: the color schemes for the new channel line-up are virtually unreadable on my inno display.

    Thanks for nothin'

    November 13, 2008 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Ronald Tagtmeier

    I Got a X M radio years ago because I was tired of commercials and excessive DJ talk. If what I am hearing already on the new format is going to continue, I will cancel XM and go back to normal radio!

    November 13, 2008 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Beth

    UNHAPPY!!! After comparing XM and Sirius, I chose XM hands down. No crap, no annoying DJs, just really good music,. Loved the progressive country station X-Country & the 2 classical stations. Now suddenly I am switched to Sirius programming without my knowledge or consent, and after listening now for 2 days to a variety of the new channels, I've heard enough!. Sirius, you must be joking!!! To say that the new programming, with it's incredibly irritating DJs & their mindless rambling and run-of the-mill playlists, is anywhere close to what XM subscribers are losing is laughable! If I had wanted Sirius programming, I would have subscribed to Sirius.

    If things don't change, and quickly......I'll be an X-customer.

    November 13, 2008 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Russ

    There are a lot of comments saying "I'm going to cancel" within a short time of the changeover. I've had Sirius since the early rollout of satellite radio and would never go back to broadcast. Change takes time and we all will need a little patience. Overall, satellite radio is a win for all of us and each one of us will find the channels that we enjoy. For Me it's Kayla, Jose, Jason...you rock!!! Ch. 20. Pure Hard Rock. Wake up...Rock out!

    November 13, 2008 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  63. XMU Alum

    I'm having a hard time adjusting to the format change on channel 43. Although it may have kept (partly) the same name, this is not XMU. Sirius XMU is just another college/indie station the likes of which have been streaming online for years. I would have an easier time if they got rid of the XMU moniker because it is no longer what it was without Tobi.

    I've been an XM subscriber since nearly the beginning and those of you who have as well have supported the former XM radio corporation with $1000 or more in subscription fees. It is up to you to decide whether Sirius XM deserves this kind of support. I got my email notification hours after the changes took place. For me, that does not bode well.

    Is this how people felt when New Coke replaced Old Coke?

    November 13, 2008 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Mindy

    I'll say it here, as well as in the original post. As an XM subscriber, I am extremely unhappy with the apparent loss of most of XM's rock stations. The Sirius stations replacing them are not nearly as good. I find them much more shallow/narrow. Oh, the loss of Ethel and Lucy is just tragic. The replacements are so... blah. I haven't even ventured into the pop stations. I am too scared. I really cannot express my unhappiness strongly enough. This is awful. Waaaa! This really might not be worth the subscription fee. I pay more for this than Tivo, for crying out loud! Is this worth more to me than Tivo? With XM, the answer was "maybe". Now? I am leaning towards "no".

    November 13, 2008 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Ken

    I see alot of people complaining that they recieved no notice of the merger or the changes. Do you people live under rocks? For the past year or so there has been talk of the merger(just do a google search and you'll see) and if you couldn't catch the hint that the merger was eminent with the whole "best of sirius" linners every 15 min.then you're just slow.

    I have had XM for about 2 years now. I have a list of about 10 stations that I have programed. And aside from a few DJ changes...I like listening to the original MTV VJs again, I have no problem with the merger/changes.I'm debateing whether to get the "best of" package or not.

    November 13, 2008 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  66. D Brown

    BRING BACK SUITE 62 (channel 62) ON XM RADIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Tom

    No Boombox, no subscription on either of my radios.

    November 13, 2008 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Karl

    Had XM for over 4 years now, I lost my favorite stations but not all of them. I still have the Virus with OnA and Ron and Fez from noon till 3. I will miss Squiz and think that Octane better step it up. And as far as holidays go, my wife is upset with only one holiday channel. Don't run this company to the ground Mel......

    November 13, 2008 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  69. melanie

    I love Sirius because of the country stations. I finallly can listen to all my favorites... Not really into any of the other stations, so the merger doesn't really matter, yet

    November 13, 2008 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  70. David Sapery

    I only knew about the programming changes by being fortunate enough to have direct contact with the program director of one of the XM channels that was axed. He told me that this channel was disappearing on November 11.

    I don't care for the Sirius version as much, but c'est la vie. But the really annoying thing is that my Roady XT doesn't seem to care for the new lineup. Every time I turn my car back on, it resets back to channel 1.

    November 13, 2008 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Mike

    Still have Howard, Jam On, Dead Channel, Zepp radio, and Lithium...Im good

    November 13, 2008 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  72. DKG

    What dose a punk like me have to do to get a good punk station??? XM had fungus and yanked it. Sorry Tony, your a bad ass skater but Punk, Metal, and Hip Hop don't mix. BRING BACK MY PUNK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  73. andy

    wow, after initially being pissed that they pulled my favorite stations, Fungus and The Rhyme, I thought that they certainly were going to replace them with a similar station. But alas, we seem to be stuck with some crappy Sirius stations that resemble regular old FM playlists.

    I now know why I was an XM subscriber and not a Sirius one, and I am highly disappointed.

    November 13, 2008 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Rhonda

    I have XM and my husband has Sirius and we were both disapointed with the channels that were taken away. I lost Lucy and it was replaced with Lithium or something of the sort, my husband lost his dance channels which he was upset about, but all in all I gained some great Sirius stations and he some XM stations, I wish we could have kept them all

    R.I.P. Lucy 54 🙁

    November 13, 2008 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Roe

    I have XM radio. Too many commercials and many stations play the same songlist. I cancelled two of the radios which I got a has a special last year, but that took me months to do because they wouldn't take a email to cancel at the end of the period. Once my car subscription runs out that will not be renewed. I can listen to my Ipod in my car and not get has annoyed......

    November 13, 2008 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Brightline

    My letter to XM:

    Let's just say disappointed isn't even close to describing how I feel about the unannounced line up change. I understood changes were coming some day, but not yesterday. The least you could have done was let your loyal subscribers know. My family has been XM loyalists since 2001 well before XM hit 250,000 subscribers and this is how 7 years as one of your longest customers is treated? I chose XM because it was the better choice for a self proclaimed music snob because of the deep library and variety offered. I was a huge fan of Fungus, Ethel, Lucy, Fred, The Rhyme and the Verge. These along with XMU and Liquid Metal were my music presets. I think you know their fate. Swallowed and crapped out into Alt Nation, Lithium, Faction, and some other garbage with shallow playlists and slick commercial radio plugs. I think what I loved, and so many other XM subscribers loved, was XM wasn't trying to be the Wal-Mart of music. If I wanted Sirius I would have picked Sirius 7 years ago!

    It's pretty well known on message boards that the "new" playlists are Sirius' with about 500 songs, not XM's 5,000 songs. This is a slap in the face to your subscribers. A merger of this nature should bring together both libraries of music, not amputate it.

    Also, please don't try and pacify XM listeners by keeping XMU and Liquid Metal names. If they were still the XM channels why are the playlists and their are different DJ's? When I finally saw the unannounced lineup, I was relieved to see these two channels stay, but was distraught when I listened. Saddened comes to mind with the new XMU and garbage comes to mind with the new Liquid Metal. The DJ Jose told me to burn down a church...nice.

    I am really most upset with Sirius XM's blatant disregard towards its subscribers. Shareholders don't mean anything if you've chased away the subscribers. XM has rammed Howard Stern and the "Best of Sirius" package down our collective throats for 2 months but couldn't mention sweeping channel and programming changes. 1 out of every 20 "best of Sirius" commercials would have done it. An email or paper letter would have been a nice thought, no?

    Sirius XM has one shot to make this work. Before the option was to go to the competitor, now the option is to simply go away.

    November 13, 2008 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Craig R

    Im an Xm sub and have been for a few years with 5 radios. I liked the idea of the merger, but the channel layouts boggle my mind. Granted 99% of my time im on 202 listening to O&A and Ron & Fez, and the NHL channel, but I loved the niche channels. Thats why I originally got XM. When I did listen to music it was usually the decades, upop 29, and the old school hip hop channel. Thats that one that surprised me most was gone. Todays hip-hop is so different from the old 80's – mid 90's. Its gone... now I might hear an old song mixed in with some crappy new stuff? ugh. At least I have the Virus and the NHL. The stations they gave us are nowhere near what we head in terms of playlists. I will give the programmers the benefit of the doudt, but we really need some of the more niche stations back and one less of some of the other genres.

    November 13, 2008 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Turner

    Very disappointed with the merger. I knew it was coming, but I expected a chance to voice opinions, or the option to pick and choose stations I wanted from each.
    The majority of channels I stayed with XM for are gone. the "added" sirius stations are quite poor in contrast to what i was getting.
    I want the system back, and a better classical station. 400 years of classical music and 2 stations. but there are a dozen each of hip hop, country, rap, salsa, and bad alternatibe music.

    November 13, 2008 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Scott Bui

    I am a XM and Sirius Subscriber and I'm upset that I still have to pay $12.99 for both of my vehicles while the other 2 vehicles pay $6.99. I'm ready to DROP Sirius off 2 of my vehicles as the satellite signal cuts in and out throughout the Los Angeles area.

    With regards to the channes, I'm not as impacted by the change as I'm impartial to either playlist as they are somewhat similar. The main difference now is that with the combined playlists they'll have a bigger library to work from together.

    November 13, 2008 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  80. jsFALLEN

    Not a fan at all with the merger. I've had XM for several years and while I knew the merger was right around the corner, I was not ready to lose all (and I mean all) my favorite channels. After a few days of listening I am disappointed with the play lists and the repeatitivness. My only hope is subscriber feedback becomes so loud that SiriusXM takes notice and brings back some of our favorites. It's a shame that both Sirius and XM customers lost the channels that they loved. Customers vote with their wallets and if the programming doesn't improve or lost channels restored. I'll vote back to crappy FM.

    November 13, 2008 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  81. EyeHeartNOLA

    I bought XM about 3 years ago because I hated the idea that Clear Channel owned almost all of the radio stations. I wanted diversity so I test drove both Sirus and XM.

    I fell in love with Ch. 44 (Fred) and Ch. 53 (Fungus) and went with XM.

    Fred played alternative 70s & 80s music from musicians who may not have (or, in some cases, may have) found commercial success.

    It was replaced by Sirus' 1st Wave radio techno poop station.

    Fungus, the hardcore punk station, was replaced by a 24/7/365 AC/DC station.

    I like AC/DC as much as the next guy, but I don't need a station dedicated to them. Come to think of it, I don't need Elvis, Sinatra, Grateful Dead, or Springstein stations, either. If I liked those guys that much, I'd buy their CDs and keep them on continuous loop.

    Really, now that XM has changed, I have Sirus Lite (i.e. all the crap I didn't buy Sirus for, but I don't have Howard Stern or the NFL games – the 2 good things that Sirus has to offer).

    November 13, 2008 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Jay

    I really felt like I lost a friend when I learned that my favorite DJs from XM were no longer going to be doing shows. The selection of indie music that plays now after the merger is extremely inferior to before.

    I would have happily payed twice or three times as much for the old XM lign up, but now I am really considering canceling. I am going to stick it out for a little while longer to see if things improve, but what I am hear now is not worth the price.

    For now, I am trying to cope with the loss of Tobi from XMU's After School Special and the other DJ's from XMU and Ethel. They will be missed.

    November 13, 2008 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Summer

    I am so upset about losing Maxim radio and Rich and Covino moving to a new time. The new time is when people are working... hello!! And now Jay Thomas will be on when I am on my way home... I do not care about what Carla from Cheers' huband from 2 episodes has to say. If they get rid of Octane, I will cancel. I chose Sirius for the channels... I DID NOT choose XM for a reason, and now it is being forced on me. The only thing Sirius has going for me is Octane 20.

    November 13, 2008 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Andrew

    I have had Sirius for five years, and I have loved it. I don't know what everyone is talking about, and know knowing about the merger. I knew it was coming eventually and it just so happened a few days ago.

    Now on my favorite station Channel 21 on Sirus, I am missing a few of my favorite DJ's but thats ok. I have heard some new bands that I know I never would have heard from my local FM station in Northern VA.

    I also love the sports like the NFL, and now the NHL.

    November 13, 2008 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  85. nikki

    I am also disappointed with this merger. They need more electronic channels, bring boombox back! Also, there are too many generic rock stations.

    November 13, 2008 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  86. eva

    I hate the changes. I only liked 6 channels on XM and now two of those are gone. I intend to cancel at the end of this month

    November 13, 2008 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  87. robert k

    I waited a longtime for this merger. The best of both worlds. I'm getting more for My money.

    November 13, 2008 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  88. jim

    I thought the merger would be a good thing but, given the fact that the first thing they did was to jack up the price of receiving "the best of" channels that, when they testified before congess, they said both customers would get the bet programming at no addittional charge. You gotta believe Mel Carmeson is a genious to pull this one off or, maybe, congress is just corrupt.

    November 13, 2008 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  89. SiriusJeemer

    LOVE the merger!

    I've been waiting for over four years for Sirius to bring back an Ambient/New Age stream. When I first signed up, I committed because of TWO streams: An ambient stream, and Wisdom Radio. Sirius ditched their Ambient stream 3 months after I signed on, and created the ABYSMAL Spa 73 (cover versions of 70's Rod Stewart songs, anyone??); Steve Case (of AOL) bought Wisdom, transformed it to Lime, sold it to Gaia...who sadly shut it down.

    Anyway: What the merger has brought me is XM's wonderful and amazing Audio Visions channel (great great eclectic ambient playlist + Music From The Hearts Of Space daily!) They've retitled the stream "Spa" (because it runs on differently numbered channels on Sirius & XM.)

    So, to all of you who are disturbed by the mishandling of the changeover: BE HAPPY! Without this merger, we would have lost BOTH companies in the not-too-distant future.

    See you on the radio!

    November 13, 2008 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Ced

    I am not a Sirius Subscriber or XM subscriber, but I have listened to both and I have XM on my satellite TV service. XM WAS BY FAR THE BEST OUT OF BOTH OF THEM!!!!! Sirius has too much talking, too much "middle of the road type songs" and too many commercials. The purpose to having satellite radio when it first came out was to have a variety of commercial-free music that appealed to a wide range audience. SIRIUS missed the class on that one because their stations only cater to select listeners. Example, XM had three rap music channels, one for old school, one for hardcore rap and third for the middle of the road. With the merger, you have one rap channel and it plays middle of the road crap!!!! I could at least travel down the XM channel list and find something that would catch my ear or bring back a memory. SIRIUS, you missed that class as well. The people who determined the new station lineup did a horrible job and will cost SIRIUSXM alot of money and subscribers. The end of Satellite radio is near and those that hold on will have to start shelling out alot of money just to hear their speciality shows.!!!! I was considering getting XM radio in my vehicle, but I would never ever buy satellite radio or recommend it to my friends. Hope someone at SIRIUSXM reads this message and the other ones of people you have wronged and turned off from satellite radio FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Denise

    I'm not sure what to think about the merger. I heard about it but didn't know when it was going to happen. I've been an XM subscriber for a couple of years and I like the channels that I do listen to but I'm not too sure I'm all that impressed with the Sirius channels. Now if the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's channels dissappeared, my subscription would be cancelled!! That was the ultimate reason I got XM in the first place.

    November 13, 2008 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  92. B

    My husband and I got XM in our Honda for a free trial when we bought it 4 years ago and we loved it up until recently when we noticed that they were beginning to play the same old songs all of the time. My husband is a big punk fan, and was not happy that Fungus 53 got replaced with 24/7 AC/DC!!!! They've had a single band take over channels before, but it was usually just for a month at the most. I think eliminating an entire genre for one band is ridiculous. And the new Faction channel is a very poor replacement. Not all punk fans are into extreme sports. That's not what punk is about. I also see this merger as more of a Sirius takeover of XM. Why did they retain most of the Sirius programming? It doesn't make sense!

    We'll give the new programming a trial run, but more than likely, we'll be cancelling. I'd rather buy a new CD each month than listen to a bunch of mediocre crap.

    November 13, 2008 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Jack

    I listen to mainly hip hop / rap music and there is a huge difference from the Shade45 which took over 66 RAW. I have not much of a reason to stay on it anymore b/c I was able to get music that I could not hear over the radio.

    The new hosts are nerdy and the music is corny. I think Sirius/XM just lost another customer also.

    November 13, 2008 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Flyboy Will

    I'm extremely disappointed too. When I drive my kid to school, we used to listen to Kids Stuff on Sirius. After the merger the station changed into something completely worthless. Yesterday after school the entire drive back was some boring lady talking about her book! Where's the music? Come on!

    All the other stations I listen to also uniformly started playing diluted playlists filled with no-name crap.

    And finally, I heard ads today! Give me a break! Wasn't the whole thing of the satellite radio that it's commercial free?

    This is a disaster. The merger was advertised as joining the best of both worlds. Instead it turned out to mean the end of competition, and the end of the need to try harder. The new juggernaut can now shortchange customers with subpar channels, and blast them with commercials. They'd better start fixing things FAST, because otherwise this smells of class action.

    November 13, 2008 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Greg

    I lost a handful of some of my favorite channels as well (Punk, Backspin, Disorder, & Left of Center). But I will say this – I have been a subscriber for 3 1/2 years and haven't had anything but pleasant experiences with their customer service department. They do listen to your suggestions, and will make changes (again). So if there's a channel you want back, let them know! I'll be doing so as well...

    November 13, 2008 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Daniel

    Geez, kudos for the heads up; I always had my doubts about ever having to pay for radio and now it sounds like Sirius XM has made a serious, eXtreMe mistake.

    If what you hear on a paid service is the same you'll hear on our already "free" airwaves I'll stick with the 'dinosaur' already in the room, thanks!

    November 13, 2008 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  97. David C

    As the rare subscriber to both before the merger I have to say the Hip-Hop music programming was much better on XM.

    The Hip-Hop talk, random shows, etc was more entertaining on Sirius however but the music was awful. Sirius Hip-Hop channels played the same music as terrestrial radio and almost as frequently.

    The increase of commercials on the merger has me irked and they need to do away with that.

    November 13, 2008 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  98. muffy

    Sirius insisted on getting my email address whenever I talked with them, would not talk with me without me providing it. But they have yet to email me about this change nor send me a new lineup of stations! My two favorite stations are gone – 60's music supposedly still there but not nearly as good and stations similar to others I liked insist on mingling talk in with the music. Thumbs down to this combo.

    November 13, 2008 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  99. justin

    Don't worry. With 330M of the 1B in debt the company is due in February, Sirius XM will not be around too much longer for everyone to applaud or complain about

    November 13, 2008 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Carol

    I have had XM Satellite for three and a half years. I didn't know they were getting rid of stations. I was horrified when I got in my car and all of my favorite stations were gone. I don't really care for the new stations. I don't know if I will renew my subscription when that time comes.

    November 13, 2008 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Blake Z

    my Top Tracks XM 46 has been replaced by vinyl something. Same music but less of it. Who wants some DJ cooing between songs taking up time when music should be playing.

    I am all for full employment but these DJs are empty-headed drones adding nothing but cost to the company.

    PLAY MUSIC, dammit.

    November 13, 2008 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Kat-n-DC

    I have been a BIG XM fan since my sister gave me a subscription for XMas a few years ago. I drive long commutes in traffic, and the variety kept me sane. I loved listening to a variety of R&B an Hip-Hop, especially the old-skool stuff I grew up listening too (RIP "THE RHYME"), but now it's all the same music - current crap that my kids listen to that makes no sense and I can't understand, and the only difference is two stations plays it un-cut, and the other plays it bleeped out. WHY would you give me the same crap and no variety?? That's what I loved about XM - I could listen to what I liked, and I wasn't stuck listening to the same stuff that the kids listen too (that I just cannot get with at all). I mean really - I could listen to my local radio stations for free if this is what I wanted!!

    I'm with everyone else - a courtesy email/notice would have been great!! It was working on the way home the night before, and WHAM - I'm like WHAT IN THE FILTH,FOUL, FILTH is going on!!

    I talked about this w/ my sis - she says give it a chance, but I think I'm going to save her some money and move my user ID# to the do-not-send-signal list!!

    November 13, 2008 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  103. William

    Sirius you changed a great blues station to a really crap bluesville station. it sucks and your management needs to be changed. I am cancelling my 7 subscriptions. Back to the CD's.

    November 13, 2008 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Ron

    I am happy with the merger so far. I got XM as a birthday gift years ago and have enjoyed it...mainly listen to Squizz and the Boneyard. Now I get to listen to Stern every morning, which I didn't know that I had missed so much all these years. And I get the NFL channels which are great on the weekends on the road. Squizz is now Octane and my favorite DJs Grant Random and Bodie are still there. More is better for me.

    November 13, 2008 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Doug

    I can learn to live with, and probably even like, the changes from the heritage XM to the new Sirius XM. What disappoints, however, is the utter lack of communication (e.g., consideration) to the original XM and Sirius subscribers during the transition.

    Change is expected when companies merge and/or acquire another; however, the golden rule for a smooth transition is keeping customers informed before, during, and after the transaction. Subscribers on both sides had their favorites and all are missing something today that we had last week, without knowing it was coming.

    Very poor demonstration of customer appreciation on the part of Sirius. Four subscriptions gone in my household.

    November 13, 2008 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Jim C

    Well, I've been giving it time... over the past 48 hours my experience on the new "Sirius/XM" dance/electro and hip-hop channels has been (pretty much): Tiesto, Oakenfold... TI, Lil Wayne. Lil Wayne, TI, Tiesto, Tiesto, Oakenfold, Tiesto.

    BLARGH! Wall-to-wall Eurotrash and top 40 aren't going to keep your educated listeners interested, folks!

    November 13, 2008 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Tom Gwinn

    I enjoyed xm for a long time. Had docks in home and 2 autos.

    When xm let 2 jerks talk about anal sex with Laura Bush and Condi Rice I cancelled xm and threw away the docs.

    I will not miss them.

    November 13, 2008 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Fred

    I'm actually OK with the merger. I I lost some favorite stations (bring back Soul Street!), but I also gained a few stations I think I'm really going to like. My concern is whether Sirius XM can make it. This isn't like VHS v. Beta, or even Blu-Ray v. HD DVD, where there's a clear winner and the loser disappears. Sirius XM is still offering 2 services - Sirius and XM. If I didn't already have satellite radio, I wouldn't know which to buy, so I probably wouldn't buy either one. I'd probably stick to my iPod. I understand that Sirius' and XM's technology isn't compatible, but, as a consumer, that's not my problem. If the merged company is going to stay in business, it needs to have identical programming on both kinds of radios, pronto.

    November 13, 2008 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Scott

    I've been an xm subscriber for over 5 years, and i believe the way this transition was undertaken is the first thing thats ever had me feign cancelling. My favorite afternoon station (XMU – Tobi's After School Special in particular) was completely ransacked and replaced. Whatever Sirius has put in place may still be good, but I'm disgusted enough to wonder if I should give it a chance.

    November 13, 2008 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Mike

    I previously had both XM and Sirius, canceled when I heard the merger was FINALLY final, knowing I would come back when the merger was to be finally finalized and put into practice. Having XM built into my car i'm stuck with their choices for packages right now which doesn't offer the 'a la carte' option a la Sirius, my only complaint, but I think that will change too once they get the equipment out there for it. Just turned mine back on yesterday and couldn't be happier with the mix of the two. I like parts of both but not all of either.. now I also have a music only option for a few bucks cheaper.

    November 13, 2008 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Matt

    I have had Sirius for four years. Monday I was a happy subscriber. Today I am so ticked off I don't know what to do. I would cancel but then what is the alternative. Bring back the old Sirius. There is a reason XM failed. Does anyone pay attention and not let history repeat itself. In a word here is what I have to say to Sirius. BBBBBBBBBBOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Geoman

    I've had Sirius since 2001 and will not be canceling anytime soon. I listen online at work and at home. I also own a home in Arizona so I like listening while I drive from Los Angeles to Az. I like to listen to NBA games and only one of my channels is no longer "Left of Center" but I'm a happy Sirius user just the same.

    November 13, 2008 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  113. brice

    i absolutely hate the shallow playlists of the sirious stations! there's really a huge difference on stations like fred, ethel, chill, etc. why should i pay for repetitious and shallow playlists when i can get that for free on the internet and FM radio??? they should have at least brought some depth to the sirious side if they were just going to delete the xm stations!

    November 13, 2008 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Cory

    Ok, I may have spoke abit to soon. I have furthered my research on the subject at hand and would like to say that I have seen the sirius/xm lineup and I am very happy with the merger. I have the Dead and many other channels that I find will be great addition to my xm radio. A little notice would have however been nice.

    November 13, 2008 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Sluggo

    Just please don't mess up XM 164 the old time radio. That's all we listen to about 95% of the time. I also like Reach MD and it appears they dropped that doctor to doctor channel for doctor to patient stuff

    November 13, 2008 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Brian

    The following is a letter that I emailed to XM this morning. I don't know how many of you listened to channels 80 and 83 on XM, but I in my opinion, there is no comparible reploacement. Don't know if the execs at XM Sirius care, but I highly doubt it. Read on if you like.......

    I previously sent your company an email about what I believe is the failure of XM Radio to fill in the void that was left when you took Channel 80-The Move off the air. At that point, you at least had the sense to keep it available online and on DirecTV. Fast forward to November 12, 2008, when your company decided to totally eliminate The Move altogether. To make matters worse, you also eliminated Chrome-channel 83.

    Having been a DJ who has mixed house, club and freestyle music for many years, you have left a terrible void for those of us who like this music, which I am sure make up a large segment of your customer base. By incorporating the changes that you have made to the Dance & Electronic portion of your music programming, I no longer have available to me such underground house artists like Mr. V, Lars Behrenroth, Masters at Work and many other deep house artists that I relied on XM Radio to play on a regular basis. You have tried to masquerade the Area channel as being something close to what The Move was. It is not. The two channels have two totally different types of house music and the Area channel borders on being a Techno House type of genre. The beats per minute of this type of house is faster than that of the deep soulful house that was played on The Move. If your going to make changes like this, the person making these changes should at least be well versed in the area of dance music. It is obvious to me that the person who is in charge of making these decisions does not know the first thing about dance music. It is important to continue having the channels available to cover the broad range of different types of dance music that most people listen to.

    As far as the Chrome channel is concerned, you were previously able to listen to a wide range of 70’s and 80’s club, disco and freestyle on this channel. On your website, it states that if you liked Chrome, you can now hear that music on channel 7. I had channel 7 on this morning on my way to work. For lack of a better way to say this, it sucked. I did not hear a lot of disco at all. How can you possibly believe that channel 7 is supposed to make up for the elimination of Chrome???? What about the void left in the area of 80’s club, disco and freestyle. Artists like Lime, D-Train, Coro, Stevie B. Where are you supposed to hear them??? Maybe on channel 8, where I might be able to catch one or two songs every now and again from the above mentioned artists???? Your company has failed to accommodate the customers who grew up listening to this type of music, as well as the customers who grew accustomed to hearing it as an everyday part of your Dance and Electronic programming.

    You are wasting valuable channel space that you could otherwise be using to bring back Chrome and The Move. Channel 84 Chill??? What is this??? You consider this to be at the forefront of what people crave as far as Dance or Electronic music is concerned??? You get rid of Chrome and The Move and leave Chill???? I cannot express enough how disappointed I am in the decisions that have been made with regard to Dance and Electronic music programming in your company. I first became an XM subscriber about 7 or 8 years ago. I have been a very happy customer for the overwhelming majority of my time being a XM subscriber. However, at this point, I feel totally abandoned as a customer. I never even got so much as a reply to my previous email that I sent to your company about 1-2 months ago when I first expressed my dissatisfaction with XM’s decision to remove The Move from satellite radio. Now, at this point, I am totally disgusted with the idea of paying a monthly subscription fee for your service. The music programming that I loved, the same programming you had available for many years is now in large part gone and I no longer feel as though I am getting enough value for the added expense that it costs to keep your service. I currently have XM in both vehicles in my household. I have already begun thinking about cancelling my subscription. If your current programming remains the same, I will cancel my subscription with your company. In these terrible economic times, with more and more companies struggling to exist, I am sure I do not have to remind you of how important feedback is to the overall long term success of any company. As a paying customer, I hope you hear this message loud and clear. In addition to myself, there are many more unhappy customers, upset over the lineup changes in your new programming. Just go to CNN.COM to see what I am referring to. Yesterday, there was a blog on CNN.COM titled “Goodbye, XM”. If you take the time to read some of the entries on this blog, you will notice that I am not the only one who is very upset over these changes. Bring back Chrome and The Move and the music content that was played on these channels, or you will lose what used to be a very happy customer.

    November 13, 2008 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Gabe

    As long as SiriusXM doesn not have commercials like XM had i am happy. I have been with Sirius for over 6 years and never thought of going to XM. Every rental car i got had XM and it had TONS of commercials.

    November 13, 2008 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  118. STAR

    I don't like the changes to XM . I will not renew next year.

    November 13, 2008 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Jeep Girl

    People ask why pay for radio – do you pay for cable TV? If you don't, then you have a valid point. If you do, then you understand that you don't get the variety on the few local stations. The same is true for radio.

    I am an XM subscriber and have given the new stuff a chance. Edgier songs on channel 8 – good. Holiday music on 35 – good. Couple of my favs have gone (Cinemagic to come back in Jan 2009 – why drop only to bring back? Silly.)

    My only real complaint... the constant talking! I agree with several of the commenters.... I am paying to hear the song, not some looser who is telling me what food was popular when Pump Up the Volume was on the charts.

    Let me repeat in case someone from Sirius is reading..... tell the DJs to stop talking over the songs or save some money, fire them and use computers to randomly select the music.

    November 13, 2008 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Richard

    Where's my chrome? my system?
    i listened to this everyday / i may cancel too if i cant get back what i had because they lied when they said they were not cutting material only mixing the two systems. I will be on the phone with them again to get back what i loved about satelite radio? what is wrong with companies gaining loyal customers then taking away what we were loyal for?

    November 13, 2008 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  121. JD

    All I can say is that as a newwer Sirius subscriber, got it free with no Chrysler and then renewed I miss Backspin Channel 43. The hiphop/r&b channel are mainstream which is what I can hear on the radio; so why am i paying a premuim price to listen to mainstream music?!

    Bring backthe missing channels and DJs or at least poll the subscribers as to what they want!

    November 13, 2008 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Rob

    I was absolutley thrilled to find sirius stations on my XM radio yesterday morning. Sirius' lineup of music was much, much better than XM's. I feel like it is complete now. They have enerythign I like to listen to.

    November 13, 2008 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Barry

    They got rid of DISORDER!!!

    This was the best station SIRIUS had and the only one that set them apart from XM and FM.

    It felt like I lost a good friend and had my heart ripped out at the same time!

    Guess the Bean Counters Won

    November 13, 2008 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  124. TVC-15

    I've been with XM since its inception. Now after the merger with Sirius, Soul Street with Bobby Bennett and Leigh Hamilton is gone and has been replaced it with a bunch of crap. Bennett knows his historical and cultural musicology, discographies and is a consumate dj. SiriusXM, you may not miss me, but after this disappointment, I think I'll spend my money elsewhere.

    November 13, 2008 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Bil B

    I have both XM and Sirius... my thoughts: thank god there is satellite radio. Even on the crappiest day of programming, satellite is still light years ahead of traditional terrestrial radio. There is no competition.

    November 13, 2008 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Ruhlin

    As a customer of XM Radio for the last 2 years I have been very happy with the service provided. As of 11/12/08 that has changed. I listen at home, in the car and while I am at work and I am very disappointed with the new format of many of my favorite channels. There are now channel ID’s after nearly every song played or some nonsensical DJ interrupts with ridiculous commentary and talks through the entire intro to the next song.

    Do I really need to be told what channel I am listening to when I pay for the service on not one but 3 radios? I know I am listening to 70’s on 7 what is the point preaching to the choir?

    Why do these new DJ’s need to talk so much? They have nothing of importance to say, they tell me the name of the song I just listened to or will be listening to yet my radio is displaying the same information. Why do they have to talk between every song now? Is this really considered commercial free when there is talk in between every song? Why am I paying to listen to someone talk on a music channel when I can turn to a talk channel and listen to people talk?

    This needs to be fixed as this is not a better service or better format. I for one am extremely unhappy with this new format to the point of only after a couple of days I am ready to cancel all 3 of my accounts.

    November 13, 2008 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  127. cecil

    I am an xm subscriber and I do not like the changes one bit if we want our music back youwill have to write to sirius I am and if that does no good I will cancel they did not notify anyone even the people they fired also they got rid of Bill Anderson what a bunch of morons no wonder they wernot making any money by the way XM had more subscribers so much for Howard Stern Sirius does not care about their customers at all as for the web site at XM it was mostly blacked out

    November 13, 2008 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  128. joni

    SO, when did this merger take place? We have been XM subscribers for over two years, and we haven't gotten anything in the mail about it, and nothing about new stations to listen to. Where can we get this info??? HELP!!!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Illinois209

    I'm a Sirius subscribers since 2003.i have not been affected by the merger at all because i did my research to begin with.i did not lose any of my favorites ,and i agree with j , anybody can look -for the channels ,heck!you can even listen online or u can go back to fm.nobody is forcing you!

    November 13, 2008 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Jennifer

    I subscribed to Sirius for a year and was totally disenchanted with the satellite radio thing- the music was repetitive, I didn't enjoy most of the shows, and while they don't have "commercials", they were constantly advertising themselves, a move that I found irritating- I'm obviously already a subscriber; why are you advertising to me? However, when I bought a new car, it came with 3 free months of XM- after a week, I was hooked. I immediately signed up for a three-year subscription to XM. I hate that it's reverted to Sirius control and am very frustrated that Sirius has communicated nothing to me as an XM subscriber. I won't hesitate to cancel another subscription if Sirius hasn't made some drastic changes in their programming and service.

    November 13, 2008 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Theron Simpson

    As a faithful XM listener, I am disappointed by the merger due to the release of my favorite DJs on the Soul Street channel which is now the Soul Town channel. The same is true for the Suite 62 channel being changed to the Heart & Soul channel. Was consideration given to, perhaps, surveying the listening audience to see what goes and what stays or better yet, what can be consolidated? As with most changes, only time will tell how good or bad this merger really is from my perspective.

    November 13, 2008 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Hank

    I would like to say I will cancel but let’s be honest. Regular radio offers little besides commercials, interrupted by the occasional song or very tame and lame DJ. They are all owned by the same companies and seem to have the same formats and little variety. Add in the poor quality of most free radio stations these days and it is impossible for me to switch back. Sure they could improve, and we lost some of our favorites, but if you enjoy music or good talk and news satellite radio is an absolute must have. Regular radio is un-listenable!

    November 13, 2008 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  133. joe

    I've had XM for over 4 years..I love it. I just upgraded to the best of Sirrus.....

    November 13, 2008 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Rick

    I have been an xm subscriber for 3 years and luckily did not get ripped
    on my faves. Deep Tracks and Bluesville. Does anyone know what happened to George Taylor Morris? I e-mailed deep tracks but got no response.

    November 13, 2008 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Kevin Berard

    I think it is a travisty as to how Sirius has handeled the take over. I have not gotten an ounce of email from Sirius in regards to their offerings of "The Best of" content, or the A la carte options, or the most recent total merging of both companies which lead to the new station line-up. I had to find out on a blog site that I read daily to get this info. I ahve been a subscriber of 2 radios for the last 3-4 years. I do not think I should have to pay for "The best of" content. There is nothing amazing anyway that is worth having to pay for, besides "The Virus", big whoop! I am a loyal follower of Stern and his crew, and this is the only reason why I am even putting up with this, but come on Sirius XM, get some customer service skills, and help out the people who have been there threw thick and thin.

    November 13, 2008 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  136. atx79

    My car had free xm. I actually connected the sirius transmitter because i love sirius. Now that Howar Stern has moved i went back to the factory installed radio. Sirius has good music i mean they cant get it right 100 percent thats what ipods are for, but that gets boring. So am happy!!! Plus like the other guy said i leave it on Howard 100 and 101 96% percent of the time anyways. This is my listening scheduel, Howard, change in commercials on when eric is on or something boring, then John Hein, then Howard , John Hein, Howard, John Hein. If not sometimes sirius 1, 9,21, 24, 40, 45, 50, 106, 104, 30, 100, 101

    November 13, 2008 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  137. nelson

    Why should the lack of communication or care for the customer surprise anyone. This is Mel Karmizan's M.O. He doesn't really give a crap about you, as always he's looking to milk it dry and get out. He never built anything, his claim to fame is Mergers and Aquisitions. Once the merger is done the company languishes because he's a horrible CEO. Get rid of Mel, just look at the stock price when he started and where it is now!

    November 13, 2008 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Cory

    I love Xm but the one thing I have noticed is I do not have the Greatful Dead now with the merger?? What gives. IF you want to keep me please at the very least give me the Dead since you have taken away some great channels! And as far as Howard Stern goes? Who care. I actualy got my XM for Lex and Terry which are much better for me.

    November 13, 2008 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Doug

    I have had XM for a few years. The only station I listen to is Beyond Jazz at work because it has few lyrics to get distracted by and no offensive lyrics that could get me into trouble. This is not a choice now, so I found a different Jazz channel, but it is not nearly as good. I won't cancel my subscription, but I'm not happy either.

    November 13, 2008 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Hulk Hogan

    Brother, Sirius-XM should have sent out an email in advance of changing the lineups.

    That being said, as an XM subscriber since '03, I was ecstatic to receive the new lineup. Now I get the NFL, NBA, E-Street Radio, Margaritaville and a host of new options.

    In order for progress to be made, sometimes sacrifices have to be as well.

    November 13, 2008 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  141. T- Odd

    BRING BACK FUNGUS 53! I miss hearing Lou Brutus tell me about new music and interesting stories about punk, hardcore, rockabilly, and psychobilly bands! I certainly miss driving home and being able to hear Hee-Haw Hell, I swear I'm going to cancel my subscription, and on top of that they give no warning what so ever? The whole reason i got XM was because radio stations here in the Tragic City (Birmingham, Al.) suck! Now I'm forced to either cancel my subscription and listen to local jibberish and crap, or swallow this merger like trite and deal with it. Just another sign that this country is going to hell!

    November 13, 2008 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Adriene

    I am a Sirius subscriber and they did not inform us of any of the changes either! I am sadden that some of the music offerings on XM are now gone!!!

    The merger could have been handled alot better!!!

    November 13, 2008 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Bob

    I am pleased that they kept the LOFT because it is my favorite channel hands down. I'd like to hear Stern, but don't feel that any extra fees should be incurred if it is a true merger. The Elvis Channel will be kinda cool every now and then. I am sorry to the people who have lost their favorites. I would be crushed if they removed the Loft or any of it's on air talent.

    November 13, 2008 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  144. DT

    Howard Stern is all I listen to for the most part.. so it doesn't really matter to me.
    When he's done that's when I'll cancel.

    November 13, 2008 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Rick in Maryland

    I have nothing to complain about. A few stations that I listened to have changed, but Howard Stern stays!!! He is the one and only reason I subscribe.

    November 13, 2008 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Jim

    I've been subscribing to Sirius since I purchased my 2007 VW, which came with a factory-installed Sirius receiver. I was excited about the merger because I thought I would be able to subscribe to a less-expensive package ($6.99 vs $12.99/month) with fewer channels. However, one of the stations that I listen to most often - the Grateful Dead channel - is considered a 'premium' channel, and is not available in the low-cost packages. I haven't seen any loss of other channels that I listen to - only the names have changed - so I really haven't gained or lost anything from the merger.

    November 13, 2008 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  147. SounderMN

    Family films? I'd like to ask the movie studios why every film has to revolve around violence or death? Ice Age: cute cartoon about Antarctic animals. It could have been a good story about these singing and dancing animals. But, instead the overarching story is that they are starving to death, thanks to the humans, and there are monsters under the ice waiting to eat them up. Not to pick on just this one, but it seems that every so-called children's movie I pick up has some underlying theme like this. Why can't it just be entertaining for the kids? What's wrong with a fun story that doesn't involve some person or animal dying?

    Oh, and one other point. Coming attractions should always be for other movies with the same rating OR LOWER. I shouldn't go to a movie or pick up a DVD for a G rated children's movie, then find that the trailers are for "SAW" or "Shoot me again til I'm a bloody gore" are run before the movie. "This preview approved for all audiences"? I don't think so. These trailers frighten young children, and ruin the fun of the upcoming movie. If it's a G movie, all trailers should be for G movies. If it's an R movie, trailers could be G, PG, PG13, R, NC17 movies. Give a little consideration to the audience!

    November 13, 2008 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Fred

    I am real upset that XM 72, Beyond Jazz was just taken away. The notes say that if you liked 72, then you would like 71, Watercolors. Well, I liked them both but they are NOT the same at all. BRING BACK BEYOND JAZZ!

    November 13, 2008 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Andy

    I've been a Sirius subscriber since 12/25/06. I knew that the merger was coming, but wasn't notified as to when. I found out about it when I started my car and my Sirius readout told me it was updating channels. An email would have been nice, especially telling me what would be changing. That said, except for not getting a few XM channels that sound like they were pretty cool, I'm more-or-less okay with what we have now. I like the addition of "Willie's Place" and the 40's channel. I also like the change in the blues channel. Sirius would play mostly very recent rock-based electric blues; lots and lots of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Robert Cray, Joe Bonamassa and others in that style, with other styles and eras thrown in only here and there. Great music, but there are many, many more styles of blues than that, and I'm glad that Sirius XM 74 is now playing much more of a variety, including a lot more acoustic/traditional/country blues.

    November 13, 2008 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  150. David

    I'm not liking the changes so far. They've changed the hosts so much I dont even know who I'm listening to, they ditched quite a few channels. I've been a Sirius subscriber since the beginning, and I see my favorite channel, Octane (new rock) being heavily influenced by alternative music, for which there is a whole separate channel

    November 13, 2008 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  151. NoVa

    "Have any XM subscribers had EQUIPMENT ISSUES since the changeover? I have a Skyfi2 that is now resetting itself, turning itself to Channel 1, etc. I am losing signal and get a large chunks of time where the display reads “Searching for signal”. This never happened before – same equipment, same general area of travel. This started the day the changeover happened. Anyone else?"

    YES! Everytime I start my car. Stoopid Sirius.

    The programming change is not cool either. Whose brilliant idea was it to take away E! and replace it with Cosmo? I'm not 45 (looking at you, Oprah/Take 5) but I'm not 18 either.

    ::sob:: I want my XM back.

    November 13, 2008 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Betsy

    I have (or had) XM and have honestly not noticed the change. I did notice that I found it easier to find stations playing songs from the 80's (my kind of music), so I think if no one had told me there was a merger, I would have never noticed.

    November 13, 2008 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Jim Martin

    I hate the format changes. Too much talk on the music channels. bery dissapointed

    November 13, 2008 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Redline57

    Been a Sirius subscriber since 8/05. My bigest compaints are with the 2 stations I listen to the most. Howard of course, it's bad enough there are comercials, but on the the replays, they seem to be doubled. The commercials, that is. And the unfunny phoney phone calls. The Vault plays 7 out of 10 songs that you can and have heard on any classic rock station for years. With their archive they should not play the same song or same artist in a week or even a month. Just a lazy program director. No DJ's would save a lot of $$. They are really unecessary, just cut into the music time.

    November 13, 2008 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  155. John S

    They removed "The Strobe" and replaced with music from the 1940's, Willie Nelson, and South Gospel.

    WHAT WERE THEy THINKING?!?!?!?!

    I will not be renewing.

    November 13, 2008 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Causey

    I aam a Sirius subscriber and consider the new changes to be good overall. To those who do not like the changes and are threatening to cancel, what will you have it you do? Not many choices out there!

    November 13, 2008 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  157. J

    Like many here, Im not happy with the merger. (if you can call it that. it seems to be more of a takeover.)

    The biggest tragedy is the loss of Toby and Billy Zero at XMU. Over the past year i have uncovered more great music than ever, mostly thanks to those two.

    Sadly, SiriusXMU has become a more mainstream college/indie station. I don't pay for radio to listen to the same generic drivel i can get for free!

    i'll give it a couple months to see if they come around, but most likely i will not be renewing my subscription.

    November 13, 2008 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  158. j

    furthermore this was a MERGER and all fault should not be put on Sirius for not telling you something was changing. boy what a bunch of complainers! sirius.com for a channel line up. you can get on here and post about it but can't find the lineup? try listening for more than 5 min. to decide if you like it or not. if you read the lineup there's also some stations just in a transitional phase til the first of the year and then regular programming will resume.

    November 13, 2008 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Boricua

    Like many of you, all my Latin Channels disapeared with the merger, and not only that, they left me with 1 channel and its not that good....I'm seriously thinking about cancelling....no heads up was given about any of this, this was horrible planning on both XM and Sirius...

    November 13, 2008 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  160. T-Ham

    DC is right on point. There's too much DJ chatter on Classic Vinyl...if we wanted talk, we'd listen to FM. Just play the songs back to back – why do you think we'd rather listen to trivia about when a band was inducted into the hall of fame instead of hearing another song? And please do a better job of showing artist and song info instead of only "RNR Hall of Fame"

    November 13, 2008 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  161. j

    I have had Sirius since Howard Stern joined. I liked the music stations "ok" but mainly keep it for Howard. I was thrilled to see the combined channels now! I love the new "well new to Sirius" 90's, Pop 2k and I really like what I have heard so far on The Heat which replaced one of the other Hip Hop channels. So far the Heat has played the radio versions of some hip hop songs that I could not otherwise listen to with my kids in the car. You still have Shade 45 and Hip Hop nation if you like the explicit version but it's nice to have a choice! I LOVE the new lineup!

    November 13, 2008 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  162. kristen

    I have sirius & they did send a poll asking which channels I listened to- but it was a partial list. Some of my faves are gone too- and I am considering cancelling. I was intruiged about listening to Oprah, but don't want to pay for it.

    November 13, 2008 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Nik

    I've had XM and am very disappointed with the merger. I've lost my three favourite channels and the new ones/ones that are left are playing much less variety. The main reason I have XM is for greater variety and selection. Now, it seems like I'd be better off with my iPod.

    I will give SiriusXM the opportunity to improve their programming but I'm not that patient.

    November 13, 2008 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Gretchen

    I am not happy with the changes. I liked the fact that on XM what I got was music and not a bunch of talking. Now on the Pops channel, there is commentary between each composition. I will let my contract run out and then I will probably turn to my CD collection which I have some control of. I felt with the merger that we now had a monopoly and would have no choice or control of cost. With the recent unannounced changes it confirms my thinking.

    November 13, 2008 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Dan

    Anyone disappointed with the merger should blame the government officials who refused to approve the merger back when these 2 companies had a chance to succeed as one.

    The FCC board's failure to approve the merger until LONG after the Justice Department had approved it was politics at its worst– they were in the pocket of traditional radio, which was concerned about competing with satellite radio. Thanks to that delay, it's all but bankrupted Sirius and XM, and the company is on life support.

    November 13, 2008 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Glenn

    Almost a year ago we were told there will be a change. we were told
    that we could order channels that we wanted. instead we were given almost every channel that the two offered. some were combined to make a new channel out of two. but still complaints. if the people do not want this new system then just cancel..........i guess if you has cable tv you would complain about direct tv or vice versa. what makes you people happy?

    November 13, 2008 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Maggie

    I have had a subscription to sirius for about a year and pretty much only subscribed for Howard Stern show, less commercials and hoping for a much better selection of music. I have been a Stern fan for many years, but for about the last 3 months me and my co-working find his showing boring and uninteresting. Also, Stern is always taking vacations. We listen to Jason Ellis on Faction in the afternoon, he is really out-there, but quite funny. As for the music selection, its not very good. They have a 24 AC/DC channel, which is rediculous. They are playing a lot of the same music that is on FM/AM stations. I would love to hear less played more obscure music. I am considering cancelling my suscription, for the money it is not worth it. They should lower the price or make the channels much better!

    November 13, 2008 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  168. artst3000

    I just unsubscribed and turned off all the radios in all my cars. I listen to mostly rap, r&b, and dance (techno, etc.). The new lineup is not worth paying for for what I like to listen. Bring XM Raw and The Rhyme back and I will resubscribe. Satellite radio won't last long anyway. Internet radio is the future.

    November 13, 2008 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Clara KCMO

    I am a loyal XM subscriber and LOVED POTUS 08 this year. It has changed to POTUS News or something and we don't even have Scott Walterman anymore.

    I could care less about Sirius; but love many of the XM format. For the $15/mo – I could podcast the stuff I actually want,...

    Have not heard from Sirius since the merger,...

    November 13, 2008 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Chris

    There are a lot of valid complaints listed here. XM never did enough to make their customers aware of the changeover – specifically what channels they were discontinuing. I am happy about Margaritaville but unhappy about losing others.

    Have any XM subscribers had EQUIPMENT ISSUES since the changeover? I have a Skyfi2 that is now resetting itself, turning itself to Channel 1, etc. I am losing signal and get a large chunks of time where the display reads "Searching for signal". This never happened before – same equipment, same general area of travel. This started the day the changeover happened. Anyone else?

    November 13, 2008 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  171. Christine

    I am missing my favorite classical stations and announcers, and I'm P.O.'d.

    Replacing VOX with the Met Opera is unacceptable to me - I want vocal music, yes, but to have only opera is awful. I'm not an opera fan, so that's basically one less channel.

    The music channels that came over from Sirius, such as 24/7 Springsteen, Grateful Dead and Elvis, are a waste of channel time. I was very happy with XM's lineup as it was (which is why I chose XM in the first place).

    Adding the "best of Sirius" to XM offers nothing to me that I'm at all interested in - I don't care about Martha Stewart or the NFL and definitely have no interest in Howard Stern. I would have loved more variety in news and radio theater, but that wasn't available.

    My internet wi-fi radio will replace XM at home, and I'll keep my car XM radio for the time being. As soon as internet radio is available for my car, I'll be history.

    I would have liked to have been asked what I want to listen to. Sneaky is definitely the word of the day.

    Sirius, you have ruined XM.

    November 13, 2008 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  172. sean sharkie burke

    Where is the Rhyme?? Old school hip hop got dropped and that is a crime!

    November 13, 2008 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  173. FrankAZ

    As an XM subrsciber for years – I absolutely hate the new programming on the channels that were taken over by Sirus: XMU and Fred...Their music seems to be "soft" and the XM subrsciber is the one who lost in this deal. I can't imagine paying for this much longer; I can get this music for free.

    Where is Billy Zero?

    November 13, 2008 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Lisa

    I miss Oprah and Friends.

    November 13, 2008 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  175. CitizenUSA

    Fortunately I have built up a decent library of CD's over the years. None of this digital download stuff for me. Since I can play a CD virtually anywhwere I want, I do not have a need for any kind of airwave transmissions. I play what I like, when I like, and don't have to listen to the drabblings of overpaid, self-indulgent radio personalities.

    November 13, 2008 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Phil

    Jim V. You are so on target. Everybody stop complaining, if you don't have Sirius/XM you will be very sorry!

    November 13, 2008 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Tony M

    I hate that they dropped stations without any warning and makes you feel as a subsciber that they really don't care what you think. I'm SIRIUS-LY thinking about dropping them and going bact to internet radio at work and my ipod in my car.

    November 13, 2008 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  178. JM

    I've been a Sirius Subscriber for years almost from the beginning and I have always thought Sirius was far superior to XM. Sirius XM has not really changed the channel line up, but they have merged the two. There are several stations that were practically the same on both services. What did you expect them to do? Keep them all? Give them a chance. I am thrilled with the new line up and the changes being made. It is only making satellite radio better.

    November 13, 2008 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  179. john k

    I have sirius in one car and xm in another i was wonder if we still going to be charged different rates or will one be like a add on just 6.99

    November 13, 2008 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Kathleen

    I have had Sirius radio for a few years now and am not crazy about the new XM/Sirius. My dad had XM and every time I turned his car on there was talking and no music. If that happens with the merger I am going to be mad! I got Sirius for the music, not the talking.

    November 13, 2008 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Jesse

    They took away backspin!!
    No Backspin = No Subscription

    November 13, 2008 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  182. B ran

    No suprise why the stock price is nearly worthless.

    November 13, 2008 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Allain

    After the change up, i found that i got the best of both worlds
    Thanks SiriusXM

    November 13, 2008 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Kevin Foster

    I was in the first 800,000 XM subscribers and now have four radios on my account. XM took Channel 80 off in June. It was the station I listen to 90% of the time. The frustrating part was contacting XM and being ignored when I asked about its return. I've looked at the new channel lineup I won't be renewing my four subscriptions in January. I've read that Gen Y could care less about satellite radio because they have IPods. They really should be doing more to keep current subscribers but I got the feeling they could care less.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Jason F

    The change really hasnt bothered me at all. I wish Boombox would come back. I like some of the new programming on Area (Sirius 38). I think we got some some good programming from XM with that change. Im happy with the Beat/BPM hybrid that now exists. When I rented cars I was always happy when I got to listen to BPM and The System on XM. I wish The System(XM82) would come over to Sirius. Ive enjoyed AIR BPM and Addiction. Im not sure where Bagatelle Brunch came from, but it showed up a few weeks ago on BPM(formerly The Beat) and thats been one of my favorite programs.

    Sirius please dont get rid of Derek and Romaine.

    I have no intention of cancelling my subscription. The only thing that will make me do that is playing commercials on the music channels. I dont mind commercials on the talk channels. The people talking need to take a break once in a while too. And the short commercial breaks; as annoying as they can be ("I will not smoke in a car..." and the MegaLife Insurance) are nothing compared to what feels like 30 minutes of commercials per hour on regular radio.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Shawn

    I too canceled today after 6 years with XM. It will be my Ipod until Internet radio is available in my car.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Matt

    Not everyone will appreciate it, but the station I will miss is Kids Stuff on Sirius which was merged into the XM channel Kid Place Live. Kids Stuff kept my kids entertained without making me go crazy having to listen to Barney over and over and over. Now it's like a talk show for kids. Sorry but my daughter could care less about Kevin Curtis and The Animal Farm whatever the hell that is. Just play music you morons.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  188. jeff

    I LOVE MY SIRIUS!!!!! howard stern rules, and The Grateful Dead

    November 13, 2008 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Jim V.

    Pandora radio – is not even close to sirius/XM – you people complain just to complain – Sirius/XM is the best thing going for no matter what mood your in there is a station to listen too. Everyone keep cancelling and ruin it for all of us – then when you don't have it – you'll be soory.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Jeff

    Michael....I am also unhappy with their customer service. I bought the Inno with a $50 rebate. Some idiot who got the rebate form typed the radio ID in incorrectly. 6-8 weeks later, it was rejected. I called to have it resubmitted with the error corrected. 6-8 weeks later, it was rejected again because they say my radio is not active. I called Sirius XM customer service, and they transfer me to the rebate department, they transfer me back to XM customer service, I get transferred back to the rebate department and they said "Have XM customer service send us an email verifying that you have an active radio", so I got transferred back to Customer Service and and they said they would send me a letter within 5-10 business days. Didn't happen. I called Customer service again, and the representative didn't know how to handle it so she transferred me to the rebate department, they transferred me back to customer service, and i got transferred again to the rebate department and was told "Hey man, you're getting blown off, they know exactly what to do, they're BSing you". So I called customer service again and they said they would send me a letter within 5-10 business days. It's been 20 business days with no letter. Can you believe I've been trying to get this rebate since February of this year?

    Not a way to treat your customers, and it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  191. BLAKE

    It is worth $12.95 a month just for Howard Stern...

    with all the music, sports, news channels you CANNOT complain....i can never imagine listening to old fashioned bland, censored, generic FM radio every again,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    November 13, 2008 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Heidi

    I'm very happy with the merger. I previously subscribed to Sirius and only after purchasing a new vehicle did I switch to XM, but I missed my old Sirius channels. Now I have the best of both worlds. Oh and you can get a listing of all the channels on the xmradio website, so not disappointed at all. Especially love having Siriusly Sinatra and Lithium on XM now!

    November 13, 2008 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Dra

    I hate Sirius programming. I lost my favorite channels and the new ones are not the same. Will be getting rid of Sirius XM – ASAP!

    November 13, 2008 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Gene

    My car has Sirius and have had for two years. If you add another radio you get a discount. My wife's new car comes with XM. Since they are one company I thought I could get a discount on the second car. Nope.
    I' m going to cancel Sirius when my subscription is up in December.
    They should make an allowance whem you don't have a choice of which system you get in your car.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Patrick Murphy

    I wasn't happy about the merger, especially since they're making old XM subscribers pay extra for the NFL games. However, I've listened to Sirius at length before because my friends had it. 80% of what both stations had were similar anyway. You should be able to find what you need.

    Of course, since I live in Charlotte and readers voted ANY satellite radio (or their own iPods) over any of the crap they have on local radio here, I have no choice but to make the investment.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Bob

    As others have pointed out, the merger had to happen in order for satellite radio to survive. I have been a happy Sirius subscriber for three years, and what I like best about the service IS the chance to hear music, performers, and genres I would never before. And while combining some of the similar stations was inevitable, I am ecstatic that now I can get Bob Dylan's show, Tom Petty's show, and the Willie Nelson channel.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Maggie

    I signed up for XM because the stations in my large city didn't play any of the music I preferred and the NPR station had more talk than music. I have enjoyed XM, but am not as happy with SPA as I was with AudioVisions. The music doesn't seem as soothing as it was. I will also miss Fine Tuning and Beyond Jazz. Being an older listener, I appreciate having the music of the 40's, 50's, 60's, etc. as well as Sinatra. I hope Sirius/XM will leave these stations alone. Also, like many others, I listen for the music not for the lip-flapping. I've already noticed that the Pop Classical station has added DJs.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Chuychomp

    I have been a long time subscriber to Sirius and I am seriously disappointed with what happened.

    My biggest complaint is that they have compressed the electronic music genre. I WANT MY BOOMBOX BACK!

    I am also disappointed that they have reduced the Spanish stations to 1, 1! Are you kidding me. Yes I know Sirius had reduced the Spanish stations once before but I was hoping with the merger, the XM ones would transfer over. Oh yes we got a transfer, 1! They got rid of Universo Latino and Rumbon and replaced it with Caliente, that's it!

    In my opinion, this merger is sucking BIG TIME!

    November 13, 2008 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  199. janiqua

    Thankfully I am not the only one who feels so truly disappointed at this so-called merger.

    I love how someone wrote in their comments that XM has been gutted like a fish...so sad...

    it is too bad that neither station really seemed to communicate to their listeners as to when this was going to happen, and try to arrange for a more equitable way to divide the stations up.

    XM mentions that many stations just have name changes. However, this is not the case, they are also FORMAT changes, and DJ's who talk too much!
    Also, with the format changes, many of the original XM channels and playlists are gone!

    After five years of XM , I may sadly have to end my subscription if after a week or so this doesn't jive with me.

    This is not a merger, it is more of a TAKEOVER!!

    so sad...

    November 13, 2008 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Fan of KIds Channel

    I am just glad that Sirius kept Kenny and the farm on XM Kids. It would have been a shame if the animals had to be put down.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  201. duuzbug

    bring back beyond jazz, you have to be different than fm, that's why i never played the regular radio stations. Fix it quick or cancellations will break you.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Michael

    This is just another example of how much corporate executives hate their customers. They no longer have any long term business plans, they only do what that can to make it through this quarter. So what if you have some unhappy customers. I wrote to one of their executives in customer service 2 days ago. If they cared, they would have sent a reply thanking me for my comments. This is the way to stop getting new customers. I have not decided what I will do when I come up for renewal again, but if it was today, they would be gone.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Jon

    I am disappointed to lose XM 72 beyond jazz, which was by far the best station that XM had to offer. Jam On and the Grateful Dead channel are the only things keeping me from canceling in the next week, but that will probably change (and I will cancel) as this merger has messes with my XM NAV Traffic unit and now my car navigation doesn't work, and XM's support staff is nothing better than AWFUL.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Bill

    I cancelled 3 of 4 radios this morning. The fourth will follow in a few weeks barring the restoration of the channels I used to listen to most. For the three I got rid of I can make use of Pandora.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Jeff

    As an XM Subscriber, I'd like to offer two suggestions...

    - Less DJ's, more music. Some stations have DJ's that ramble on about the history of a song or artist, and some stations advertise themselves after each song. Get rid of this....I am more interested in song-song-song, no talking.

    - More music variety (and this is a knock on XM). Combine the music databases of Sirius and XM and go with it.

    To please both XM and Sirius, I hope there is a way to offer music channels for those who like DJ's and those who like music only (or those stations on autopilot). Remember that Sirius XM needs both subscriber bases to survive. Going with a strictly Sirius format or XM format is going to alienate one group, or both.

    I AM happy that Boneyard is coming back in January.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  206. John

    I have a lifetime subscription to Siruis, but I never turn it on, as I have found Pandora and play it through my iPhone everywhere. No Talk, and customizable to what you want to listen to. Also, did I mention, it is FREEEEEE.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Kevin

    I didn't even notice the changeover until I read an article about it yesterday. All of my stations stayed the same so I cannot really complain about it. The names changed but the pre-sets were kept. No matter what, I am keeping XM-Sirius. I cannot stand terrestrial radio. I'm sure XM-Sirius will get better with time.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Cherry D

    I was disappointed to start my car and not fine Soul Street on Channel 60mbut Soul Town instead...this is just FM to another extreme...I mean I like Motown, but there is more to soul classics that Motown and Soul Street had it with the soul oldies (not just classics) going back to the 50's up to the 70's and the DJs had personality. I also lost Beyond Jazz, Chrome (good dance music) and The Suite..the choices recommended do not please me. I always bragged to friends that I have not used my CD player in my car since I brought it because of XM radio, well I guess I will have to learn to use it, because when my year's subscription ends, I don't think I will be renewing...I'll listen to local stations and CDs, although I will miss it online in my office.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  209. em

    What happened to Ethel and Squizz. My husband and I are extremely disappointed with the changes to XM. We have canceled our subscription.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Brett

    It's a good thing Sirius XM kept the NHL talk channel because that is now the only thing that sets it apart from regular radio here in the states and the only thing that will keep me a subscriber. Otherwise, my two favorite music channels are GONE (Fine Tuning & Beyond Jazz). A really sad day for great music.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Tom

    I am quite unhappy with the merger they took my station, XM 82 off the air and left it to the "listen online" section. Thats what I have my IPOD and Itunes for is to listen on the computer at work. Very unhappy..

    November 13, 2008 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  212. kevin h

    I enjoy listening to CCN español and CNN. But I am not sure if I should continue paying the subscription just to listen to a couple of radio stations. I really thought they had many more channels than they actually offer.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Philip

    Stop complaining everyone. We have numerous channels to chose from and everyone's taste can be addressed. Sirius/XM will adjust the offering as required, so calm down. By the way, I don't work for the company and don't own the stock. Satellite radio is far superior to terrestrial radio!!

    November 13, 2008 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  214. kevin h

    I enjoy listening to CCN español and CNN. But I am not sure if I should continue paying the subscription just to listen to a couple of radio stations. I really thought they had many more channels than they actually offer.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  215. Eric

    I am a Sirius subscriber and I am also disappointed with the merger. Two of my favorite stations have since disappeared with no notice; Backspin and Boombox.

    With this merger it seems as if they are almost going back to the regular free radio format. The whole reason I got Sirius was all of the different genres of music that they had a station devoted to. Now it seems that they are all just blended together...and way too many commercials.

    Very disapoointed!!

    November 13, 2008 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Frank

    I'll keep an open mind, but I don't like how they handled the changeover. Also they need to be careful with commercials. I pay the suscription fee so I don't have to hear them. Sirius, you are on notice.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Bob Krupa

    People say they're going back to am/fm radio. I remember always having to change the channels to get good reception, I remember tons of commercials, I remember poor reception on drives out of city. The program lineup for SyriusXM is SUPERB. People are upset abount missing a particular channel that they had gotten used to. Look around, all your favorites can still be found and you might find some new favorites. I could not live without my satellite radio.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Ace King

    I subscribed to XM to avoid paying Howard "Bonehead" Stern's gross salary, but now I'm doing it anyway. Goodbye Sirius and hello iTunes and FM radio.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Ken M

    Buzzsaw was the best station on Sirius. It was the reason I resubscibed when my free 6 months was on on my truck. Now it is gone, replaced by Boneyard. There was no comparison between the two. I will definitely not resign when my current subscription is up.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  220. baggers1080

    We've had Sirius for awhile now – my husband is more into it than me – at first it was really cool to be able to listen to the specific music that I wanted all the time but as it went on, the same music was being played over and over and I've gone back to my CD player!

    November 13, 2008 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  221. JIllian

    I am a Sirius subscriber and hate the new line-up. I especially miss Backspin the Old School Hip-Hop music station. I was informed by customer service that Hip-Hop Nation plays 1 show a day that plays Old School music. That station is just like any other Hip-Hop Station on regular radio. I am considering cancelling our 3 subscritptions.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Amy

    I'm iffy thus far. I liked how the XM channels were organized. I miss the kitschy channel names (Ethel, Lucy, Fred....my three favorite channels).

    November 13, 2008 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Samantha

    I understand that mergers are necessary, but so is communication. I don't know about anyone else, but I have never visited XM radio's website. The money is drafted from our bank acct, and we listen to the radio. I'm very disappointed that they've changed the stations – All of my favorites are either gone or different. Considering cancelling. I'd rather listen to my iPod.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  224. Ian

    I am at upset the switch as I lost my fave station on XM, Channel 82 the System, please bring it back, I dont want to listen to it online, I want to listen to it in my car.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Joe Hunt

    I love Sirius first wave 22....and now it's on XM...AWESOME! Thank you Mel K.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  226. lisa

    Are you kidding. Stern is nothing if not full of himself. He's the reason I went with XM in the first place. I won't be paying the $4 extra a month to get his show on XM either.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  227. Terry

    My XM 3 year subscription came up for renewal last month. I did not renew. It no longer seems a good value for dollar spent.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Bay Girl

    I have XM on my boat and Sirius in my car. I've grown more fond of Sirius than XM in the last few years. However, I am HIGHLY upset that the merger resulted in my favorite channel, Sirius Disorder, being cancelled. I drive one and half hours to get to work and have been doing nothing but flipping channels for the last two days!

    November 13, 2008 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  229. ajm

    I have four XM radio subscriptions...by the end of the day I'll have none...Thanks SIrius/XM for the lack of notice. At least I'm giving you the courtesy of a warning.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  230. Marsha

    I am a Broadway music lover who listened to both Sirius and XM. The Broadway Channel on Sirius was always "Broadway 101" while the channel on XM was Advanced PhD-Level Broadway. In no way were they similar. Unfortunately, now I am only left with Sirius' dumbed-down station playing mostly current hits with a smattering of popular stuff and none of the arcane shows that made XM a joy to listen to.

    Unfortunately, there is no place else that I can get anything close to the Sirius "On Broadway" but XM will be sorely missed.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Hagrid

    I've been with XM since 2002 and have it in 2 of my cars now. There are positive and negative aspects to the new situation. Positive, the Elvis Channel, The E Street Channel (Bruce Springsteen 24/7) and more comedy channels. Negative, the Boneyard has been replaced(?) with Hair Nation. I will keep the service because driving 33+ miles to work and back can get really boring. I do have an iPod and I use it when nothing else suits my mood at the moment. Glad to see the AC/DC channel made the cut. I understand most people are upset one of the channels didn't make the cut but over time perhaps they'll revive them and push the limits again. Oh and yes telling people to listen to the 70's channel instead of Chrome is like telling someone to have fruit salad when they want orange. You'll get some orange every once in a while but not near as satisfying.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  232. barbara

    I'm beginning to get annoyed with Sirius radio. I'm sick and tired
    of DJs talking thru the beginning of songs. If I wanted to hear them talk, I'd still be listening to regular radio. I'm paying to hear the ENTIRE song; not their useless chatter.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Anne

    Bill, I'm right there with you on channel 82. They had finally started playing Armin Vanbuuren's State Of Trance show.

    I like that I can now listen to BBC Radio 1, however, I can do that for free over the internet so what's the point of paying for sat service? Right now I'm on the fence about cancelling but so far it isn't looking good for Sirus/XM.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  234. DESRAH

    CANCELLATIONS!!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  235. Dan

    I dont mind that the two merged. But I am upset about coming to work and finding that Stretch my bacon eatin midget was fired from Maxim radio. I have been listening to his show since its inception and now its gone.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  236. Larry in Williamsport, PA

    As someone who'd been looking forward to satellite radio for years, I was an early XM subscriber and loved it. Then it gradually started to change. Too many ads, too much DJ chatter, too many of the same tunes, plus lousy reception. If I'd wanted that I would have kept listening to FM! To make matters worse, I had to jump through hoops to cancel the service. Their outsourced customer service was atrocious to say the least. There's just no excuse for it. I'm glad I got out when I did, and I doubt if Sirius could ever change my mind about satellite radio. The XM hassles just weren't worth it.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  237. Mr. X

    Dave, I couldn't disagree more. The jocks on Sirius (at least the stations I listen to) bring some good insight and fun facts to the music. They keep the chatter to a minimum....haven't really ever heard anyone go longer than say 45 seconds. Go back to FM for all we care...and enjoy the nonstop commercials.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Ken

    Sure some of the stations stayed the "same". But are they really. As one writer mentioned the play lists are shallower. Unless you are a sports junkie I cannot see keeping the service. We will be canceling our subscription. Its too bad. Ever

    November 13, 2008 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  239. lisa krader

    As a long-time XM Radio listener I, too, was shocked that all of my favorite stations were – quite literally – gone. I went from listening to Philadelphia's great bubble-gum AM radio in the late 60s early 70s to the rock-era mid to late 70s and disco. All with patient ears listening to tons of horrible commercials. Then it was punk, grunge, and back to classic rock. Again with patient ears listening to tons of horrible commercials.

    When I purchased my 2005 Honda Accord Hybrid it came with three months of free XM. I didn't need the three months – I was instantly hooked! It took me almost no time to scan the dozens of stations I eventually fell in love with and get used to them on a daily basis.

    When I entered my car yesterday and found that most of my stations were gone, I was struck dumb. Three years of blissful music, talk, and sports all gone in a instant.

    Sure, I got an e-mail a few days ago, but as I am on the mailing list and get these quite often I just pushed the "delete" button. If there was maybe a "This e-mail will alter your everyday life" in the subject line, I may have opened it and the shock wouldn't have been so hard. But, no, I had to find out the hard way.

    It's my birthday Saturday, and, alsa, the dream of (at my ripe old age) not having to get used to yet one more thing will not be realized. But, since I am a positive-thinking person I will just look into the future and know I will be okay with this. After all, unless commercials appear on Sirius-XM, as Gloria Gaynor sings, "I will Survive."

    Ummm...on which channel can I find that song???

    November 13, 2008 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Mariah

    to put it bluntly...the merger sucks. there were three channels i listened to the most. two are now renamed and one of those is edited. if i wanted to listen to edited radio i would listen to normal free radio. im terribly upset with the change. i cant believe im paying for edited music.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Jennifer

    A little notice would have been nice. I got in my car and thought my boyfriend had changed all of my channels (he had Sirus and I had XM). I was furious. And then I noticed the new tag and realized they had merged. I knew it was coming, but like I said, a little notice would have been nice. To me, it's not much different than what I had before. I do miss the clever names of my favorite stations, Fred, Ethel, Lucy...especially Lucy. However, I haven't noticed much difference in the stations' formats and I'll be staying on as a customer.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Catherine

    I had Sirius ever since Howard Stern started there and I'm not giving up mine. I've listened to XM and quite frankly they have the same music choices thst Sirius has. With this merger, it's all about making adjustments.

    I have to admit they dropped one station of mine but I'm fine with that.

    At least we have more Sports offerings to listen to. If you listen to old fashion terestial radio, you can't find NASCAR or NHL games on it.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Joe The Plumber

    Sirius has lost me...new channels suck

    November 13, 2008 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Donnie

    FTR, I'm still supportive of a subscription based radio service as I've had it with the FCC nazis trying to tell me what's "offensive"

    November 13, 2008 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Donnie

    What's with all of the channel changes? Some of my faves are gone or have modified formats.

    How is this better for me? Since I've got the lifetime subscription, I guess it will have to do, but it would have been nice to have some input.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Janeen

    I have never subscribed to either service because I felt their choices not nearly broad enough for my personal tastes (come on, only three "classical" channels, with the limitless possibilities: string ensembles, Russian composers, original Renaissance instruments...). I did, however, have a limited number of XM channels with my DirecTV subscription. My two favorite channels, hands down, were Beyond Jazz, and Fine Tuning, both with an unheard of array of variety. Sirius XM has offered no acceptable substitute for those channels that I can see. Indeed, it seems as if they are moving back to broadcasting rather than progressing into narrowcasting. I don't see a barrier to having more focused channels, and I think that internet radio (or something that has not yet appeared on the scene) will step up and take the place of satellite radio–which if it isn't competitive will go the way of the 8-track.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  247. Chris

    The XM/Siruis website claims that if you liked XM's Beyond Jazz then you should listen to the Sirius Real Jazz and Watercolors channels. What a joke! There's no way that either of these channels come close to playing what Beyond Jazz featured. My subscription will not be renewed.

    XM/Sirius – RIP!

    November 13, 2008 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  248. nancy

    i am an xm radio listener. i was surprised yesterday with the changes, but the one that i love is that i can now listen to e street radio at WORK!!! i get to bring the boss to my boss. talk about heaven!!! thank you for bringing me the wonderful music that is called e street radio.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  249. Dan

    For those of you who were surprised that your channels changed – you must have missed the e-mail that Sirius sent out fully explaining what was moving or changing. That said, most of the music changes sound like good options, but yes, they are different.

    One change in particular upset me and my kids. Sirius Kids Stuff turned into some Kids Play Live channel with DJs and kids calling in between songs. Hold the phone morons! My kids are 3 and 4 and don't care to listen to other kids yaping about social studies quizes. We listened for the music that kept them at peace in the car. Please, or please Sirius XM take the talking heads off the kids channel. Big mistake.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  250. Rickyman

    Very happy with the merger! As an avid music fan, Sirius really re-energized me and opened my eyes to many artists I didn't previously know about. I know XM subscribers are upset, but the fact of the matter is that this merger will expand what we have available to us. Couldn't be happier, and can't wait to test drive some of the XM channels that have come over. Hey now!

    November 13, 2008 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Bart

    I'd like to second the comments about the useless DJ's. I listen mostly to the classical stations, where the DJ's do triple back flips trying to impress us with their knowledge of classical music. So they foppishly ramble on and on about the composer's age, how this piece reflects his exposure to some other composer, how much they love this piece, what wine a person should have while listening to this piece, etc. Please, oh please, just shut up and play the music. Everything Mozart had to say to the world he said through music. If the DJ feels the need to explain the piece to us, he's saying only that he doesn't think Mozart did a good enough job.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  252. Tony

    I have had Sirius in my car for two years, while my cable system offers XM music channels.
    The 70's channel on XM was MUCH better than Sirius 70's on 7.
    Please, somebody can Greg Williams, he is TERRIBLE!
    The variety on the XM 70's channel was much better. Sirius overplays Tony Orlando and Dawn, and has a much smaller playlist overall.
    Also, I enjoy the occassional tv theme song on XM. Sirius seems too cheap to buy the real thing, so they make pretty lame parodies.
    Overall, the combining can be good. But improve the quality (don't reduce it by keeping Sirius stations when the XM (70's) were better) and don't shaft your current Sirius listeners buy charging outrageous prices just to pick up a few XM stations. Why not reward your loyal listeners this year, then raise your prices when we have renewal time again?

    November 13, 2008 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  253. Christy

    I am an XM subscriber and yes, I lost some stations I enjoyed but gained some new ones. As a matter of fact – I bought a car that came with Sirius but kept my trusty XM Roady. With the merger, the lineups on each are so close that I am able to get rid of all the wires & antennas and now listen to it on the radio in my dashboard. I am loving it!

    November 13, 2008 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  254. Jayleigh

    Been a Sirius subscriber since June 2005. All I listen too now is NFL radio and Howard Stern. Even with those I am on the fence every three months.

    The Music on Sirius has declined over the last 6 months. I always had criticism, but I often find myself aimlessly looking for music to listen too and cannot find any. I am not picky, I listen to country, rap and mostly rock. But often there is nothing I care to listen to. Also I noticed the playlist has been drastically reduced to where they shove the same crap down my throat on as many channels as they can.

    I love the Stern show...but when the NFL season is over I am cancelling and saving $13 a month. Even with Sirius, I use my I-phone when I want to listen to music.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  255. Bill

    Been Sirius subscrber for almost 3 years (thanks, Howard!). I generally think it's great. Just try going back to terrestrial radio! It's awful! However, a little upset about removing the "regular" Blues channel. The DJs (mostly) are informative and do add interesting tidbits.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  256. Colby

    I have been a Sirius subscriber for over four years. I was also very disappointed yesterday to find two of my favorite channels gone (Boombox and Backspin). What was replaced and suppose to be similiar is nothing like the old programming! I am going to give the other channels a chance, but I am unsure about it at this time. Will I cancel? No. Is it going to take time to get used to? Yes. Did I answer the questionare Sirius sent out? Yes, but some of my channels are still gone. Thank God for Howard Stern!

    November 13, 2008 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  257. Roadhead Rules

    I am a Sirius subscriber and wish the government did not make this merger take so long. Remember these companies were drained as this was the longest merger in the history of America. I do like some of the new stations but I am upset my favorite show the Covino and Rich Show on Maxim Radio is changing time and losing an hour. If anything they should be gaining an hour.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  258. Dave

    I would also like to add that Sirius XM should not have Dee Jay's on their music channels for true uninterrupted, commerical-free music! The display on my receiver shows me the artist and song titles! There's no need to have to listen to unwanted chatter! If I wanted that, I'd just list to FM!

    November 13, 2008 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Bob B

    I enjoy my sirius xm radio and listen to it nearly every day. The Elvis channel and the old rock and roll stations they have are unique and impossible to find on any AM/FM stations in my area. I do miss Matt the Cat who was an exceptional personality on the 50's channel. I don't understand why he didn't make the transition over.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  260. george m

    not very happy with the new channels and new sound,diappoited by not being informed about the changeover

    November 13, 2008 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  261. Dave

    The merger hasn't really affected me too much because I spend nearly 95% of my listening time with Howard Stern. Here's to hoping he signs a new contract for another 5 years in 2010!

    I was saddened to see the loss of "Boombox" and I hope it finds a new life on another channel. The mashups were the best!

    To those who find it ridiculous that people spend money for radio:
    Give satellite a chance! You've paid for cable/satellite television for years outside of having free network tv! This is much of the same! I've never had to listen to regular terrestrial radio again!

    November 13, 2008 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  262. Ian

    Love the merger. More sports options now than before. I have actually had the experience of using both SIRUS and XM for extended amounts of time. For those who are complaining...you are lazy. Take a look at the NEW SIRIUS Channel Lineup and you will find the same stations with a different name.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  263. Chris

    I've been a Sirius subscriber for three years and I'm very disappointed with the change in programming. I was very upset yesterday morning when I got in my car and couldn't find three of my top five channels. Sirius and XM should have polled their customers to find out what the top favorite stations were and then they could have KEPT THEM! In particular, I'm outraged that Sirius no longer has The Beat. I was told by a customer service rep that channels 36, 38 & 39 were similar but they are NOT! I'm giving serious thought to cancelling my subscription!

    November 13, 2008 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  264. DC

    I'm happy with the merger but disappointed about the loss of some of my favorites.
    I wish Sirius XM would make my listening experience perfect by dropping DJ's (except for celebrity DJ's) altogether on their music channels. My display does their job by showing me the artist and song title. I don't need any other interruption! Commercial-free music was a great start. Let the DJ's find work on terrestrial radio!

    November 13, 2008 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  265. Bob S

    I've hated Sirius since I had it installed. Nothing what I thought it would be. My biggest complaint: 10,000 commercials every 5 minutes! I can get that on my local – free – car radio! I'll not renew this. Are you listening Sirius?

    November 13, 2008 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  266. April

    I love XM and the merger hasn't bothered me. I didn't lose any channels that I listen to. I like not having to change channels because I am too far from a tower. I don't like the IPOD because it's the same thing over and over again. At least with satellite radio, there are always options!!! I LOVE IT! I like the new line up of channels too!

    November 13, 2008 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Richard Jerome

    Sirius you SUCK. Bring back Boombox!

    November 13, 2008 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  268. Bill

    I agree with both above, the stations they kept were too middle of the raod, and the station that I switched to XM for and kept me on XM – XM82 – The System is now gone, replaced with a Sirius station that is a bad knockoff of XM 81 – BPM.

    Unless that changes, i have no reason to keep the service. I've already since the switch, have gone back to CD's in the truck. Why keep a service you can't listen too.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Cay

    Sorry meant to say am also considering cancelling subscription as well

    November 13, 2008 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  270. thetallcool1

    Wow......what a lot of griping over getting twice as much for the same price. I was an XM subscriber simply because Howard Stern was on Sirius, but now that he is on my radio, I am not going to cancel. You have to pay extra to listen to him, and I wouldn't listen to him for free, so it's a moot point to me. I listened to my local terrestrial stations last week, and I thought I would lose my mind. The same 4 or 5 bands played continuously, no matter what station I put on. XM DID communicate the upcoming changes on their website, but they did stop short of sending a rep to every subscriber's home to sit down with them and discuss the changes. So maybe some of your stations changed slightly, or disappeared altogether. Some of mine did too. It is still more music, talk, news, and entertainment than you will EVER get from a local free station, no matter where you live. So quit threatening to cancel, hoping to extort XM-SIRIUS into giving you a few months for free, and enjoy what you have.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  271. Robert

    The takeover of XM by Sirius has left me with several of my channels either gone or significantly changed. The one station I listened to most (Beyond Jazz) is gone. They can progarm a dozen kinds of hip-hop, but either straight ahead jazz or smooth jazz seems to be enough for them. The great thing about XM was that you could hear stuff that wasn't available on terrestrial radio. Why would I want to pay for what I can hear for free now?

    Goodbye Sirius/XM.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  272. Jeff M

    We should have been allowed to vote or been given a survey to get our opinion as to what channels go, what channels stay, and what channels merge. I know money talks, but my money my be walking. I don't like hunting for my DJ.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  273. David B.

    You can't be Sirius .. One of the draws i had to Sirius radio was fewer or no commercials. If you listen to NFL or Blue Comedy stations there are a lot of commercials. It's more annoying that regular radio because they try to read off their toll fre number as many times as possible in their period of time.
    As for NFL, Shine and Riggens are clearly the two best especially when they have real guest as oppose to taking calls from listeners who think they are experts.
    Keep it up Riggo!

    November 13, 2008 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  274. Jimmy B.

    I just called and canceled my XM subscription today. I tried canceling a couple weeks ago when they got rid of Fungus 53, but they assured me it would be back. Instead they replace it with a "skater, snowboarding, skiing" channel that, as Heather said, seems to play more to the middle of the road. It covers hip-hop, metal, & punk instead of focusing on one type of music.

    I realize Fungus 53 probably had a small targeted audience (and so did some of their other stations), but that's what I liked about XM. Their stations were very focused and you could know what to expect.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  275. Cay

    I am an XM subscriber and was not notified of the merger as well. had no idea until i got into my vechicle and say SIrus. my old channel is gone and i dont know what the Sirus menu is? Will i recieve any information in the mail such as what channels or what? am considering as well.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  276. John

    Are you kidding me? As an XM subscriber, I had access to MLB and the NHL. Now I have access to the NBA and the NFL if I want it. With all the sports radio channels as well, I will be happy as long as there is no price increase.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  277. Denise

    Not happy about the merger. I've had XM Radio for quite a few years now and some of these new stations are not to my liking. I will continue to listen to SirusXM only becuase i do not like hearing commericals while driving. Hopefully SirusXm will step up to the plate for the old listeners.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  278. Holmes

    I agree...I am not happy at all with the merger or the selection of stations. I only continued my subscription (with the purchase of my GM) car for one old school hip-hop station that reminded me of what I listened to in high school. A bit more female and community friendly and now the station is gone. Will NOT renew and may cancel before my renewal date.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  279. honeybz8

    Foreign "family" or "childrens" films are often overlooked as options. Animated versions of "Le Petite Prince" or the Triplets of Belleville. Yes there is the language barrier, but they are smart, and thought provoking and incredibly beautiful, and most have subtitles anyway.

    November 13, 2008 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  280. Nedley Mandingo

    The fact that Bubba did not re-sign will force me to cancel my subscription anyway!!!

    November 13, 2008 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  281. Ian

    Having had XM since 12/2001, right after the post-poned national launch (originally schedled for 9/12). I have seen XM go through many changes. The newest changes are sad for me....the majority of the rock channels are now the former Sirius channels. Unfortunately, IMO, the playlists on Sirius are much more shallow, which means less variety of artists and songs, and more repeats. At first, it's OK, but after a few days, if feels like FM without the commercials. They also axed Beyond Jazz and Fine Tuning, two of the better-programmed XM channels. What a loss. This shows that Mel only wanted XM for its subscribers and some of its programming. This was not a merger. Sirius is gutting XM like a fish. Very sad...

    November 13, 2008 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  282. Pamela R

    Not happy with the merger. Disappointed that no notice was given and miss my other channels. The "City, The Suite & Chrome are not capatible to what is on Sirius. Very disappointed and am considering cancelling subscription.

    November 13, 2008 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  283. Heather

    My husband & I have had Sirius since Howard Stern came on. Now Howard is the only thing that is even keeping me on the fence about not cancelling.

    The thing I liked about Sirius is that it provided unique channels that played music you couldn't hear on regular radio. Now it seems like most of the channels they've decided to keep are exactly the kind of stuff I can hear on my regular local FM radio for free.

    They're playing to the middle of the road, just like any of the other FM radio conglomerates out there.

    November 13, 2008 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |

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