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Beck gets Sirius

Musician Beck is to take over the Left of Center channel on Sirius XM Radio for the entire weekend beginning Friday, October 10.

Radio Beck will premiere on Friday, October 10 at 3pm ET and will air through Sunday, October 12, coinciding with the US release of Beck’s current album ‘Modern Guilt’.

Fans will get to hear Beck’s favourite artists and some Beck tracks. Sirius listeners will hear a live recording of Beck’s performance at the Austin City Limits Festival from September 27, 2008.

The (now merged) satellite radio channels have engaged in similar set-ups in the past, with the likes of Howard Stern, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Jimmy Buffett, Elvis, Jamie Foxx, Barbara Walters.

Sirius XM builds iPhone radio app

Newly-merged satellite radio firm Sirius XM is developing an application that will allow iPhone users to listen to the company’s radio transmissions.

As explained by leading US satellite radio website, Orbitcast, the solution is being developed as part of the StreamSmart project.

The StreamSmart project is dedicated to creating a platform for playing content from Sirius XM on a range of devices, including the iPhone. As a general purpose it resonates with the BBC’s plan for ubiquitous device-agnostic future broadcasting through iPlayer.
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Sirius completes XM Radio purchase

Sirius Satellite Radio said today that is has completed its purchase of XM Satellite Rario to form a new combined company.

The news follows last week’s approval of the merger of the two firms following an extensive period of government scrutiny of the deal, ending when the US FCC gave the deal the go-ahead last week.

The new company will be named Sirius XM Radio, and will have more than 18.5 million subscribers, making it the second-largest radio company, based upon revenue, in the country; and, based upon subscribers, the second largest subscription media business in the US.
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Sirius-XM merger gets go-ahead

Regulators have given the green light to the merger of the only two satellite radio operators in the US, Sirius Satellite Radio’s buyout of XM Satellite Radio Holdings has been given the go-ahead.
The move means over 18 million subscribers will be able to receive programming from both services. The buyout’s cost was about $3.5 billion. Executives say it will mean huge cost savings that will lead to the first profits for the relatively nascent industry.
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 to approve the buyout. The winning vote came when the companies agreed to pay $19.7 million to the federal Treasury to settle F.C.C. rule violations.