Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/07/24/xm_sirius_a_la_carte/

XM and Sirius propose a la carte options

But only if they're allowed to merge

By Austin Modine

Posted in Media, 24th July 2007 04:44 GMT

XM and Sirius are dangling a new carrot in front of the Federal Communications Commission in order to get the green light to merge. The satellite radio companies say they will offer a la carte packages of their lineups if the antitrust regulators look the other way.

Okay, so maybe it will be a monopoly — but damned if they aren't trying to make that bitter little economic pill easier to swallow. Maybe even enough to rationalize a Hotelling's law kind of scenario.

The proposed plan comes in a couple of flavors:

The companies also proposed a "Mostly Music" package that contains approximately 65 music stations (plus one religious station and one emergency and weather station) for $10/month. Also proposed; a "News, Sports & Talk" option that contains 60 stations of...well... Both options will be available to customers using current equipment as well.

You can grab a PDF of the proposed lineup for Sirius here and for XM here.

On Tuesday, XM and Sirius will file their joint reply comments with the FCC which will include the new pricing plan. Many in the government have been sweet on a la carte pricing for media providers, and such a move may finally tip them in merger's favor. ®