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Annoying

Hypocrisy of Howard

I’ve been listening to since he came to San Diego, with a short hiatus when I relocated to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, until he became available on satellite. I have really enjoyed all these years, but it is becoming increasingly hard to put up with the increasingly formulaic show.

Lately I have noticed more and more that Howard has become a huge hypocrite, and doesn’t use the same standards on himself as he uses on other… For example On December 6th he talks on how great the whole full disclosure campaign that wikileaks is imposing on the worlds governments and corporations, and how the people have the right to know what goes on in confidence, but when the CFO of Sirius discusses what may or may not happen with Howard’s contract negotiations, the CFO is vilified for an hour. What I want to know is why is Howard’s confidentiality is more sacred then everyone else’s. I would also like to know what happened to the shows of the first couple years that would go on for 5+ hours, now it’s 3 very structured blocks of roughly an hour, followed by roughly an hour of robins news and out the door right around 10:30, and let’s not forget about the commercials… Didn’t we used to hear that the show wasn’t dependent on commercials, but it seems we hear a lot more “we have to go to commercial”, which is 10 minutes every hour, including bumpers…

When the time comes in January to renew my annual contract with Sirius, I’m probably going to pass on another year of price increases… The programming on the music channels is sounding more and more like the terrestrial garbage, that I came to satellite to get away from… Then there’s all those “promises” that were made during the merger, unified receivers with unified programming, and MLB on Sirius and NFL on XM, which also doesn’t seem to be happening, since sirius recently renewed the contract with the NFL but nothing has been said about it’s availability on the XM receivers.

I think I’m just done with them, and I’ll go with iTunes content…

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Music Satellite

Sirius Purge

I have had enough of Sirius XM, and I started the purge today, by shutting off the first of my radios, and will continue to drop the other 3 as they approach renewal, with the last being the one in my truck which expires 2/1/2011.

I am thoroughly convinced these guys running Sirius have no clue on what is going around them. I don’t think they understand how much they industry has changed in the past few years, or how much it will change in the coming years. They need to get away for the hardware, something they do badly, and concentrate on the content. All the cross promotion needs to go away, I could care less what’s on the elvis channel, and I could care even less about what Richard Blade did last night or what pathetic mundane problem is ruining Madison’s life today, shut up and play music.

I bought Sirius for one thing and one thing only, Howard Stern… I was perfectly happy with what XM was playing in my  truck on the way to and from work, and when I got to work I wanted to listen to Howard, but even Howard is starting to bore me, it almost seems formulaic, all the spontaneity seems going,  and I am even more pissed when it appears that Howard killed  the availability of 100 and 101 from the iPhone app, he claims to be a company guy, yeah right… I feel that Howard will continue broadcasting, but not on Sirius, but some other method of delivery, and thats where I’ll probably end up…

The other thing is where are all the cost savings, the converged content, the improved capabilities that were promised from the merger, look at all the new hardware, it all appears to be XM branded, only working on XM, and you have to add the Best of sirius…

Going forward I am going to start taking the money I would have spent on Sirius, and continue to grow my iTunes Library, so that in a year I’ll have what I want to listen to when I want to listen to it without being annoyed by silly top 40 radio tactics…

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Annoying iPhone Satellite

Sirius iPhone App FAIL 2.0

I’m wondering as a Sirius customer, and a stock holder, does the management of Sirius really understand their customers? I am thinking the answer there is no. No one I know wants to hear freaking DJ’s babble on about their wedding DJ business, or how they can’t find the right man. That’s what terrestrial radio is for, and sirius is in the process of turning sattelite radio into exactly that, how long before we hear “be the 72nd caller and win a Sirius suprise pack”…

They could have turned this into a win win for everyone…

I tried to give the iPhone app another go, but in typical fashion they throw a wrench in the works… Thats all I want is to have to tell a stupid app I want to continue listening…

As far a the omission of howard goes, I think Macenstein nailed it on the head, basically says it is howard’s fault, and since howard said nothing about the app on Thursday’s show I tend to agree, I wonder if there will be any mention on Monday…

P.S. Would somebody at SIRIUS freaking FIRE Richard Blade…. I am so tired of hearing about his freaking DJ business , save it for FM you DORK….

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Annoying iPhone Satellite

Why No iPhone App Mention On Howard

So after listening to Howard, and the wrapup show, and no mention of the sirius iPhone app whatsoever…
Now go back about 6 months when the starplayr app was in beta, and the excitement from Howard and how great it would be for Sirius bla bla huge potential for more subscribers bla bla…
So what is the change…
Was it Howard’s greed getting in the way…
If I could only stomach O&A…

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Satellite

Mel’s All Heart…

Sorry been busy, way behind, but this from OrbitCast has been bouncing around my brain for the past couple weeks…

Mel Karmazin forfeits 30 million in stock options

Lets see Mel had 30 Million options valued at $4.72 a share, SIRI is now trading at 34 Cents a share. As I understand it (from past option transactions) Mel has given up the right to purchase more  stock, for $4.38 more then its current value, how generous can you get…

Is this some lame ass PR move to make it look like Mel cares…. The official story from the 8-K filing “Mr. Karmazin’s choice to forfeit these options will allow us to more efficiently use the shares authorized under the Plan to meet the Plan’s purpose to attract, motivate and retain key employees.”  Maybe Mel is one of those “Key” employees that Sirius wants to retain, now if he gets a bunch of these options back at 40 cents after any waiting period required by the I am going to be pissed….

Yes I own SIRI, it is pain full…