NAB's Rehr Rips XM-Sirius Programming Promises
July 26, 2007 at 8:33 AM (PT)
XM and SIRIUS' pledges to allow some form of "a la carte" or tiered programming have prompted NAB Pres./CEO DAVID K. REHR to write to FCC Chairman KEVIN MARTIN, calling the move "nothing more than a shameless attempt to curry the favor of government regulators."
"(Y)ou can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear," wrote REHR in a letter sent late WEDNESDAY to MARTIN. "No matter what promises SIRIUS and XM may offer, they are not sufficient to overcome the resulting harms to consumers when a monopoly is created by the Commission. In addition, XM and SIRIUS' track record at the Commission shows that such promises are hollow because in pursuit of their own self-interest, XM and SIRIUS are willing to bend the law and reinterpret any promises to suit themselves instead of the American public."
REHR adds that "none of these new offerings and prices is guaranteed for any period of time. SIRIUS and XM are asking the Commission and consumers to take them at their word, which, based on their decade-long broken promise to develop a consumer-friendly interoperable receiver and other rules violations, would probably be a big mistake."
Read the whole letter by clicking here.