NAB-Commissioned Study Shows "Ping-Pong" XM-Sirius Competition
October 26, 2007 at 10:44 AM (PT)
A study commissioned by the NAB from THE CARMEL GROUP uses another "ping-pong" chart to show that SIRIUS and XM directly compete with each other. The study, a follow-up to an APRIL report by THE CARMEL GROUP, shows competitive actions and reactions between the companies and how each service has competed for exclusive programming and auto deals. The study asserts that "without this continued competition, consumers will not be able to obtain substitutable competition from competitors within the all-important vehicle; and importantly, choice, competitive pricing restraints and service will undoubtedly -- and significantly -- suffer."
NAB EVP DENNIS WHARTON said, "Contrasting XM and SIRIUS's history of competitive behavior with their track record of abusing FCC rules, the central question remains: Should two fierce competitors with a demonstrable record of FCC rule-breaking be rewarded with monopoly power? We -- along with consumer groups, minority organizations, antitrust experts and more than 80 members of Congress -- think the answer is no."
Read the entire study by clicking here. (An earlier link provided by the NAB led to the APRIL study)