So now the dust has settled and Sirius has merged. Where has the average Sirius customer found themselves?
- The once free internet feed with a subscription is no longer. You must pay for the higher quality stream now. Of course many people point out that packaging advertised the free internet stream as a way to listen when you were out of Satellite range.
- That whole promise of getting Baseball and Hockey? Not so much. Sirius claimed they couldn’t just add the channels from XM to Sirius. So you could pay for the best of XM. Of course that didn’t come with Baseball or Hockey games, just the NHL and MLB Channels which don’t broadcast games. A few weeks later they somehow managed to combine all the Sirius and XM music channels and broadcast them to both.
- Now Sirius is adding a Licensing fee. This is something that Sirius had paid itself previously. It seems like nothing more then a way to raise rates while getting around their promise to freeze rates. Pretty much if you want the same service that you got before the merger you now have to pay two more fees on top of the rate you paid.
- Extra charges for multiple subscriptions. Previously your 2nd sub only cost 6.99 and it now costs 8.99.
So where is the FCC? The same FCC that held up the merger for over a year because it was worried about a monoploy. Where are all the represenatives that complained about Sirius during this time? While the customers are getting gouged and getting rate increases in everything but name, they are silent. Its obvious that Sirius has broken its agreement not to raise rates. Just because of a technicality it should be allowed to dance all over the corpse of that agreement?
Apparently if you bribe the government to fight competition, government will fight for you. But when your the average citizen expecting to be protected from big companies, your fucked.