After what seems like forever, the merger of satellite radio providers Sirius and XM has finally been approved by the last group that needed to bless it–the FCC.
By a vote of 3 to 2, the FCC agreed to the merger after Sirius and XM agreed to pay a $19.7 million fine for violating FCC regulations for the and-based signal repeaters the companies use to operate.
Looks like all the lobbying by land-based radio companies against the merger didn’t make enough of a difference.
Both companies have promised that within three months of the deal they would allow listeners to pay only for the channels they want.
BlackBerry users who also like XM Satellite Radio service have a new reason to be happy today.
XM has announced that it is teaming up with QuickPlay Media to deliver “20 exclusive XM channels of commercial-free music and 24-hour comedy programming for just $7.99 per month with an option for a complimentary 24-hour trial.”
The BlackBerry devices that will support the service are the 8800, 8700, Pearl and Curve, just make sure you have Blackberry Device Software 4.2 or higher.
You’ll need to install an application first before you can use the service which you can find at http://www.xmradio.com/bb or text “XM” to 47201 and click on the download link that’s send to you.
You can check out the full press release here if you’re interested.