Friday, February 26, 2010

ContentBuzz: Sirius XM Posts Profit, Its First Since Merger

Yes, recovered from near bankruptcy, but still dealing with a bankrupt business model. Subscription satellite radio is dead in the face of subscription Web radio services such as Pandora and Last.fm. You have to literally go 22,000 miles into outer space to try to find technology rare enough to think if a "walled garden" that can compete with mobile Web delivery. That's not to say that there aren't good uses for satellite broadcast services. I'd suggest that Sirius - or whoever gets access to its frequencies - consider real-time broadcast services that complement the Web content that more and more people can get in their mobile devices, perhaps providing data, video and music downloads that would otherwise be too data-intensive for mobile networks. Or, who's to say, perhaps, print-on-demand subscription newspapers.

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