Thursday, March 15, 2007

NAB's Rehr Flip-Flops: Satellite Radio NOT Competition

via www.orbitcast.com

NAB president David Rehr has so vehemently opposed the XM-Sirius merger to such a level that it has helped solidify the point to some lawmakers that satellite radio and terrestrial radio directly compete.
Well, now it seems that Rehr is trying to do some damage control. He has written a letter to Congressman John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Antitrust Task Force, to help clarify his points.
And amazingly enough, David Rehr is now stating that satellite radio is not in the same market as terrestrial radio is. Somehow, miraculously, satellite only competes "one way" with terrestrial radio. It's a fabulous attempt to backpedal, especially since many of the NAB's members have already declared satellite radio as a competitive threat in their own SEC filings (which constitute admissions made under the law).
Rehr also goes on to say that iPods, Internet Radio and Cell Phone Music services don't compete either, because they don't have comparable sound quality, aren't conveniently accessed in vehicles.
It's truly an amazing attempt at damage control, but you have to hand it to Rehr... he's a fighter.
[View Full Letter (PDF)] ...read more: here

3/15/2007 06:13:00 AM

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