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Not Like Dish/DirecTV

Many camps, including NAB, have made reference to the failed Dish Network/DirecTV merger as evidence that the FCC would not approve a satellite radio deal.
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Many camps, including NAB, have made reference to the failed Dish Network/DirecTV merger as evidence that the FCC would not approve a satellite radio deal.

Karmazin said this proposal is different.

In video, 90% of the population is getting their video from pay services, not over the air, he said. In this case, meaning radio, "90% are getting it free over-the-air." That's a restraint on satellite radio being able to raise prices - something he's confident the Justice Department would realize when looking at sat radio competitors, he said.

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The Basic Arguments

To begin the satellite hearing, Conyers asked, “If we are going to define the market as broadly as the merger supporters advocate, what kind of precedents are we setting?” He wondered how consumers who already have satellite radio equipment would be affected if the merger is approved. The FCC and Justice Department must review the proposal.