Radio Broadcasters Attack Free Satellite Trials
from the silliness-pervades dept
The satellite radio industry's come under some fire from several sides lately, getting hit by the music industry for having devices that let users record programming, and investigated by the FCC for having FM transmitters in them that are too strong. Its longest-running battle, though, is with terrestrial broadcasters, who have been complaining to whoever will listen about XM and Sirius for many years. Their latest complaint is particularly silly, and has them crying to the FCC about all the different ways a non-subscriber can be exposed to satellite radio broadcasts, whether it's in a rental car from a company that subscribes, or on a free trial with satellite equipment delivered in a new car, or from somebody else's overly strong FM transmitter. They make it even sweeter, though, by framing it as an issue of decency, the FCC chairman's pet project. The trade group that filed the complaint isn't concerned about profane broadcasts, it's just the latest idea they've had to try and stall satellite radio. The satellite radio business has its own problems to deal with, and is operating within the constraints imposed on it by regulatory bodies. With that in mind, terrestrial broadcasters' energy would be better spent on figuring out how to compete in the marketplace, rather than continuing their fruitless battle to get more legal restrictions imposed on its younger competitor.