This excerpt taken from the SIRI 10-K filed Mar 10, 2009.
Transactions between SIRIUS, XM Holdings and XM
SIRIUS and XM have begun to integrate their operations, and have agreed to share the costs of certain day-to-day functions. For example, XM transferred its employees to SIRIUS, and SIRIUS, in turn, has agreed to provide various services to both companies necessary to support their business, such as product development, sales, marketing, finance, accounting, information technology, programming, human resources, public relations, investor relations, legal and other general management services. XM and SIRIUS will share equally the costs of these employees. SIRIUS and XM have also agreed to share programming and rationalize their channel line-ups, and to share equally the costs of certain programming that appears on both platforms. In addition, SIRIUS and XM have agreed to jointly market radios and coordinate rebate, warranty and customer support programs to subscribers who purchase radios at retail or via their websites. In general, SIRIUS and XM share equally the costs of this marketing and sales coordination.
SIRIUS and XM have also begun to seek opportunities to jointly increase revenues. SIRIUS and XM have agreed to offer their respective subscribers programming packages that include best of programming from the other service. Each of SIRIUS and XM retain all the respective revenue generated from their respective best of programming packages.
XM Holdings and XM are operated as unrestricted subsidiaries under the agreements governing SIRIUS existing debt. As unrestricted subsidiaries, transactions among the companies are required to comply with various contractual provisions in our respective debt instruments. The agreements between XM and SIRIUS are intended to permit both companies to share in
the benefits of the inter-company arrangements in approximately equal proportion. The terms of the agreements between XM and SIRIUS are intended to be no more favorable to one company or the other than those that could be obtained at the time in an arms-length dealing with a firm or person that was not affiliated.
Certain operations, such as our call centers, have not yet been integrated in any significant respect. SIRIUS and XM expect to enter into additional arrangements as they continue to integrate their operations and pursue opportunities to realize cost savings and increase revenues.