This column was originally published on RealMoney on Nov. 3 at 9:40 a.m. EST. It's being republished as a bonus for TheStreet.com readers.

Opportunity soon will not be knocking at two properties:

Electronic Arts

( ERTS) and

XM Satellite Radio

( XMSR). Both, after disastrous years, are coming back. Both will have easy comparisons next year.

Electronic Arts is done going down, having made the numbers and then some. The company at last will have smooth sailing when the gaming hardware platforms from Nintendo (Wii) and

Sony

(SNE) - Get Report

(PlayStation3) ship. The fact that it had a good quarter ahead of that is amazing, given how little hardware there is now.

XM has reduced expectations to where they can be beaten. That stock's done going down.

I thought that

Viacom

(VIA.B)

should have made a move against Electronic Arts to get fresh programming, more ad space for younger people via in-game ads and a good online move.

Sirius

(SIRI) - Get Report

needs XM to stop competing. It's killed them both.

The key thing for both potential acquirers is to get deals done before the prices go up. That didn't happen. Soon it will be too late, and the best opportunities for both companies to grow will be squandered.

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