(Sirius XM-Howard Stern poll results updated for Stern's latest job prospects.)NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- This past week, we asked readers of TheStreet whether they felt it was necessary for Sirius XM to re-sign Howard Stern -- at all costs -- and the result was rather surprising. But before we get to those final results, let's take a look at some recent Sirius XM developments -- including an update on what he actually feels about the terrestrial radio offers he's gotten -- plus his very latest possible job offer -- as his five-year, $500 million contract with Sirius XM is set to expire at the end of 2010. Last week, Stern reportedly said, "I actually have an offer. Well, not a bona fide offer, but people have been making them." This week, he aired his thoughts on these offers. On Thursday, Sirius XM said that it is set to broadcast Super Bowl XLIV in 10 different languages and 14 different live broadcasts -- and live talk programming from South Florida all throughout Super Bowl Week. During Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 7, Sirius XM will air an expanded lineup of live play-by-play broadcasts of the Super Bowl from Sun Life Stadium in South Florida. Meanwhile, a few weeks ago, Sirius XM announced that it added more than 257,000 net subscribers in the fourth quarter, bringing the total number of Sirius XM subscribers to more than 18.7 million at year's end. This came with the announcement that the company expects to report more than $100 million of free cash flow for 2009, an extraordinary improvement over the pro forma negative free cash flow of $552 million that the company experienced in 2008. After the cash-flow announcement, both Wunderlich Securities and Lazard Capital initiated coverage of the stock with a buy rating and $1 price target. Forbes said Sirius XM got call option buyers excited Friday; the report said investors bought at least 1,400 calls at the February $1 strike price for an average premium of 5 cents per contract. Sirius shares rose to a 52-week high Friday, ending the day at 84 cents, up 3.1%. The stock has risen more than 601% since Feb. 2, 2009.
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