Thursday, August 31, 2006

Ki Ryung Receives 4 Re-Certification Grants

On August 31, 2006, Ki Ryung received four re-certifications. One was for the Sportster 3 re-certification (FCC ID P3HNSPH3) that was earlier either withdrawn by Ki Ryung or dismissed by the FCC. Three other radios were also re-certified: the Sportster, the Visor, and the Sirius One (FCC IDs P3HNSPHR1, P3HNXTRH3, and P3HNSVH1G3S) . I incorrectly reported before that all four of these had previously been certified on August 09, 2006. The Sportster 3 is the only one that was had been previously re-certified then. This time around it was the older Sportster and Visor that were re-certified, plus the newer Sirius One. The Sportster was originally certified on August 08, 2004; the Visor, June 10, 2005; and the newer Sirius One, February 13, 2006.

The ones certified on August 09, 2006, were the Sportster 3 (FCC ID P3HSP3), the Sportster Replay (P3HNSPHR2), the newer Visor (P3HXTRH3G3S), and the older Sirius One (P3HNSVH1).

If I am following Ki Ryung's numbering correctly, they are distinguishing the previous generation of radio from the third generation by the "G3S" designation, at least for some of their radios. All the radios on August 31, 2006, had an "N" after the PH3. Previous re-certifications had a second "H" in the number. The "H" and "N" likely represent particular modifications to the FM modulator circuit.

It's a mystery why they might re-certify an older generation radio, but perhaps one or the other is for the Canadian market. Perhaps there was something wrong with the original certification documentation that had to be corrected.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Wistron NeWeb Complies with FCC's Request

On August 28, 2006, Wistron NeWeb updated the internal and external photographs, test setup, and test report for the the recently re-certified StarMate radio, complying with the FCC's request for additional information.

The newly re-certified StarMate appears to use the same technique that XM was using just prior to the FCC investigation into the compliance issues. However, the TCB did not go through the extensive testing that the FCC required of XM on its most recent certification grant. Previous, the FCC clarified the testing procedure. The clarification to XM came after the TCB received the radio from Sirius for testing. There is still the possibility that the FCC could reject the StarMate re-certification.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Verizon to Horizon

The FCC consented to Verizon's application to assign its 8 WCS licenses to Horizon Wi-Com, owned by Rajendra Singh. Mr. Singh was a recent principal in two Commission licensees, Teligent and Mobile Satellite Ventures. The public notice will be issued tomorrow. The licenses to be transferred are listed below:

The WCS licenses are located on either side of the satellite radio band and are of great interest to the satellite radio providers. The WCS licenses holders have until July 2007 to build out their systems; otherwise, they risk losing their licenses. They have requested an extension to the build out date. Both Sirius and XM have opposed this extension.



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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Zune Receives Certification

Last Thursday, Toshiba received certification for the Zune, at least that is what it appears to be. It appears to have WiFi, a 30 GB HDD, an FM tuner, and a USB port. One can read the preliminary manual here. The internal photos do not indicate satellite radio. However, it does not preclude the possibility of accessing XM or Sirius via WiFi.

As mentioned elsewhere, it has social capabilities. The User may "DJ" streams to up to 4 other users.

The image on the left is from the FCC filing. The one on the right is from Orbitcast. They are strikingly similar, so it is most likely the Zune. The one from the filing is obviously not a finished product.





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Friday, August 25, 2006

Patent Application for Tiered Satellite Radio Service

A tiered satellite radio service is not a new idea. There are a couple of other patent applications in recent times with similar ideas. It is a viable option to attract the masses. Most people like the idea of satellite radio but a large number refuse to pay for the service--that is until they are exposed to it. It is an idea worthy of debate. The following application was published this past Thursday:


United States Patent Application 20060190970
Kind Code A1
Hellman; Martin E. August 24, 2006

Security enhanced tiered subscription broadcast system

Abstract

A broadcast system is disclosed that allows a broadcaster to provide multiple levels of subscription services. Subscribers have the option of listening to fewer (or no) commercials if they pay a higher fee, or listening to more commercials if they pay a lower (or no) fee. Commercials can be demographically targeted, cannot be skipped, and can be audited for billing purposes.


Inventors: Hellman; Martin E.; (Stanford, CA)
Correspondence Name and Address:
    Martin E. Hellman
730 Alvarado Ct
Stanford
CA
94305
US
Serial No.: 305097
Series Code: 11
Filed: December 16, 2005

U.S. Current Class: 725/75; 725/2; 725/25; 725/74
U.S. Class at Publication: 725/075; 725/025; 725/002; 725/074
Intern'l Class: H04N 7/18 20060101 H04N007/18; H04N 7/16 20060101 H04N007/16



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XM Receives New Re-certifications

Today, XM received re-certification grants for the Sportscaster and the Roady XT on behalf of the FCC. The AudioVox was cleared as well. The testing was extensive as seen in the four testing reports for each radio. The following letter was sent to XM's and AudioVox'sTCBs:

aaa, 06:51 PM 8/22/2006 -0400, RE: Review of FM Modulator Page 1 of 12

Subject: RE: Review of FM Modulator

Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 18:51:40 -0400

X-MS-Has-Attach:
X-MS-TNEF-Correlator: Thread-Topic: Review of FM Modulator, Audiovox FCC ID: BGA-XMXP03
Thread-Index: AcbFdYAozy4+OeztQFSGGOXGIiJ6sAAcZxv/ABU864A=

From: "aaa"
To: bbb, "ccc" , "ddd"

X-OriginalArrivalTime: 22 Aug 2006 22:51:41.0141 (UTC) FILETIME=[88768050:01C6C63D]

X-NAS-BWL: Found match for 'aaa@fcc.gov' on the allowed list (417 addresses, 0 domains)

X-NAS-Classification: 0
X-NAS-MessageID: 1104
X-NAS-Validation: {9C3ED9BD-B7B8-4535-997B-0205512A69A2}

bbb:

I just wanted to update you on our latest decision.

We have decided that in order to process the application, we are going
to require that the applicant submit data showing compliance with two
configurations.

- Show compliance with tabletop tests using a whip antenna over a ground
plane when the coupler is connected to the whip antenna.

- Show compliance in 3 different vehicles with windshield antennas when
the coupler is placed on the windshield close to the antenna traces.

The vehicle should be representative of different configurations of windshield antennas (rear, side) and large or small cars. Once you have reviewed the test reports for completeness and have determined the filing is complete, please contact us to unblock the specific grantee code. At this time please do not process any more applications than what we agree with. Thus we expect one with XXXX grantee code and two with XXXX in the next couple of days. Once the
grants are issued we will block the codes again.

Please contact ddd to unblock the grantee code. On Friday, you may have to contactccc. Let me know if you have any additional questions. I appreciate your help in coordinating this with us.

Thanks,

aaa

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First, it is evident that this grant was issued in close coordination with the FCC. There should be little chance of the FCC questioning it again later. By the tone of this, it appears that XM is now in the clear.

Secondly, it talks about some kind of coupler. In one case the coupler is attached to the car whip antenna or is perhaps in proximity to it. In the other, the coupler is placed in proximity to the windshield antenna.

On the surface, it sounds like a great idea. They are getting the signal to where it is needed--the antenna. For the Ki Ryung radios, the antenna is built into the radio. They simply diminished the signal until it was no longer a problem. Even though it may be near the radio, it doesn't do much good, because the radio is shielded. It has to get the signal to the car antenna to be effective. Since the signal strength diminishes inversely proportional to the square of the distance, by the time it reaches the car antenna, the signal is very weak and ineffective, especially with the recent power level decrease.

It sounds like XM has some sort of stick on coupler for the windshied antenna to put the signal where the antenna is. Alternatively, it appears that they might have a coupler (maybe just a wire) in contact or in proximity to the car whip antenna. At that point, the signal doesn't have to be that strong, a brilliantly simple idea. It is a variation upon their existing method. It adds a little complexity, but the extra step is not beyond the capabilities, from what has been gathered, of the ordinary DIYer. It is a little akin to the wired in modulator approach where the signal is wired in directly to the antenna, except for the antenna is not switched out. A wired in modulator is still the best approach.

Normally, they are required to publish internal and external pictures of the radios. In this case, XM has asked for temporary confidentiality until October 9, 2006. We will get our first look then. It makes sense. Sirius will obviously have to do something differently. No use giving Sirius the benefit of their research.

It light of the FCC requirements, there is a high probability in my mind that the recent StarMate re-certifications will be dismissed. The FCC has already requested additional information. They apparently use a similar technique to what XM was using. The XM grants were rejected. I can't envision them accepting the StarMate application while not allowing XM to do the same thing, unless Wistron NeWeb turned the power down to the point of being useless.

It appears that XM may now be in the clear, but there is still a cloud of uncertainty about Sirius' radios in my mind. There is little doubt about the Ki Ryung radios such as the Sportster 4, but the power levels may be too low to be useful for use with the FM modulator. That could hurt Sirius' image. My feeling is that the re-certified StarMate will be rejected. Who knows about the new radios that were announced. It is reasonable to assume that the FCC has clarified the procedure for Sirius as well. Once the procedure is known, it should be cut and dried.




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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Sirius Discusses the Emergency Alert System with the FCC

At the request of the FCC, Sirius participated in a conference call with the FCC on August 18, 2006, to discussed the Emergency Alert System (EAS). Satellite radio is required to participate in the EAS. Sirius indicated that they are willing and able to broadcast aggregated and authenticated messages to all listeners when made available. Sirius presently plans to broadcast the alerts to the affected regions covered by the 11 channels of traffic and weather. In addition, the alerts will be broadcast over the Emergency Weather and Traffic channel, Channel 184. The traffic and weather channels will direcet listeners to Channel 184 for additional information. Listeners outside the areas covered by the traffic and weather can also tune to Channel 184 for additional information.

The FCC proposed that Sirius develop an alert similar to the Game Alert to direct all listeners to the emergency channel when there is an emergency situation. Sirius' current radios are not technically capable of providing this service, but it is technically feasible for the future. The FCC also suggested that Sirius add another emergency channel.

XM had a similar conference with the FCC on the same day to discuss these issues; however, less detail is available.

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XM Trademark Application - Power Shift


Word Mark POWER SHIFT
Goods and Services
IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Entertainment services, namely, an on-going radio program for broadcasting via satellite digital audio radio services and over the Internet
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code
(4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Design Search Code
Serial Number
78953057
Filing Date
August 16, 2006
Current Filing Basis
1B
Original Filing Basis
1B
Owner
(APPLICANT) XM Satellite Radio Inc. CORPORATION DELAWARE 1500 Eckington Place N.E. Washington D.C. 20002
Attorney of Record
Patrick J. Jennings
Type of Mark
SERVICE MARK
Register
PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator
LIVE


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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

KoreaSat 5 Launch Nominal

Sea Launch had another successful launch last night. KoreaSat 5 was launched on schedule at 11:27 EDT. The injection was "right on target".

These are the words everyone likes to here, "All systems are operating nominally."

Congratulations to Sea Launch!

Now it is time to prepare for XM-4.

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Sportster 3 Certification

Certification grants are issued either by a telecommunications testing body (TCB) or by the FCC. Up to now, they have always been issued by a TCB for the satellite radios. The TCB can issue a grant immediately, if everything is in order. It takes the FCC 30-45 days to issue a grant.

The Satellite Standard Group suggests that the FCC no longer allows the TCB's to issue certification grants for FM modulators. If so, it only applies to new radios, since re-certifications were issued by Sirius' TCB at the same time the grant was issued for the Sportster 3. To be clear, the grants for the re-certified Ki Ryung radios were TCB approved, not FCC approved. In fact, according to a search of the EAS database, no Ki Ryung device of any kind has ever received an FCC approved grant. A TCB also issued the grants for the XM re-certifications, so it is still unclear whether or not that might be the case. The FCC dismissed the XM TCB granted re-certifications and then later rejected them. However, if it is only the new radios now, that might explain it. It could be that the rest of them will be dismissed. We know the FCC is questioning the StarMate re-certification, although they have let it stand for now.

It could be that the FCC is only interested in testing one of the four Sirius radios that received certification at the same time, since they are all made by the same manufacturer and presumably use the same circuit. SSG suggested that since the Sportster 4 had already received certification, logically, the Sportster 3 would also receive certification. It must be remembered that a TCB granted the certification for the Sportster 4. If the FCC is testing the radios now, they may arrive at a different conclusion and reject all of them. Not saying that will happen. To the contrary, all the reviews on the Sportster 4 indicate that the FM modulator is weak, plus it should not be rocket science to produce a certifiable radio using their technique. The testing procedure is cut and dried. If it is rejected, it won't likely be that the FM modulator is too strong, although it has been indicated elsewhere that this might still be the case. If the Sportster 3 is still using a standard jack for the FMOut signal, it could be rejected by the FCC, depending on their interpretation.

It would explain why we have not seen re-certifications for the XM radios nor for the new Sirius radios, since it takes the FCC 30-45 days to issue the grants. It would make sense for the FCC to do this until the matter is resolved. It may be that Sirius and XM are now requesting the FCC test the radios rather than going through the pain of having them granted by a TCB and then later rejected by the FCC once the units are in production.

Let's hope it does not delay the availability of any of the new radios. It could be a dull Christmas.

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Sea Launch Scheduled to Launch KoreaSat 5 Monday Night

Sea Launch is scheduled to launch KoreaSat 5 Monday, August 21, 2006, at 11:27 EDT. Coverage begins approximately 17 minutes prior to liftoff and may be viewed by clicking here. View the webcam on the Odyssey anytime.

XM-4 is the next one in line for Sea Launch. The launch is expected to take place after October 10.

Update: The rocket is up on the platform! If you haven't seen one launched, it is absolutely awesome.

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Today's Patent Applications

Below is a list of Patent Applications published today that are worth a second look:

Delphi - System and method for transmitting signals having audio data in a vehicle
This patent application is design to resolve the FM modulator issues. It first transmits a higher power ISM frequency signal. The receiver receives the signal and re-transmits it as an FM signal. Presumably, the receiver is located near the car radio antenna.

Universal Music Group - Method and system for enabling commerce from broadcast content

Abstract

The present invention is a method and system of allowing a user to receive additional information regarding broadcast content. A user's playback device is provided with an "Info Button" that can be clicked by the user to tag the content or sub-content while experiencing the content or sub-content. The user can be provided with information and/or commerce opportunities relating to the tagged content. Identifiers, markers and fingerprints that can identify the individual content and sub-content can be captured by the playback device when the Info Button is clicked. A Content ID can be transmitted or played back with the content and can be a unique identifier to the content. Further, a Broadcast ID, a FSA ID and a Device Manufacturer ID can also be transmitted or associated with the content.

Nielson Media Research - Signature-based program identification apparatus and methods for use with digital broadcast systems
Abstract

Signature-based program identification apparatus and methods for use with digital audio and/or video systems are disclosed. The disclosed systems and methods develop signatures of digital audio and/or video content from a digital data stream at two or more sites and compare the signatures to one another to identify the content.



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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

FCC May Be Scrutinizing the Re-Certified StarMate

It appears that the FCC may be scrutinizing the newly granted re-certification for the StarMate radios. It's hard to make out exactly what is happening, but the email below was issued exactly one month after the after the radio was re-certified. The FCC appears to be asking for the latest documentation and they indicate that there will be furhter processing. Sirius may not be out of the woods yet with the StarMate certifications as Sirius' management has indicated.

It may be nothing. It may be a sign of things to come. It doesn't appear to me that WNC used the proper test procedure. The FCC seemed to be clear. If a leaky coax is used for the transmission of the FM signal, in situ testing is required for three representative vehicles: small, median, and large. The test report does not indicate that this testing took place. We shall see.

To: Mr. Y
Y@wneweb.com.tw

From: T
T@fcc.gov
FCC Equipment Authorization Branch

Re: FCC ID: NKRUPAST205
Applicant: Wistron NeWeb Corporation
Correspondence Number: 30934
731 Confirmation Number: TCxxxxxx
Date of Original E-Mail: 08/07/2006

Subject: FCC Equipment Authorization System

Please upload the latest test report, photographs, and any documents that have changed for the satellite radio receiver after you have made the modification to. Thank you!

The items indicated above must be submitted before processing can continue on the above referenced application.

Failure to provide the requested information within 30 days of the original e-mail date may result in application dismissal pursuant to Section 2.917(c).


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Sportster 3 Certification Dismissed?

On August 9, 2006, Sirius had 3 radios re-certified and one new radio certified, the Sportster 3 (FCC ID P3HSP3) . This certification has since disappeared. It is like the re-certifications that XM had that were later dismissed. They also disappeared from the OET EAS website. From all appearances, the Sportster 3 is a stripped down Sportster 4. The Sportster 4 certification still stands.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

XM and Sirius Propose Rules for Repeaters

Yesterday, XM and Sirius jointly proposed principles to the FCC for establishing the final rules for satellite radio repeaters and WCS transmitters. They proposed the following:

  1. New satellite radio repeaters and WCS transmissions "shall not exceed an average level of -44 dBm (100 dBuV/m)".
  2. No change in the existing satellite radio and WCS rules.
  3. Existing sites to be grandfathered in.
  4. Co-location of satellite radio repeaters and WCS sites are permitted as long as the interference is within acceptable limits.
You can read more about the development of rules regarding satellite radio by going here and typing 95-91 in the "Proceeding" field. If you want to understand the history of the development of satellite radio, this is a great place to start.

The most interesting battle going on with regard to satellite radio is the petition filed by the WCS license holders to extend the buildout date for the wcs services. Presently, the deadline is July 2007. If they don't get the extension, many if not all of them could lose their licenses. The WCS band is the 30 MHz of frequency on either side of that set aside for satellite radio. One of the major reasons given for the request for the extension is the absence of final rules regarding satellite radio repeaters. XM and Sirius are trying to take this excuse away from them by re-kindling the debate now rather than later. Previously, the WCS licensees didn't show much interest. Obviously, satellite radio has a vested interest in persuading the FCC to deny the extension. This is prime spectrum for satellite radio and the only additional spectrum that they can use directly with the existing satellites. XM and Sirius both could double their bandwidth with the WCS spectrum. Read more by going here and typing 06-102 in the "Proceeding" field.

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Sunday, August 13, 2006

FCC Rule 15, Section 15.203

The following section is where I believe Sirius will run afoul of the FCC rules regarding the non-standard connectors. Past radios used a standard jack for the FMOut signal. The new and re-certified radio appear to also use a standard jack, but this has not been confirmed.

Although the Ki Ryung radios use an internal antenna inaccessible to the user, they also provide access to the FMOut signal via a standard jack. Users are already figuring out ways to connect an "antenna" to the FMOut jack that allows the radios to broadcast for blocks or even miles in some cases. This appears to be a violation of Section 15.203. Many of the WNC radios also have the FMOut signal.

Section 15.203 Antenna requirement.

An intentional radiator shall be designed to ensure that no antenna other than that furnished by the responsible party shall be used with the device. The use of a permanently attached antenna or of an antenna that uses a unique coupling to the intentional radiator shall be considered sufficient to comply with the provisions of this Section. The manufacturer may design the unit so that a broken antenna can be replaced by the user, but the use of a standard antenna jack or electrical connector is prohibited. This requirement does not apply to carrier current devices or to devices operated under the provisions of Sections 15.211, 15.213, 15.217, 15.219, or 15.221. Further, this requirement does not apply to intentional radiators that must be professionally installed, such as perimeter protection systems and some field disturbance sensors, or to other intentional radiators which, in accordance with Section 15.31(d), must be measured at the installation site. However, the installer shall be responsible for ensuring that the proper antenna is employed so that the limits in this Part are not exceeded.



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Saturday, August 12, 2006

Rule 15 Subpart C - Intentional Radiators

The satellite radios that include FM modulators must be tested under Rule 15, Subpart C as intentional radiators. The relevant part to satellite radio starts on page 78. Section 15.239, Operation in the band 88 - 108 MHz, is the most applicable section to the FM modulators, although there are other important applicable sections.

Section 15.239:

Section 15.239 Operation in the band 88 - 108 MHz.

(a) Emissions from the intentional radiator shall be confined within a band 200 kHz wide centered on the operating frequency. The 200 kHz band shall lie wholly within the frequency range of 88-108 MHz.


(b) The field strength of any emissions within the permitted 200 kHz band shall not exceed 250 microvolts/meter at 3 meters. The emission limit in this paragraph is based on measurement instrumentation employing an average detector. The provisions in Section 15.35 for limiting peak emissions apply.

(c) The field strength of any emissions radiated on any frequency outside of the specified 200 kHz band shall not exceed the general radiated emission limits in Section 15.209.

(d) A custom built telemetry intentional radiator operating in the frequency band of 88-108 MHz and used for experimentation by an educational institute need not be certified provided the device complies with the standards in this Part and the educational institution notifies the Engineer in Charge of the local FCC office, in writing, in advance of operation, providing the following information:

(1) The dates and places where the device will be operated;

(2) The purpose for which the device will be used;

(3) A description of the device, including the operating frequency, RF power output, and antenna; and,

(4) A statement that the device complies with the technical provisions of this Part.

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Section 15.201 under Subpart C is the one that got XM, which lead to the clarification by the FCC posted earlier.

(c) For devices such as perimeter protection systems which, in accordance with Section 15.31(d), are required to be measured at the installation site, each application for certification must be accompanied by a statement indicating that the system has been tested at three installations and found to comply at each installation. Until such time as certification is granted, a given installation of a system that was measured for the submission for certification will be considered to be in compliance with the provisions of this Chapter, including the marketing regulations in Subpart I of Part 2, if tests at that installation show the system to be in compliance with the relevant technical requirements. Similarly, where measurements must be performed on site for equipment subject to verification, a given installation that has been verified to demonstrate compliance with the applicable standards will be considered to be in compliance with the provisions of this Chapter, including the marketing regulations in Subpart I of Part 2.

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Since XM uses the vehicle wiring [the XM radio antenna (leaky coax) and the cigarette power adaptor], it also falls under Section 15.31(d). Section 15.31 deals with measurement standards.

15.31(d):

(d) Field strength measurements shall be made, to the extent possible, on an open field site. Test sites other than open field sites may be employed if they are properly calibrated so that the measurement results correspond to what would be obtained from an open field site. In the case of equipment for which measurements can be performed only at the installation site, such as perimeter protection systems, carrier current systems, and systems employing a "leaky" coaxial cable as an antenna, measurements for verification or for obtaining a grant of equipment authorization shall be performed at a minimum of three installations that can be demonstrated to be representative of typical installation sites.

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In the conference call the quarter before last, XM indicated that the FCC changed the rules on them when the FCC issued the clarification. It is not entirely true. The rules have always been there; however, I can understand how they might have been ignorant of this additional testing. Ignorance is no excuse for the TCB they were using. That's their job to know this.

As one can see, the testing procedure is rather nebulous. There in lies the problem. XM's TCB may test it one way and the FCC might test it another and come to different conclusions. Obviously, it is XM's desire to push to the limit as close as possible to have the most functional FM modulator. Until the FCC and XM can work this out, it will continue to be a problem for XM and probably WNC. I doubt that WNC is out of the woods yet as Sirius has claimed. If they want a functional FM modulator, they will have to work it out too. Ki Ryung took the easy way out. They will have radios to sell, but the FM modulators aren't going to work well. Many will be returned, resulting in higher churn. Pay me now or pay me later. A wired modulator is the way to go. If you can't do that, it is probably best to stay away from the radios such as those made by Ki Ryung.

XM's technique and now WNC's is to use a leaky coax. Why? The other radios use only an internal FM loop antenna. Some of XM's radios use both, but the newer models such as the Roady XT do not have an internal loop antenna. Car radios have shielding around them to protect them from interference as well as to prevent them from interfering with other electronics, so an antenna near the radio doesn't do that much good. One still needs to get the signal to the antenna. The vehicle itself can act like a shield. A home radio typically doesn't have that much shielding, so it isn't as much of a problem. Using a leaky coax gets the signal out there where it can be received by the vehicle's car radio antenna. That's why putting the satellite radio antenna as close as possible to the car antenna works best. XM specifically mentions this in the Roady 2 and MyFi manuals. The leaky coax also puts the signal out there where it can be received by other car radios. This is why the FCC is so concerned. If it can be received by your car radio, then there is a good chance it can be received by someone else's, especially if the radio station signal is weak.

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Introduction to FCC Rules and Equipment Authorization Program

With all the hullabaloo about the FCC lately, it is important to understand the role of the FCC in all this. The FCC has an excellent PowerPoint presentation in the form of a pdf file called, Introduction to FCC Rules and Equipment Authorization Program. As one can see below, the FCC does not directly test very often. That is one reason why I question the statement made by Sirius that the FCC has tested and approved their radios. Under the circumstances, it might be possible. However, more likely, they are referring to the "Grants of Authority" obtained by a third party TCB.





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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Ki Ryung Received Four New Certifications

Ki Ryung received 4 new certifications dated yesterday for four Sirius satellite radios. The four radios are identified by the FCC IDs as:

P3HSP3 New Sportster 3
P3HNSPHR2 Sportster Replay re-certification
P3HXTRH3G3S Visor re-certification
P3HNSVH1 Sirius One re-certification

A quick look look at the Sportster Replay circuit board indicates that no changes were made to the circuit board itself, so it was just a component change. Most likely, it was a power set resistor for the BH1415F FM modulator chip. All the satellite radios that have FM modulators, both for XM and Sirius, seem to use this chip. It is also evident in the photo above that the the Sportster Replay still uses the internal FM loop antenna. The test procedure for this is well defined. My guess it was a simply matter of changing an inexpensive resistor. The most recent XM radios and the new StarMate radios, as mentioned before, use a different technique that requires a different test procedure. Waiting for the FCC to define the procedure is the likely delay for XM receiving re-certification again for their radios in question.








Here' s a look at the new Sportster 3:














It continues to use the internal FM loop antenna. The performance of the FM modulator is likely to be similar to that of the Sportster 4--terrible. A quick search of the manual indicates that it does not have a Replay feature. Sounds like a stripped down Sportster 4, as it was rumored to be.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

AGT Trademark Application - Tempo

AGT also had the trademark for the Tempo satellite radio published for opposition yesterday.
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Word Mark TEMPO
Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Satellite radio receivers
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Design Search Code
Serial Number 78763043
Filing Date November 29, 2005
Current Filing Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition August 8, 2006
Owner (APPLICANT) Advanced Global Technology, LLC LIMITED LIABILITY CORPORATION NEW YORK 105 Madison Avenue New York NEW YORK 10016
Attorney of Record Charles H. Helein
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
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AGT Trademark Application - Sportscaster

The Sportscaster was published for opposition yesterday.
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Word Mark SPORTSCASTER
Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Satellite radio receivers and accessories, namely, vehicle and home antennas, mounting brackets, wireless remote controls, rechargeable battery packs, earphones, vehicle chargers, audio cables and AC adaptors
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Design Search Code
Serial Number 78768589
Filing Date December 7, 2005
Current Filing Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition August 8, 2006
Owner (APPLICANT) Advanced Global Technology, LLC LIMITED LIABILITY CORPORATION NEW YORK 105 Madison Avenue New York NEW YORK 10016
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AGT Trademark Application - Pitch

AGT had this trademark published for opposition yesterday. It is mostly likely for XM Satellite Radio products. AGT makes the Sportscaster for XM.
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Word Mark PITCH
Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Satellite radio receivers and accessories, namely, vehicle and home antennas, mounting brackets, wireless remote controls, rechargeable battery packs, earphones, vehicle chargers, audio cables and AC adaptors
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Design Search Code
Serial Number 78771761
Filing Date December 12, 2005
Current Filing Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition August 8, 2006
Owner (APPLICANT) Advanced Global Technology, LLC LIMITED LIABILITY CORPORATION NEW YORK 105 Madison Avenue New York NEW YORK 10016
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Sirius Trademark Application: Sir Sirius Internet Radio

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Word Mark SIR SIRIUS INTERNET RADIO
Goods and Services IC 038. US 100 101 104. G & S: Radio broadcasting services; webcasting services; streaming of audio, visual and data information via a global computer network, mobile telephone or other electronic or digital communications network or digital communications device; electronic and digital transmission and delivery of voice, data, text, images, graphics, signals and messages via a global computer network, mobile telephone or other electronic or digital communications network or device; providing audio, visual and data information available for download via a global computer network, mobile telephone or other electronic or digital communications network or digital communications device
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Design Search Code
Serial Number 78943148
Filing Date August 2, 2006
Current Filing Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Owner (APPLICANT) Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. CORPORATION DELAWARE 36th Floor 1221 Avenue of the Americas New York NEW YORK 10020
Attorney of Record Erica D. Klein
Prior Registrations 2914720;3071291;3114506;AND OTHERS
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Sirius Trademark Application: Sirius Internet Radio

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Word Mark SIRIUS INTERNET RADIO
Goods and Services IC 038. US 100 101 104. G & S: Radio broadcasting services; webcasting services; streaming of audio, visual and data information via a global computer network, mobile telephone or other electronic or digital communications network or digital communications device; electronic and digital transmission and delivery of voice, data, text, images, graphics, signals and messages via a global computer network, mobile telephone or other electronic or digital communications network or device; providing audio, visual and data information available for download via a global computer network, mobile telephone or other electronic or digital communications network or digital communications device
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Design Search Code
Serial Number 78943154
Filing Date August 2, 2006
Current Filing Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Owner (APPLICANT) Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. CORPORATION DELAWARE 36th Floor 1221 Avenue of the Americas New York NEW YORK 10020
Attorney of Record Erica D. Klein
Prior Registrations 2914720;3071291;3114506;AND OTHERS
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Sirius Trademark Application: Sir

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Goods and Services IC 038. US 100 101 104. G & S: Radio broadcasting services; webcasting services; streaming of audio, visual and data information via a global computer network, mobile telephone or other electronic or digital communications network or digital communications device; electronic and digital transmission and delivery of voice, data, text, images, graphics, signals and messages via a global computer network, mobile telephone or other electronic or digital communications network or device; providing audio, visual and data information available for download via a global computer network, mobile telephone or other electronic or digital communications network or digital communications device
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Design Search Code
Serial Number 78943158
Filing Date August 2, 2006
Current Filing Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Owner (APPLICANT) Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. CORPORATION DELAWARE 36th Floor 1221 Avenue of the Americas New York NEW YORK 10020
Attorney of Record Erica D. Klein
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Sirius Trademark Application: Stratus

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Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Equipment for receiving broadcast radio transmissions; equipment for playing, recording, organizing, manipulating, and reviewing text, data and audio files
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Design Search Code
Serial Number 78944014
Filing Date August 3, 2006
Current Filing Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Owner (APPLICANT) Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. CORPORATION DELAWARE 36th Floor 1221 Avenue of the Americas New York NEW YORK 10020
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Sirius Trademark Application: Speedster

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Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Equipment for receiving broadcast radio transmissions; equipment for playing, recording, organizing, manipulating, and reviewing text, data and audio files
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Design Search Code
Serial Number 78944016
Filing Date August 3, 2006
Current Filing Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Owner (APPLICANT) Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. CORPORATION DELAWARE 36th Floor 1221 Avenue of the Americas New York NEW YORK 10020
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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

A Closer Look at the XM Quarterly Subscription Numbers

This time around, XM gave a weath of information about their sub numbers. The following is an attempt to break down the churn numbers. It's a work in progress.

CHr = Rqg - Rqn = 408,695 - 168,487 = 240,208
RTn = Rn + Dn = 4,045,986 + 27,091 = 4,073,077
RTavg = RTn - 1/2 * Rqn = 4,073,077 - 1/2 * 168,487 = 3,988,833.5
%CHr = CHr/(RTavg*3) = 240,208/(3,988,833.5 * 3) = 2.01%

The retail churn should be a fairly exact number.

There doesn't appear to be a way to calculate the self-paying OEM churn. However, XM does gave a self-paying churn rate of 1.83%. Within the precision of that number, the OEM self-paying churn can be calculated.

CHsp = SPavg * 1.83% * 3 = (6,284,886 + 5,894,374)/2 * 0.0183 * 3 = 6,089,630 * 0.0183 * 3 = 334,321

CHo = CHsp - CHr = 334,321 - 240,208 = 94,113

OTavg = OTn - 1/2 Oqn = 2,211,809 - 1/2 * 224,868 = 2,099,375

%CHo = CH0/(OTavg*3) = 94,113/(2,099,375 * 3) = 1.49%

deltaSelf-Paying = Ocv + Rqn + Dqn - CHo

Ocv = deltaSelf-Paying - Rqn - Dqn + CHo = (6,284,886 - 5,916,648) - 168,487 + 94,113 = 293,864

deltaInPromo = Oqg - Oqd - Ocv - RNTqg

Oqd = Oqg - deltaInPromo - Ocv - RNTqg

Assuming RNTqg is equal to the Rental car net, which should be close:

Oqd = 517,586 - (573,144 - 548,027) - 293,864 - 4,817 = 193,788

ConvRate = Ocv/(Ocv+Oqd) = 293,864/(293,864 + 193,788) = 60.3%

Note: XM measures the conversion 3 months after the trial period end, which means more dropouts are likely to occur during that period, thus lowering the conversion rate.

CHr => Retail churn
Rqg => Quarterly gross retail including data services
Rqn => Quarterly net retail including daat services
RTn => Total net retail
RTavg => Average total retail
%CHr => Percent retail churn
CHsp => Self-paying churn
CHo => OEM churn
Oqg => Gross quarterly OEM subs including rentals
Oqn => Net quarterly OEM subs including rentals
Oqd => Quartly OEM drops
CHrent => Rental churn
OTn => Total self-paying OEMs
OTavg => Average total self-paying OEMs
RNTqg => Rental quarterly gross.

Summary
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Retail Churn : 240,208
Retail %Churn : 2.01%
OEM Churn : 94,113
OEM %Churn : 1.49%
OEM Conversions: 293,864
OEM Dropouts : 193,788 (Initial dropouts)
Conversion rate: 60.3% (Initial conversion rate)

The 2.01% retail churn rate is atrocious. The 1.49% self-paying OEM churn rate is about what one would expect. XM blew off somewhere in the order of 60,000 subscriptions with their customer service fiasco.

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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Is the Satellite Radio Subscription Model Dead?

In a word, no. Whether or not they will survive financially is another question, but subscriptions are still growing strong. There are no signs that gross subscriptions are slowing down. Sure, some may be disappointed after the quantum shift in gross subscribers in 4Q05, but that was an aberration. The Stern Effect disrupted the market. Gross subscribers are still signing up about the same clip as before Stern. Frankly, I am surprise it hasn't slowed down for now. Certainly, the Stern Effect did impact XM. The rate of growth has slowed for XM, but Sirius' rate of growth slowed even more in the recent quarter.


Sirius' churn is still small compared to XM. This is for two reasons: 1) their base is smaller; and 2) the way they count their subscriptions. Maybe 20% or more of their subscriptions are immune to churn. It makes their blended rate look comparable to XM's self-paying churn rate, but if 20% of the subscriptions are excluded from the churn calculation, that is exactly what one would expect. Unfortunately, there is no direct way to compare how the two companies are doing with regard to churn. Because the Sirius promo periods differ, one cannot make assumptions about when promo subs expire.

From the chart below, XM's net sub growth took a turn for the worse. Worse yet, the churn kept marching on. One would have expected the churn to level out a little as well. This apparently happened because of the screw up during the transition to a new customer service company. Let's hope they get it fixed. We already know that there was a screw up in this quarter with the OEMs.

It is amazing how low Sirius' churn remains. It is caused solely by how they count their subs. Their system is fundamentally flawed. Why? To answer that one must know why subs are counted. They serve two purposes: 1) sell advertisements; and 2) measuring how well the company is doing. Whether it is a lifetime subscription or a one year subscription or a three year subscription, it is import to know how many active listeners there are. Sirius counts parking lot subs and dead people. They also count people for a longer period of time who never tuned in. It distorts the actual number of listeners. By reporting self-paying subscriptions and promo subscriptions separately, XM gives a better picture of how many people are actually listening to satellite radio. On point number two, we have no idea how good or bad the drop out rate is for Sirius, no measure of how well its OEM business is doing. In fact, when talking about it, they use XM numbers. Hopefully, the SEC will step in some day and make both companies report the numbers the same way. That would be a tremendous help to investors.

Aside from the ranting, the rate of grow of the net subscribers declined last quarter. This is attributable to XM's churn problem and the waning of the Stern Effect and the economy in general.

XM has a great opportunity this quarter with the popularity of O&A growing and the upcoming Oprah and Friends show. Let's hope they don't blow this one.




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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Satellite Radio Antenna Patent Application

Mitsumi had a patent application published today for a satellite radio tuner in an antenna. It sounds like similar technology as XM Connect & Play. They seem to indicate that it is for one of the American satellite radio providers, but it is not immediately clear. They seem to imply that it is for an automobile, but not necessarily so.

XM displayed an XM Connect & Play antenna for cars that they were working on a year or so ago. Could this be it? Could it be Sirius' answer to the Connect & Play? We will have to wait and see.

United States Patent Application 20060174299
Kind Code A1
Watanabe; Takeo ; et al. August 3, 2006
Antenna unit equipped with a tuner portion

Abstract

An antenna unit equipped with a satellite radio tuner and a tuner-unequipped head unit are connected to each other through a serial bus cable. Equipped in the antenna unit, the satellite radio tuner has a tuner portion, a digital demodulating portion, an interface portion, and a CPU. The interface portion serves as a speech/serial converting portion for converting a digital speech signal into a serial signal. The head unit includes an interface portion for receiving the serial signal sent from the antenna unit through a serial bus cable. The interface portion serves as a serial/speech converting portion for converting the received serial signal into the speech signal.
Inventors: Watanabe; Takeo; (Novi, MI) ; Honma; Yasuyuki; (Tokyo, JP) ; Suzuki; Takumi; (Akita, JP)
Correspondence Name and Address:

FRISHAUF, HOLTZ, GOODMAN & CHICK, PC
220 Fifth Avenue
16TH Floor
NEW YORK
NY
10001-7708
US

Assignee Name and Adress: Mitsumi Electric Co. Ltd.
Tokyo
JP



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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Quarterly Subscriptions as of 2Q06



From the charts above, it is clear that Sirius started closing the subscription gap in 4Q05; however, it was in 1Q06 that Sirius was at near parity with XM on gross subscribers. In the most recent quarter, the gap in gross subscribers began to widen again. It's curious how close Sirius gross has been to its net. Only in recent quarters has that gap began to grow. Next quarter is where the Sirius OEM dropouts will really start to hit. However, Sirius did a good job in increasing the OEM installs this past quarter, which will offset any increase in OEM dropouts for the near future.

When looking at it from an increment market share on a percentage basis, again it was 4Q05 when Sirius make a breakthrough with Stern. The gap continued to close in 1Q06. Although the Stern effect still appears to be strong, the 2Q06 results indicate the the Stern effect likely is beginning to wane. Next quarter will tell the tale.

It is remarkable that even with the jump in OEM subscriptions and increased incremental retail market share, Sirius was unable to surpass XM in gross subscriptions. In fact, the gap widen. The gross subscriptions are declining for both. Faced with this and the current FCC probe, it was surprising to see Sirius increase its guidance. They will have a challenging 4Q.

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