Sunday, October 29, 2006

NPR FM Modulator Study

There has been a lot written about the NPR study. It has been out there for a while now, but I don't know if I have even seen any of the major complainers publish the source. The study needs some scruntiny. Here is the link to the study from the NPR Labs.

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Digital Freedom Campaign Begins

The Digital Freedom Campaign began yesterday, October 26, 2006. Consumers, musicians, and filmmakers unite to advocate copyright laws that make sense for them, rather than for the large music labels and movie studios

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

WCS Coalition Opposes Sirius' Request to Return to Operation 11 Repeaters

Update: I apologized; in my haste, I posted that it was the WCA that filed the letter. It was the WCS Coalition. The letter was posted on the WCA website, therefore, the confusion on my part. I have revised the comments.

The WCS Coalition filed a letter announcing thier intent to oppose the return to operation the 11 repeaters that Sirius recently shut down. The letter confuses XM with Sirius, but their intent is clear; they intend to oppose the 180 day STA for Sirius to operate their repeaters.

The primary issue with the WCS Coalition is that Sirius announced their non-compliance issues then followed that with a petition for rule making that would include grandfathering in the current repeaters. It is unfortunate timing for Sirius.

Neither Sirius' nor XM's emergency request have been granted. Neither Sirius' nor XM's 180 day STA has been unblocked; therefore, no public notice has been generated.

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Interoperable Technologies Patent Application for Receiver including Cell Phone Abilities

On October 26, 2006, Interoperable Technologies, XM, and Sirius had their patent application published for a receiver that includes cell phone abilities.

United States Patent Application
20060240811
Kind Code
A1

De Luca; Michael J.

October 26, 2006

Wireless satellite digital audio radio service (SDARS) head unit with portable subscription and cell phone abilities

Abstract
A system and method for automated activation of a radio, or content receiver, used to receive subscription radio services such as XM or Sirius radio. A wireless communications device with a short range data link wirelessly communicates with the content receiver to control the content receiver and receive a unique identification code from the content receiver. The wireless communications device also has its own unique identification code. The wireless communications device transmits an activation request message over a long range wireless communications link to a control station. The activation request message contains the receivers unique identification code and the communications device's own unique identification code. The control station maintains a database of valid identification codes that is used to authenticate the request. If the control station receives a valid request, an activation signal is sent to the receiver to allow operation of the receiver.

Inventors:
De Luca; Michael J.; (Boca Raton, FL)

Correspondence Name and Address:
FLEIT, KAIN, GIBBONS, GUTMAN, BONGINI;& BIANCO P.L.
ONE BOCA COMMERCE CENTER
551 NORTHWEST 77TH STREET, SUITE 111
BOCA RATON
FL
33487
US

Assignee Name and Adress:
Interoperable Technologies LLCDeerfield BeachFL

Sirius Satellite Radio, Inc.New YorkNY

XM Satellite Radio, Inc.WashingtonDC

Serial No.:
233583
Series Code:
11
Filed:

September 22, 2005
U.S. Current Class:
455/414.3; 455/414.1
U.S. Class at Publication:
455/414.3; 455/414.1
Intern'l Class:

H04Q 7/22 20060101 H04Q007/22; H04Q 7/38 20060101 H04Q007/38

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Coding Technologies Patent Application

On October 26, 2006, Coding Technologies had this patent application published for its coding techniques. XM uses Coding Technologies for its CODEC.

United States Patent Application

20060239473
Kind Code
A1

Kjorling; Kristofer ; et al.
October 26, 2006
Envelope shaping of decorrelated signals

Abstract
The envelope of a decorrelated signal derived from an original signal can be shaped without introducing additional distortion, when a spectral flattener is used to spectrally flatten the spectrum of the decorrelated signal and the original signal prior to using the flattened spectra for deriving a gain factor describing the energy distribution between the flattened spectra, and when the so derived gain factor is used by an envelope shaper to timely shape the envelope of the decorrelated signal.

Inventors:
Kjorling; Kristofer; (Solna, SE) ; Herre; Jurgen; (Buckenhof, DE) ; Disch; Sascha; (Furth, DE) ; Villemoes; Lars; (Jarfalla, SE)

Correspondence Name and Address:
LERNER GREENBERG STEMER LLP
P O BOX 2480
HOLLYWOOD
FL
33022-2480
US

Assignee Name and Adress:
Coding Technologies ABFraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Forderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
Serial No.:
402519
Series Code:
11
Filed:
April 12, 2006
U.S. Current Class:
381/98
U.S. Class at Publication:
381/098
Intern'l Class:
H03G 5/00 20060101 H03G005/00

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XM Discloses Hierarchical Modulation Patent Application

On October 26, 2006, XM had its patent application for hierarchical modulation published. When implemented, this will allow XM more throughput on its available spectrum.

United States Patent Application
20060239365
Kind Code
A1

Smallcomb; Joseph ; et al.

October 26, 2006

Method and system for hierarchical modulation and demodulation for digital radio

Abstract
A communication system (10) using hierarchical modulation includes at least one satellite (12 & 13) transmitting a data stream and a hierarchical modulated data stream, and at least one terrestrial station (16) transmitting the data stream and the hierarchical modulated data stream. The communication system can further include at least one receiver (18) for demodulating and combining the data stream from at least one satellite and from at least one terrestrial station and for hierarchically demodulating and combining the hierarchical modulated data stream from at least one satellite and the hierarchical modulated data stream from at least one terrestrial station. The terrestrial station can be a terrestrial repeater repeating the data stream and the hierarchical data stream from at least one satellite. The system can also include an uplink (11) having a hierarchical modulator for modulating both the data stream and the hierarchical data stream.

Inventors:
Smallcomb; Joseph; (Lake Worth, FL) ; Marko; Paul; (Pembroke Pines, FL)
Correspondence Name and Address:

AKERMAN SENTERFITT
P.O. BOX 3188
WEST PALM BEACH
FL
33402-3188
US

Assignee Name and Adress:
XM Satellite Radio, Inc.WashingtonDC20002
Serial No.:
112658
Series Code:
11
Filed:
April 22, 2005
U.S. Current Class:
375/260
U.S. Class at Publication:
375/260
Intern'l Class:
H04L 27/28 20060101 H04L027/28

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

OT: Intel Applies for Experimental License to Test New WiMax

On October 24, 2006, Intel applied for an experimental licenses to demo new WiMax technologies (802.16-2004) at the IEEE Globecom 2006 between November 26 and December 02, 2006 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Subscriber stations manufactured by Gemtek (WIXD-101) and Intel will be used.

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Humax Receives Certification on Its Sirius InV SV2 Receiver

Humax received certification on a new Sirius receiver call the Sirius InV SV2.











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Monday, October 23, 2006

OT: Sony Receives Certification for WiFi Enabled PlayStation3

Yesterday, October 22, 2006, Sony received certification for a PlayStation 3 that is WiFi enabled. Just happened to notice it. Don't really know if it is news or not.

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

WCA Blasts Sirius Over Request to Add 16 Repeaters

The Wireless Communication Association International (WCA) cranked up the rhetoric against Sirius in its request to add 16 repeaters. Sirius filed the Special Temporary Authority (STA) request on June 23, 2006.

It is request, the WCA asks the FCC to deny Sirius' request to add the 16 repeaters. It is rhetoric at its best. There are some great lines, such as:

"Sirius' Opposition illustrates that Sirius can not only cite to a work of fiction, it also can create one."

That quote was in response to Sirius' suggestion that the WCS is a secondary service relative to SDARS. The WCA admits that this has nothing to do with whether or not the FCC should grant the STA.

Another great line:

"In short, the WCS Coalitiion does not, as Sirius so snidely suggests, suffer from "'allocation amnesia' about satellite DARS spectrum primacy." To the contrary, Sirius appears to be suffering from delusions of regulatory grandeur totally unsupported by any rational review of the record."

The WCA has always been tough but fair and consistent. They call it the way they see it, right or wrong. Although they bitterly opposed XM's proposed purchase of WCS Wireless, they blasted Sirius when Sirius filed their own protest against the deal, essentially calling Sirius' argument nonsense. They have to respected them for that.

The WCA has a way of making their point that I would characterize as humorous. Whether you agree or not, it is a good read.

The WCA primary disagreement is that Sirius has failed to establish a need for the 16 high power (> 2000W) repeaters, nor have they presented any declaration from an engineer stating that the power levels are no more than necessary. The WCA would prefer to have more lower powered repeaters than fewer higher power repeaters that Sirius is proposing.

Meanwhile, Sprint Nextel withdrew its support of Sirius' request. BellSouth is also opposing the repeaters in a separate filing.

This is all out war with the WCS license holders. It could indeed put Sirius' request for the 16 repeaters in jeopardy as well as the requests filed by XM. Perhaps this is the motivating factor behind Sirius' decision to put up another satellite.

Sirius of course has issued its opposition to the petition to deny. This is the one that sent the WCA into a tizzy.

More than likely, this opposition from BellSouth, Nextel, and the WCA is in retailiation to XM's and Sirius' opposition to the extension to the build out date for the WCS licenses.

Looks like all the parties are taking the gloves off. This likely explains why the latest emergency STAs have not been granted. I am sure BellSouth (and AT&T) can bring enough political pressure on the FCC to cause them to think twice. Looks like it is shaping up to be a battle royal.


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The RIAA Claims Another Victim

CNET Asia reported on October 16, 2006, that Creative will strip away the FM recording feature from its Zen Vision:M player with firmware revision 1.50.02. The RIAA is purportedly behind this revision.

Recording an FM broadcast would appear to be well within a user's right. Unless companies like XM stand up to the RIAA, the RIAA will continue to trample on the rights of listeners to timeshift their music.

This issue is not dissimilar to the lawsuit brought against XM by the RIAA.

Creative zaps FM recording feature in the Vision:M [CNET Asia]

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Friday, October 20, 2006

Enough Already with the Apple/Satellite Radio Speculation

Apple has mentioned satellite radio in exactly one patent application (no patents) and everybody seems to be predicting the marriage of the two. While we are at it, let's start a Microsoft rumor. There are 3 actual Microsoft patents--not applications--that mention satellite radio. Surely, something must be up between satellite radio and Microsoft? Shouldn't we be getting excited?

The reality is that satellite radio is a legitimate entertainment medium and, consequently, as a matter of course, it gets mentioned in many (perhaps most) applications that involve audio or even video entertainment. Satellite radio is mentioned so often in patent applications that I don't bother to read most of them. If one searches the patent applications for the term "satellite radio", one would find 1,128 results.

Here are 3 Microsoft patents that mention satellite radio:

1 7,117,286 Full-Text Portable computing device-integrated appliance
2 6,996,390 Full-Text Smart car radio
3 6,993,615 Full-Text Portable computing device-integrated appliance

Plus, there are 4 Microsoft patent applications that mention satellite radio:

1 20060177046 Dynamic Volume Control
2 20060146185 Software-based audio rendering
3 20060126866 Dynamic Volume Control
7 20040260682 System and method for identifying content and managing information corresponding to objects in a signal

Surely, there is a buyout/convergence in the making ...NOT! Everybody, get a grip.

Will there be a convergence of satellite radio and other devices such as the iPod, GPSs, PDAs, pocket PCs, computers, etc.? Certainly. Someday. Perhaps sooner than we think. But the recent Apple patent application has little relevance to satellite radio and certainly should not be construed as an imminent deal between Apple and satellite radio. It might happen tomorrow, but not because of this latest patent application.

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Sportster 3 Receives Recertification

The Ki Ryung Sportster 3 received re-certification today. Update: the Sportster 3 does indeed use the new FM Extender (Remote Radiator) technique. It appears that Ki Ryung is updating their radios with the new technique. The Extender is not mentioned in the User Manual. This is because it is part of the vehicle kit.

Noticeably absent is the FM loop antenna. However, one can still see remnants of the loop antenna on the internal photos.

One may recall that Satellite Radio TechWorld had speculated that the earlier Sportster 3 certification had been dismissed.

It is shaping up to be a good quarter for both XM and Sirius as far as receiver availability goes, providing they can bring them to market.

Photos
Manual
Installation

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S50 Vehicle Kit Receives Re-Certification

Humax received re-certification for its Sirius S-50 receiver vehicle kit today. It is unclear whether or not this includes the S-50 itself; however, one of the attached documents states that it includes a personal satellite radio plus a car kit. The internal documents show only the car kit. An FM modulator chip is shown in the car kit, so perhaps the S-50 itself does not require certification. Previously, the S-50 received its own certification. Perhaps the radio itself has not changed, therefore, not requiring recertification.

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User Manual
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Thursday, October 19, 2006

OT: Other Apple Patent Applications Published Today

Apple also had two other patent applications published today, neither directly related to satellite radio. The first of these two applications presented here is for encoding data in video:


United States Patent Application 20060233237
Kind Code A1
Lu; Jian ; et al. October 19, 2006

Single pass constrained constant bit-rate encoding

Abstract

Data, such as video data, is encoded by identifying a data segment to be encoded. The data segment includes multiple frames. A bit-rate profile for encoding the data segment is generated. The bit-rate profile defines a number of bits associated with each frame in the data segment. Frames are encoded using the bit-rate profile. The bit-rate profile is updated periodically to incorporate past encoding statistics and compensate for any encoding bits deviations from the initial profile.


Inventors: Lu; Jian; (Sunnyvale, CA) ; Jiang; Wenqing; (San Jose, CA) ; Wallace; Gregory Kent; (Palo Alto, CA)
Correspondence Name and Address:
    FISH & RICHARDSON P.C.
PO BOX 1022
MINNEAPOLIS
MN
55440-1022
US
Assignee Name and Adress: APPLE COMPUTER, INC.

Serial No.: 108157
Series Code: 11
Filed: April 15, 2005

U.S. Current Class: 375/240.03; 375/240.12
U.S. Class at Publication: 375/240.03; 375/240.12
Intern'l Class: H04N 11/04 20060101 H04N011/04; H04N 7/12 20060101 H04N007/12; H04B 1/66 20060101 H04B001/66; H04N 11/02 20060101 H04N011/02

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The second patent application has to do with the synthesis of fonts:


United States Patent Application 20060232588
Kind Code A1
Opstad; David G. ; et al. October 19, 2006

Automatic synthesis of font tables for character layout

Abstract

Data tables that are required for the proper processing of font glyphs are automatically synthesized if they do not form part of an original font definition. The synthesized tables are stored in an annex file that is associated with the font, rather than being incorporated into the font definition. As a result, the integrity of the original font data is maintained, and does not adversely affect font protection systems that are based upon font data.


Inventors: Opstad; David G.; (Mountain View, CA) ; Beaman; Alexander B.; (San Jose, CA)
Correspondence Name and Address:
    BUCHANAN INGERSOLL, PC
P.O. BOX 1404
ALEXANDRIA
VA
22313-1404
US
Assignee Name and Adress: Apple Computer, Inc.

Serial No.: 455885
Series Code: 11
Filed: June 20, 2006

U.S. Current Class: 345/467
U.S. Class at Publication: 345/467
Intern'l Class: G06T 11/00 20060101 G06T011/00



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SkyFi 3 Receives Certification

Today, October 19, 2006, the SkyFi 3 received certification. The details are being held confidential for up to 45 days. Technically speaking, once they announce the product and make information about it available, they lose the short term confidentially, so they should make the details available now. Delphi and XM recently announced the radio and as posted by Satellite Radio TechWorld, the User Manual has already been made available and there is a Delphi website describing the features of this product. If the TCB were informed, they would have to notify the FCC and the FCC would make the documents available.

One can't tell much from the photo below, but it has been confirmed to be the SkyFi 3:











Okay, this is the confirmation. Notice the upper lefthand corner:







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In- Flight Entertainment System including SDARS Patent Application

LiveTV had a patent application disclosed today for an in-flight entertainment system that includes satellite radio. This is the same group that is already installing XM on Air Tran and other airlines. If we are not mistaken, they are owned by Jet Blue.


United States Patent Application 20060234700
Kind Code A1
Funderburk; Jason ; et al. October 19, 2006

Aircraft in-flight entertainment system including digital radio service and associated methods

Abstract

An aircraft in-flight entertainment (IFE) system includes a headend unit, and a plurality of seat electronic boxes (SEBs) spaced throughout the aircraft. The headend unit includes a digital satellite radio receiver. A local area network (LAN) connects the digital satellite radio receiver for providing digital satellite radio signals to the SEBs. The IFE system further includes a plurality of passenger control units (PCUs) connected to the plurality of SEBs, with each PCU permitting passenger selection of the digital satellite radio signals.


Inventors: Funderburk; Jason; (Melbourne, FL) ; Easterling; Scott D.; (Malabar, FL) ; Keen; Robert M.; (Malabar, FL)
Correspondence Name and Address:
    ALLEN, DYER, DOPPELT, MILBRATH & GILCHRIST P.A.
1401 CITRUS CENTER 255 SOUTH ORANGE AVENUE
P.O. BOX 3791
ORLANDO
FL
32802-3791
US
Assignee Name and Adress: LiveTV, LLC
Melbourne
FL

Serial No.: 024072
Series Code: 11
Filed: December 28, 2004

U.S. Current Class: 455/431
U.S. Class at Publication: 455/431
Intern'l Class: H04Q 7/20 20060101 H04Q007/20



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Apple: Audio Sampling and Acquisition System Patent Application

Apple had a patent application published today for the purchase of media items. Identifying information is recorded from a broadcast such as from "FM, AM or XM" to facilitate a later purchase.


United States Patent Application 20060235864
Kind Code A1
Hotelling; Steve ; et al. October 19, 2006

Audio sampling and acquisition system

Abstract

Techniques for facilitating purchase of media items, such as digital media assets, are disclosed. A computing device, e.g., a portable media device, can save media indicia pertaining to one or media items of interest to a user. The media indicia can thereafter be use to purchase the one or more media items or other products associated therewith.


Inventors: Hotelling; Steve; (San Jose, CA) ; Hodge; Andrew Bert; (Menlo Park, CA) ; Schubert; Emily Clark; (Los Altos, CA) ; Borchers; Robert Edward; (Pleasanton, CA) ; Dorogusker; Jesse L.; (Menlo Park, CA) ; Bell; Chris; (Pacifica, CA)
Correspondence Name and Address:
    BEYER WEAVER & THOMAS, LLP
P.O. BOX 70250
OAKLAND
CA
94612-0250
US
Assignee Name and Adress: Apple Computer, Inc.

Serial No.: 210172
Series Code: 11
Filed: August 22, 2005

U.S. Current Class: 707/101
U.S. Class at Publication: 707/101
Intern'l Class: G06F 17/00 20060101 G06F017/00



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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Snapster Trademark

Sirius + Napster = Snapster. Right? Wrong. Rasprodz has had this trademark application out there for a while. It was recently approved to be published for opposition. It will be surprising if this one passes muster. There is too much room to be confused with Napster and its association with satellite radio. Below is the application data:

Mark Image
Word Mark SNAPSTER
Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Data processing equipment, namely, data processors and computers for an interactive radio and television on-air promotion utilizing customized computer software that detects incoming Dual Tone Multi Frequency (DTMF) via an analogue or digital telephone hybrid which instructs application software to perform various functions, namely, playing a game, and responds with audio and visual prompts, the results of which are broadcast on by way of audio or audio and visual graphics

IC 038. US 100 101 104. G & S: Broadcasting and transmission services namely, broadcasting and transmission of television, radio, cable radio and television and satellite radio and television programmes; on-line video broadcasting; data transmission and data broadcasting over high speed telephone, cable radio and television, satellite radio and television and radio frequency networks; audio streaming in the nature of streaming of audio and material over the internet; video streaming in the nature of streaming video over the internet; broadcasting and transmission of messages, text, sound and images by television, radio, cable radio and television and satellite radio and television; electronic transmission of messages, text, sound, images, information, data and radio and television programmes; broadcasting and transmission of digital information by means of radio, telephone, satellite radio and television, cable radio and television and computer; wireless digital messaging services in the nature of receiving and exchanging of text, messages, sound, images and information via telephones, cellular phones, facsimile machines and modems; providing multiple user access to a global computer information network featuring online databases; facsimile transmission services; web messaging services in the nature of sending messages and information online; information sending services, namely, telematic sending of information; electronic message sending services; electronic mail services; online dissemination of information in the field of radio and television broadcasting; provision of telecommunications Information by means of electronic communications networks namely the Internet; cable television broadcasting services in the nature of retrieval and display of information on competitions and quizzes

IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Entertainment, instruction and education namely, organization of games broadcast by radio and television; production, distribution and syndication of interactive entertainment in the nature of computer games broadcast on radio and television featuring quiz / game shows; multimedia entertainment software production services; production, distribution and syndication of television and radio programmes; gaming namely, casinos; gaming services for entertainment purposes, namely, conducting and providing facilities for special events featuring casino and gaming contests and tournaments; gaming machine entertainment services, namely leasing of electronic gaming machines; on-line gaming services for single or multiple players namely, providing on-line computer games featuring a game of skill; educational and entertainment services namely conducting seminars, workshops and classes in the field of computer game production, radio and television programming, and promotional activity services provided for radio and television provided via all forms of electronic transmission; providing on-line audio, visual and audio-visual information in the field of online computer game entertainment, radio and television programming and promotions production and interactive gaming and quiz production; publication of newsletters, books, statistics and reviews featuring information on computer games, radio and television programming and promotional activity and interactive games and quizzes; electronic publishing namely, publishing of web magazines; conducting seminars and workshops relating to education, and entertainment in the field of online computer game entertainment, radio and television programming and promotions production and interactive gaming and quiz production. production, organization and presentation of live performances of quizzes, audience participation events in the nature of quizzes and quiz shows, interactive quiz contests, games shows; provision of information in the field of computer games, radio and television programming and promotions, interactive gaming and quizzes

Mark Drawing Code (5) WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS IN STYLIZED FORM
Design Search Code
Serial Number 79023984
Filing Date June 7, 2005
Current Filing Basis 66A
Original Filing Basis 66A
International Registration Number 0885240
Owner (APPLICANT) Rasprodz (UK) Limited Limited Company UNITED KINGDOM Tudor Cottage 334a Canterbury Road Kennington; Ashford, Kent TN25 4DU UNITED KINGDOM
Priority Date December 16, 2004
Type of Mark TRADEMARK. SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator


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Petition for Rule Making, Comments

On October 18, 2006, Sirius petitioned the FCC to establish final rules to govern repeaters for satellite radio and WCS transmitters in the 2.3 GHz band.

Summary:
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  1. Blanket license for satellite radio licencees to build and operate repeaters within certain rules.
  2. Repeaters not to exceed -44 dBm (100 dbuV/m) measured at 2 meters above ground leved with certain exceptions
  3. Collocation acceptable on a non-interference basis with responsibility on the licensee adding antenna
  4. Maintain a a secure Internet web providing repeater site locations, emergency contacts, etc. (I wonder how long that would last)
Please see Appendix A and Appendix B for further information on the proposed rules.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Notice of Proposed Settlement of Class Action Suit

One has until mid-night, October 17, 2006, tonight to opt out of the proposed settlement for the linked Sirius Class Action suit. This suit stems from stock purchases between February 16, 2000 and April 2, 2001. It was over whether Sirius management misled investors about when they would begin operation. The average recovery is expected to be $0.31 per share before legal fees and expenses.

This is a Federal Court authorized notice.

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XM Granted Patent on MultiPoint Distribution of SDARS

XM was granted the following patent today for an application filed back in 1999.


United States Patent 7,123,875
Marko , et al. October 17, 2006

System and method for multipoint distribution of satellite digital audio radio service

Abstract

A satellite digital audio radio service multipoint distribution system and method. The system comprises a satellite antenna and a satellite receiver for receiving a satellite digital audio radio signal and distributing a converted signal in response thereto. The distributed signal is received by plural receivers each of which provides a respective output signal in response thereto. In the best mode, the satellite receiver is a terrestrial repeater. The repeater decodes a stream of data received from the satellite and recodes the stream using a satellite radio terrestrial broadcast format. In the best mode, the signal is an intermediate frequency signal in the XM radio, multi-carrier modulation format. The recoded signal is rebroadcast by the repeater via a distribution network and received by a plurality of intermediate frequency (IF) receivers. The distribution system may be wireless, cable, or fiber optic. In the illustrative embodiment, the IF receivers are modified conventional satellite digital audio service receivers. A user interface is provided for each IF receiver to allow for channel selection and audio processing.


Inventors: Marko; Paul D. (Pembrone Pines, FL), Wadin; Craig (Sunrise, FL)
Assignee: XM Satellite Radio, Inc. (Washington, DC)
Appl. No.: 09/435,315
Filed: November 4, 1999

Current U.S. Class: 455/3.02 ; 455/13.1; 455/18; 455/3.01
Current International Class: H04H 1/00 (20060101)
Field of Search: 455/277.1,402,270,562,522,12.1,13.2,13.1,20,42,63,11.1,16,17,21,22,23,426.2,429,430,3.01,3.02,3.03,18,427 370/320,477,204,229 375/229


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Monday, October 16, 2006

OT: Global Sat Receives Certification on BlueTooth Enabled GPS Device for Pocket PC

Global Sat received certification today for a BlueTooth enabled GPS device. It is a slick little unit. It can be used with the Pocket PC. When fully charged, it has a 14 hour battery life. Check out the manual for more information.















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Semi OT: AT&T Requests Consent for Transfer of Control of BellSouth Licenses

On October 13, AT&T requested consent to transfer the licenses held by BellSouth to AT&T. The FCC is seeking comment by October 24, 2006. The comments may be read by going to Filed Comments section of the FCC and typing 06-74 in the Proceedings field.

In order to appease some of the distractors, AT&T has made offers to sweeten the deal. This is the interesting part.

By December 31, 2007, AT&T/BellSouth will offer broadband access service in excess of 200 kbps in at least one direction to 100% of the residential living units in their in-region territory. At least 85% will be covered by wire line. The rest will be covered by satellite and WiMax. Those replacing their dialup will be provided a free ADSL modem with a commitment to 12 months or more of service. Service for speeds up to 768 Kbps will be offered at $10/month. This should bring down the cost of broadband across the board.

This part concerns the satellite radio providers. AT&T will initiate 10 new trials of wireless Internet access using the 2.3 or 2.5 GHz spectrum. Sirius and XM operate in the 2.3 GHz spectrum. AT&T and BellSouth hold WCS licenses in the 2.3 GHz spectrum, which they are required to buildout by July 2007 or risk losing it. The WCS license holders have requested more time to build out their systems. XM and Sirius are fighting the extension. Both could make use of this spectrum to expand their services.


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XM Receives Certification on a New Receiver

On Monday, October 16, 2006, XM received certification on a new receiver. Since, XM chose to keep the details confidential for 45 days, little is known about the new radio. The FCC ID is RS2-X2G100, so we know that it is part of the XM 2 Go family, likely with 100 hours of recording. It could be the Delphi SkyFi 3; it is difficult to tell. There is no mention of Delphi.

It was also certified as a computer peripheral. I haven't quit got this figured out. Diagrams show the satellite radio and a GPS receiver both connected to a computer. It is not clear that the GPS receiver has anything to do with the satellite radio receiver. Update: In fact, further reading seems to suggest that this is part of the standard test procedure to have two I/O devices connected to the computer at once. It appears that GPS has nothing to do with the satellite radio. Here is the PC Peripheral test report.

Okay, I am starting to recall something. The Inno was referred to the Buna project, IIRC. It was even printed on the circuit board. In some of the related documents, this receiver is referred to as BunaX. So, were are going out on the limb here and say that it is another Pioneer product. Unless it has grown an antenna out the top, it definitely is NOT the SkyFi 3.

Below is the back side of the receiver.
























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Friday, October 13, 2006

Sirius Shuts Down 11 Repeaters

On October 13, 2006, Sirius made a request to operate 11 repeaters. Its a rather curious application. It states that the 11 repeaters are not currently operating. It also states that 10 of the 11 were operating at or below its authorized power and that all but one was operating within 10 miles (~half within 2 miles) of its designated location. Some of the 11 have issues with beamwidth, orientation, sectorization, or height. Sirius shut these 11 repeaters down and is now requesting authority to resume operation of these 11 repeaters.

The repeaters that were shut down are in Akron; Atlanta; Greensboro, NC; Harrisburg; Knoxville; Monterey, CA; Orlando, Pebble Beach, CA; Philadelphia, Lansing, and Wilmington.

Attachment/Exhibit

Also, like XM, Sirius requested an emergency authority to operate these repeaters for the next 30 days.

Attachment/Exhibit

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XM Requests Authority to Add 14 Repeaters

After the bell, on Friday, October 13, 2006, XM filed an application to add 14 repeaters to its network of repeaters over the next one or two years. The repeaters include 3 sites in Boston, 2 in Dallas, 1 in Las Vegas, 1 in Los Angeles, 6 in New York City, and 1 in St. Louis.

STA Request

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XM Files Routine STA to Operate Repeater Network with Modifications

After the bell on Friday, October 13, 2006, XM applied for a 180 Special Temporary Authority to operate its network of repeaters. Both XM and Sirius have to do this every 180 days, nothing unusual. However, in this request, XM proposes to make modifications to the network. There are changes in addition to the ones in its emergency request.

XM also indicates that it plans to construct an additional 112 repeaters--previously authorized-over the next one to two years. Parameters will be slightly modified from the original request. These 112 sites (137 antennae) include: 1 in Atlanta; 24 in Boston; 2 in Buffalo; 2 in Cincinnati; 1 in Columbus; 2 in Dayton; 2 in Detroit; 7 in Hartford; 5 in Houston; 5 in Los Angeles; 3 in Milwaukee; 5 in Minneapolis; 2 in Nashville; 15 in New York City; 8 in Phildephia; 6 in Providence; 3 in Springfield; 2 in Syracuse; and 18 in Washington, DC. These are all previously authorized repeaters that were never built that XM plans to construct in 2007-2008. There were 21 other antennas planned for these sites that will not be built. It appears that XM intends to blanket their home terf as well as that of Sirius' with repeaters. Boston will also be well covered.

XM defends its deployment of repeaters and makes its case that the present and proposed configuration is less problematic to other licensees. It makes the point that it was authorized to build 1,200 but has only built around 800. XM points out that it was authorized to build 100 high power repeaters, but has only built a few. In short, the present request represents a smaller, less powerful network of repeaters. Although some repeaters were operated without authority, no repeaters were ever operated in a market were repeaters were not authorized.

In essense, XM requests authority to operate its network of repeaters as built and operated before the repeaters were turned off or the power turned down a couple of weeks ago. Due to lease expirations and destruction of certain towers, etc, XM seeks to modify the parameters on some existing repeaters and to modify the parameters of repeaters yet to be built.

If granted, XM proposes to return 230 sites covered by the present authority, including 24 high power, 162 medium power, and 44 low power sites.

STA Request

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Understanding the Next Generation of Satellite Radio FM Transmitters

Orbitcast has an excellent write-up on the Next Generation of Satellite Radio FM Transmitters, complete with sketches, where the advantages and disadvantages of each method are discussed.

Please follow the link below:

Understanding the Next Generation of Satellite Radio FM Transmitters [Orbitcast]

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AudioVox Receives Certification on an XPress Lite Satellite Radio Receiver

On October 13, 2006, AudioVox received certification on an XM XPress Lite receiver. Taking XM's lead, they are keeping the details confidential for 45 days, or until they start marketing it.

It was tested in three representative vehicles: Toyota Camery, Nissan Maxima, and a Chrysler Pacifica.

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

OT: Another Toshiba Cell Phone/Media Player

Toshiba had another cell phone/camera/media player certified today. This one is a flip phone called the SoftBank. See the manual translated from Japanese for more information.



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GPS/XM WX Combo Patent Application

A Bushnell patent application was disclosed today, October 12, 2006, for a combination unit for a rugged, portable GPS with weather data tied to location. Although is says that it could work with Sirius or XM or other services, it specifically mentions the XM WX service. I would have to have one of these. This has huge implications for first responders.

It was originally thought to be a Garmin application. No ties can be found back to Garmin. The real applicant is making a conscience effort to hide who they are. Two of the inventors can be tied to Bushnell in Overland Park, Kansas, plus one other inventor that appears on another, similar application. Perhaps Bushnell is planning to enter the GPS market. GPS is not listed as one of their products on their web page, but clearly there are GPS applications tied to Bushnell. There is a Bill Cross and a Richard Ball listed as inventors in the previously linked application. In other applications, there is a John W. Cross, probably the same as Bill Cross. There are also several other applications that tie all the inventors to a Christopher Lalik, not a very common name. Lalik is also listed as a Bushnell inventor.

The legal firm has now been tied to Bushnell. It appears conclusive that this is a Bushnell application.

It appears that Bushnell is going into the GPS/Weather data business.


United States Patent Application 20060229810
Kind Code A1
Cross; John ; et al. October 12, 2006

GPS device and method for displaying weather data

Abstract

A GPS device and method for associating current and forecasted geo-referenced weather data with location data in a hand-held ruggedized GPS device having an integrated weather data receiver, wherein the weather data can be displayed alone, particularly on larger scales, or in conjunction with the location data.


Inventors: Cross; John; (Overland Park, KS) ; Nyhart; Scott; (Shawnee, KS) ; Ball; Richard; (Overland Park, KS) ; DeCastro; John; (Lenexa, KS)
Correspondence Name and Address:
    SPENCER, FANE, BRITT & BROWNE
1000 WALNUT STREET
SUITE 1400
KANSAS CITY
MO
64106-2140
US
Serial No.: 103164
Series Code: 11
Filed: April 11, 2005

U.S. Current Class: 701/213; 701/200
U.S. Class at Publication: 701/213; 701/200
Intern'l Class: G01C 21/00 20060101 G01C021/00



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Honda Patent Application

On October 12, 2006, Honda disclosed a patent application for a payment system for the distribution of data using XM Satellite Radio and WiFi.


United States Patent Application 20060229980
Kind Code A1
Habaguchi; Masayuki October 12, 2006

Payment system and method for data broadcasted from a remote location to vehicles

Abstract

The present invention is directed to a payment system and method for chargeable data that is broadcasted from a remote location. The payment system and method includes a Web site, the remote location (or a broadcasting station), and an end receiver. The Web site is configured to allow for the payment of a limited purchase amount (LPA) and to create and/or provide an encryption code. The LPA specifies an amount of chargeable data that has been purchased. The encryption code specifies the LPA at the time of payment and an authorized receiver associated with the LPA. The end receiver receives and stores the chargeable data broadcasted from the remote location. The end receiver includes an input unit for inputting the encryption code into the end receiver, and it extracts the information specifying the LPA and the authorized receiver from the inputted encryption code. The end receiver then uses an amount of the chargeable data (e.g., a song) from its storage device within the LPA if the extracted information specifying the authorized receiver matches the end receiver.


Inventors: Habaguchi; Masayuki; (Rolling Hills Estates, CA)
Correspondence Name and Address:
    BRIAN M BERLINER, ESQ;O'MELVENY & MYERS, LLP
400 SOUTH HOPE STREET
LOS ANGELES
CA
90071-2899
US
Assignee Name and Adress: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.

Serial No.: 093660
Series Code: 11
Filed: March 29, 2005

U.S. Current Class: 705/40
U.S. Class at Publication: 705/040
Intern'l Class: G06Q 4/00 20060101 G06Q040/00
















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OT: Toshiba Receives Certification for Cell Phone/Organizer

When I saw the FCC ID (SP2-SF4-E02), I thought this might be a cell phone/satellite radio combo called the SkyFi 4. Such is not the case. I thought that I might as well post it as I am sure there are reader here that are interested in new products. Here's a couple of photos of the TS705-G phone. This may just be an update to a previous model.

It is a cell phone, organizer, camera, BlueTooth device, media player, video caller, and video recorder, all in one. It uses a Micro SD memory card. One interesting aspect is that it can be used with Vodafone. I don't know if this is unique. I have never thought about it, but I could use that. I spent $170 last month just on cell phone calls to/from Canada, and that's with an international calling option. The manual is here.

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Sirius Canada Requests Changes to the Canadian Talent Development Funding

According to the Satellite Standard Group, Sirius Canada has gone the same route as XM Canada in requesting a change to how they fund the Canadian Talent Development. For full details, see the application on the CRTC.

Sirius Canada Applies for License Changes [Satellite Standard Group]

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

SkyFi 2 Receives Re-Certification

Today, October 11, 2006, Delphi's SKyFi 2 received re-certification. There is not much more information available since they chose to hold the information confidential, but one can assume that the receiver will employ similar techniques to improve FM reception. The FM Coupler will become known as the Sure Connect.

It was tested in the Cadillac Escalade, Toyota Avalon, and the Nissan Maxima.

The newly certified SkyFi 2 will work in the old SkyFi 2 docking station; however, it will not be optimized for FM modulation. In other words, if you use the FM modulator (wired or not), you will need a new docking station. Direct connection will work as before.

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Sportster 4 Receives New Certification

The Sportster 4 received a new certification today. It uses an FM extender to improve the FM reception. They also refer to a remote radiator, which appears to be just a different name for the FM extender. It appears to be a comparable solution to the one XM just disclosed.

Noticeably absent from the internal photos is the FM loop antenna. However, the FM modulator chip is still there.

The manual has a good sketch of the FM Extender:








Referring to the remote radiator, it underwent in situ testing in 3 vehicles, representing small, medium, and a large vehicles: Accura SX, Honda Accord, and Nissan Quest. It was an interesting choice of cars to say the least. There are pictures of the installations, but the following sketch illustrates it better:












The XM solution appears to be more inconspicuous and more suitable for a conventional vehicle antenna. The Sirius solutions appears to be less daunting to install, but the XM photos may be deceiving. The actual photos of the Sirius installation looked horrible, but this was because the FM Extender appeared to be taped in place. Hopefully, this was done for expediency and not out of necessity.

Let the debate begin over which has the better solution.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Sea-Launch Prepares for XM-4

The web cam at Sea-Launch appears to show preparations for XM-4.

Update:

"Sea Launch is now preparing for our next mission, the launch of the XM-4 broadcast satellite, planned for October 26. Our fourth mission for XM Satellite Radio, we are proud to be the launch service provider of choice for the #1 satellite radio service in the United States."

Current Launch























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Monday, October 09, 2006

Details Out on XM's Recently Certified Radios

The AudioVox, Sportscaster, and XT details are out. For now, here is the link to the coupler manual for the Sportscaster.

Here's a couple of coupler photos from the the Roady XT re-certification. Notice the clip on unit. The glass mount is shown below:

The following is a photo of the FM Direct unit. It seems to be much simpler that my old in-line FM modulator.


Looks like XM has made a real attempt to resolve the FM modulator issue. Although the radio contains an FM modulator, it does not have an internal FM loop antenna like the Ki Ryung radios, such as the Sportster 4. The XM radios should provide much better results.

Here are a few more details contained in the Q&A.

And finally, here are some glass mount photos.


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WCS Coalition Meets with FCC, Complains about XM

On October 05, 2006, members of the WCS Coalition (virtually all of the CONUS WCS license holders except WCS Wireless) met with the FCC to demand a prompt decision from the FCC concerning its request for an extension of time to build out their systems. If not, the WCS license holders will be forced to buildout sub-optimal systems at a high cost.

As anticipated, they used satellite radio and XM in particular as their whipping boy. They were quick to mention XM's recent special temporary authority (STA) concerning repeaters:

"The participants also discussed the history of the Commission’s consideration of Digital Audio Radio Service (“DARS”) terrestrial repeaters, the adverse impact that the failure to establish rules governing those repeaters has had on WCS utilization, and the implications of XM Radio Inc.’s recent admission that is has been operating over two hundred terrestrial repeaters unlawfully."

They complain, yet they refuse to engage XM and Sirius in reaching a solution. Both XM and Sirius have been proactive in attempting to resolve the issues.

Once again, Satellite Radio TechWorld urges the FCC to tell them, "Use It or Lose It".

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Saturday, October 07, 2006

September 2006

Below are the results from Google Analytics for the month of September, 2006. Google Analytics is a tremendous tool. I can't say enough about it. There's a lot more information than the charts below. If you have a blog, I urge you to try it. For better or worse, here are the results:

Google Analytics wasn't used for the first four days of the month, so there were only 26 days covered by the charts above. That works out to be an average of 316 visits and 526 page views per day.

The big spike, of course, is from the Stiletto certification. The Arbitron Personal Meter has the potential to surpass that. It's huge news, news that will rock the advertising world.



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Friday, October 06, 2006

Breaking News: Arbitron Personal Meter

On October 06, 2006, Arbitron received FCC certification on its new Personal Meter for recording one's TV and music listening habits. It's a pretty cool device. It picks up on signals encoded in the music and TV programs and records and timestamps the user's listening habits. It can be worn to acquire this information on the go or placed in its recharger to pick up listening habits in the home. There can be multiple rechargers in the home. The rechargers communicate to a collector via the AC wiring in the home. Once a day, the collector sends the information back to Arbitron via the phone lines (see photo to the right). It is the collector that required FCC certification.


There is more information on the Personal Meter on the Arbitron website. Below is a picture of the wearable device from that website.

The user receives points for wearing the unit. One receives $5 per month just for participating. A bonus is received for wearing it just over an average 14 hours a day. A point is awarded for every 10 minutes of "green light" time. Six hundred points or more earns one an extra $2.50 a month. After 90 days, each participating household member receives a one time $100 gift, plus a $100 annual gift.







For further information, see How to Use Your Personal Meter.

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