Sirius Offers To Fix Receivers Not In Compliance
August 12, 2008 at 5:54 AM (PT)
As part of their agreement to allow a merger with XM, SIRIUS has addressed a technical issue in a letter to subscribers, outlining "fixes" for SIRIUS radios that use FM spectrum, which exceeded FCC limits.
"Dear SIRIUS Subscriber:
Your SIRIUS radio contains an FM transmitter that allows it to operate wirelessly through your car FM radio. We have determined that the output of this transmitter exceeds the limits established by the FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC). As a result, the unit may interfere with the performance of radios operating in areas adjacent to your radio. There are no health or safety concerns associated with this issue.
If you listen to your SIRIUS radio wirelessly through your vehicle's FM radio, then please review the solutions listed below and select the one that works best for you. SIRIUS will provide you the best solution at no cost.
If you use your SIRIUS radio only when docked in a boombox, or directly connected to your car radio or home stereo using audio cables or a cassette tape adapter, then no interference can occur and no further action is required, provided you have turned off your FM transmitter."
Read the full letter here.
The NAB, which had complained in the past about the issue, had "no comment" when contacted by ALL ACCESS.