New York – XM Satellite Radio gave the go-ahead to suppliers to resume the manufacture of three of its most popular plug-and-play tuners – the Audiovox Xpress, Delphi RoadyXT, and XM Sportscaster – now that the FCC has OK’d the devices’ FM transmitter outputs, which enable nearby FM radios to reproduce XM broadcasts.
The manufacture of five other XM products was suspended earlier this month while XM determined which models it will submit to the FCC for approval, a spokesman said. They are the MyFi, Airware, Tao, Roady 2, and SkyFi2. XM radios already in the retail stream, however, continue to be sold at retail, the spokesman added.
The FCC has been investigating whether FM transmitters in XM and Sirius devices and in third-party accessories exceed maximum output levels.
Referring to the three newly certified products, XM said that the products “are expected to be available at retail for the holiday shopping season.” For these products, the FCC “issued new grants of authority…after determining that the radios are in compliance with FCC regulations,” XM said. “At this time, we will not comment on the technical details of the solution,” a spokesman added.