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Qualcomm axing FLO TV consumer services?

Qualcomm axing FLO TV consumer services?

Join us in shedding an ironic half-tear for FLO TV, Qualcomm's little-loved streaming TV service, which according to PaidContent will be axing its direct-to-consumers service by the end of the year.  Their sources say that staff in the MediaFLO division were informed of the decision late last week, and that Qualcomm is currently in talks with AT&T and Verizon over the white-label services they offer each carrier.

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MediaFLO gets useful: data-casting next step says Qualcomm

MediaFLO gets useful: data-casting next step says Qualcomm

It's fair to say we've never been huge fans of Qualcomm's MediaFLO system, the company's broadcast TV technology which aims to rival data-based IPTV services to mobile devices.  Now, though, it seems Qualcomm has finally come up with a decent application for MediaFLO: at their IQ 2010 event in London this morning, the company revealed they're now looking at using MediaFLO for data-casting, offloading regular network traffic and reducing congestion.

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FLO TV up for sale as Qualcomm look to cut loose mobile TV

FLO TV up for sale as Qualcomm look to cut loose mobile TV

Qualcomm may still be storming ahead with their Snapdragon mobile chipsets and wireless modules, but poor old FLO TV isn't bringing home the bacon.  The mobile TV service - which hasn't won much in the way of industry admiration - is struggling to gain traction, and Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs has admitted that the company is in early discussions with others with regards a potential sale.

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How to Save Mobile TV

How to Save Mobile TV

Honestly, it might be too late to save mobile TV, at least in the U.S., where the broadcast network for mobile devices has yet to catch on like it has in Asian countries such as Japan and South Korea. The competition is fierce, and growing almost daily, and mobile broadcast TV service offers few benefits over its competitors.

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FLO TV to Begin Offering Interactive Features and Time-Shifted Viewing

FLO TV to Begin Offering Interactive Features and Time-Shifted Viewing

Ever felt like you needed TV while you were on the go? After all, you've got pretty much everything else right there in the palm of your hand, so why not the stuff that gets streamed to that big ol' TV set in your living room? While there are all sorts of ways for you to do this, FLO TV might be the best way to get it done. And now, with some additional features heading down the pipe, it looks like they are getting a lot better.

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Audiovox FLO TV DVD player coming; Doubled sports programming in 2010

Audiovox FLO TV DVD player coming; Doubled sports programming in 2010

We already knew that mophie and Qualcomm had joined forces to produce the mophie Juice Pack FLO TV edition, giving iPhone and iPod touch owners a way to not only recharge their handsets but watch live mobile TV on them too.  However Qualcomm have now announced that Audiovox - who already offer FLO TV functionality in some of their installed ICE systems - will be launching a new portable DVD player with integrated FLO TV later in 2010.  The chipset manufacturer also announced new content for the service.

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FLO TV on iPhone with new mophie juice pack

FLO TV on iPhone with new mophie juice pack

We've been more than a little dismissive of Qualcomm's FLO TV Personal Television, with SlashGear columnist Michael Gartenberg summing up most of our doubts when he asked why you'd want to carry a separate, dedicated device.  Now, thanks to a deal with mophie, the FLO TV prospect has just got a whole lot more interesting: iPod touch and iPhone juice pack sleeves that add not only a backup battery but FLO TV live television receiving on the Apple handhelds.

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Personal Television is a little blurry for now

Personal Television is a little blurry for now

In a world that's short on all sorts of resources from oil and gas to water, recently we've been asked to cut down our use yet more. Last week, Ralph de la Vega said heavy users of music over data on the AT&T wireless network were bandwidth hogs, that 3% of smartphone users were using 40% of his capacity and frankly, we need to all cut back just a bit. Spectrum is among the few things that they're not making any more of and, with more users than ever, it's going to be hard to come up with the capacity needed to keep everyone happy. One solution to this is to shift some of the capacity off of current networks and come up with new broadcast models for content distribution. The folks at FloTV have done just that. The service has been around for a bit, mostly on handsets from AT&T that carry support for the service. In a reverse trend the FloTV folks have gone from the phone to creating a dedicated device for the service.

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