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.
For example, you’ll be able to interact with the advertisements you see while watching your FLO TV. If you want to know more about a particular show, you go ahead and navigate your way through the advertisement. And, if somewhere in there you find something you’d actually like to purchase, you’ll be able to do all of that right from the interactive ad. On top of that, you’ll also be given the chance to pay-as-you-go, which should offer up some flexibility for users out there. Which means if you’re not a fan of subscription-based TV, but you really want to catch that latest episode of that really great series, you’ll be given the chance to pay for it in one shot, and watch it at your convenience.
But, probably best of wall, is the time-shifted viewing, which means you’ll get the same features as a DVR. That’s right: pause, rewind, and fast forward (obviously, from a previous position, or to catch up to “live” TV). You’ll be able to store your shows on a FLO TV mobile device, which will give you the ability to watch your favorite shows, even if you’re not in a coverage area. There’s no word in the presser which currently running devices will get the fantastic upgrade, but we’ve got our fingers crossed that they’ll figure out a way to get it on at least most of them. We should start seeing more details some time in the second half of this year, so keep your ear to the ground. Full press release just below.
FLO TV to Expand its Offering with Interactive Capabilities, On-demand Content and Time-shifted Viewing
LAS VEGAS, April 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — FLO TV Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), today announced at the 2010 NAB Show in Las Vegas (Booth #SU1424) that it is working to enhance its mobile TV service with new applications that integrate video with Web-based content and social media tools. The expanded capabilities are in response to the ways in which consumers today are simultaneously viewing and interacting with content.
“With consumers’ mobile entertainment habits evolving rapidly, FLO TV will be integrating its current live linear video with relevant, on-demand content and interactive features that complement the programming viewers are watching in real-time,” said Bill Stone, president of FLO TV. “Our innovative, nationwide multicast network is at the heart of this solution and will allow us to distribute live mobile TV and rich mobile media services to a range of new devices – from smartbooks to e-readers and tablets.”
In addition to integrated experiences, FLO TV announced an expanded suite of mobile TV services, including interactive capabilities, pay-per-day and event passes, and time-shifted viewing options. The new features will be available on the FLO TV™ service across a range of mobile devices in the second half of 2010. New service applications will include:
* Interactive features that will enable users to interact with programming and advertising, allowing consumers to click for more information about a show or click to buy an advertised product.
* Pay-per-day passes designed to offer pay-as-you-go flexibility, providing consumers the ability to watch the FLO TV service without committing to a recurring monthly subscription. Event passes will provide an easy way for existing FLO TV subscribers to add premium content such as limited engagement, special events to their programming lineup.
* Time-shifted viewing, or ‘catch-up TV,’ that will allow popular shows to be stored on FLO-enabled mobile devices, thereby granting viewers the ability to watch their favorite shows on-demand, even outside of a coverage area.
At a time when mobile devices such as smartphones, e-readers and tablets are proliferating and data consumption is increasing, FLO TV’s nationwide network can alleviate cellular network congestion to meet the growing consumer demand for mobile media access across a wide range of devices.
The FLO TV service is currently available on multiple platforms, including mobile handsets and the recently launched FLO TV Personal Television, the first-ever portable digital television with a dedicated network. In collaboration with Audiovox, FLO TV also offers FLO TV Auto Entertainment, an in-vehicle entertainment system that delivers high-quality mobile TV.
Service not available everywhere. Programming subject to change / blackout restrictions. Service subscription required. “Live mobile television” means the FLO TV service transmits channels in real time; no downloading, sideloading or buffering.
About FLO TV
The FLO TV service combines the best content, an intuitive user interface and a superior multicast network to deliver a true quality TV viewing experience for consumers. FLO TV offers full-length simulcast and time-shifted programming from the world’s best entertainment brands, including ABC Mobile, Adult Swim Mobile, CBS, CNBC, CNN Mobile, COMEDY CENTRAL, Disney Channel, ESPN Mobile TV, FOX Mobile, FOX News Channel, msnbc, MTV, NBC 2Go and nickelodeon. Based in San Diego, Calif., FLO TV Incorporated is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. Further information is available at www.flotv.com. Follow us via Twitter: www.twitter.com/flotv and Facebook: www.facebook.com/flotv.
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