No mo’ Flo

Qualcomm is reportedly shutting down its Flo TV service within the next few months. Qualcomm’s Flo store is already offline.

Flo is the mobile DTV service launched by Qualcomm over the old channel 55 frequency. (Houston’s channel 55, KTBU, now uses the channel 42 frequency.) Qualcomm won channel 55 nationwide with a winning $38 million bid in Auction 44 in 2002.

The Flo service, available through AT&T and Verizon Wireless, carries lower-resolution mobile versions of ABC, Adult Swim, CBS, CNBC, CNN, Comedy Central, Discovery, Disney Channel, ESPN, Fox, Fox News, MSNBC, MTV, Tr3s, NBC, Nickelodeon and TLC, plus two service-specific entertainment channels.

Posted on October 4, 2010, in Up and Down the Dial and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. The service isn’t completely going away. It’s still being offered through Verizon and AT&T. Only the standalone “Flo TV” branded service is going away.

    • True. But they’re hedging that statement.

      “Service provided to handsets purchased through wireless operators is unaffected at this time.”

      And then…

      “In the event of a discontinuance of service, FLO TV will make appropriate refunds, the details of which will be communicated prior to discontinuation.”

      I figure as long as they’re getting enough money from ATT and VZW, they’ll keep the lights on as long as they can.

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