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AT&T buying Qualcomm’s FLO spectrum licenses

Multichannel News is reporting that AT&T is stepping in to buy Qualcomm’s 700 MHz spectrum (the old analog channel 55) to use for its 4G services.

March 27, 2011 will be the last day for FLO branded services.

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Rebates coming for Flo customers

Engadget is reporting that Flo TV is offering rebates to Flo branded device owners in partial compensation for the pending shutdown of the service.

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.