Qualcomm ships personal mobile TV


As broadcasters work to roll-out free mobile TV, Qualcomm’s subscription service is moving ahead. The company has shipped its smallest receiver yet, the handheld FLO TV Personal Television to retailers in time for the Christmas buying season.

Measuring 3 inches by 4.4 inches by 0.5 inches and weighing just over 5 ounces, Qualcomm’s publicity says “FLO TV Personal Television is small enough to fit in your pocket while sporting a screen large enough to enjoy a complete television experience.”

The subscription mobile TV service offers full-length simulcast and time-shifted programming from many well-known entertainment brands, including Adult Swim Mobile, CBS Mobile, CNBC, Comedy Central, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, MTV, NBC 2Go and Nickelodeon. FLO TV also offers limited-time bonus channels for special events, premium programs and original content.

The device, which does not receive mobile DTV signals from broadcast stations, is being priced at $249.99, which includes six months of subscription service. “After six months service, the customer’s credit card will automatically be charged the then-current monthly subscription rate,” the company noted.