FLO TV debuts dedicated handheld device
Qualcomm's FLO TV mobile broadcasting unit announced the introduction of its FLO TV Personal Television, a dedicated handheld device promising consumers on-the-go access to live and time-shifted news, sports, children's programming and entertainment content. The device--priced at $249.99, with subscription services beginning at $8.99 per month--receives content over the FLO TV dedicated multicast network with no buffering, downloading or waiting; it features a capacitive, 3.5-inch touchscreen allowing users to channel surf with a swipe of their finger. FLO TV Personal Television, which weighs a bit over 5 oz., also includes a built-in stand for upright positioning, built-in stereo speakers and tools to set reminders in advance of favorite programming. Its battery supports more than five hours of active viewing or 300 hours on standby.
FLO TV currently offers full-length simulcast and time-shifted programming from networks including CNBC, Comedy Central, MSNBC, MTV, NBC, NBC 2Go, NBC News, NBC Sports and Nickelodeon.