FLO TV Personal Television Brings Mobile TV To Dedicated Screen

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We got a glimpse at FLO TV's future plans at a CES pre-show event inJune, and now everything's really coming into focus. FLO TV providesmobile television services for US carriers--you may have heard of it ifyou have an AT&T smartphone or Sprint TV. But generally speaking,adoption on mobile TV on cellphones has lagged behind in the US, whileit's more openly accepted in international destinations.

In order to bolster interest in its programming services, the companyhas now launched a dedicated FLO TV Personal Television that doesexactly what you'd think it would. It's a portable TV that tunes intoFLO TV programming regardless of where you are in America. Having TV onyour person at all times still seems a bit different here in America,but we think it has a fighting chance to take off.

The device itself is small and light--just 5oz. and 4.4" x 3" x 0.5" insize. It has a 3.5" touch-screen and a built-in battery good forwatching 5 hours of television or standing by for over 300 hours. Ifyou want to change the channel, you simply swipe your finger on thescreen. It also includes an integrated stand for sitting it on yourdesk and watching some TV on company time, built-in stereo speakers andeven a reminder service to catch your favorite shows.

It'll be available soon for $249.99, but you'll have to pay at least $8.99 per month for the TV service. Speaking of which, the service is detailed below.

About FLO TV Personal Television
FLO TV Personal Television subscription service starts as low as theequivalent of $8.99 per month* and the device will be offered at amanufacturer’s suggested retail price of $249.99.  The device has a3.5-inch diagonal screen and measures 4.4 inches by 3 inches by .5inches and weighs just over 5 ounces.  Its battery supports more than 5hours of active FLO TV viewing or 300 hours standby.  The FLO TVPersonal Television utilizes a capacitive touch-screen for easy andcomfortable navigation – users can channel surf with just a swipe oftheir finger.  It also includes several features meant to enhance theTV experience, including a built-in stand allowing the device to bepositioned upright on any flat surface, built-in stereo speakers makingit easy to watch TV with others, and the ability for users to setreminders for their favorite programming.

About the FLO TV Service
Market research firm TeleAnalytics projects that the broadcast mobileTV market will reach $2.8 billion and serve 50 million users in NorthAmerican by 2013.  FLO TV is poised for this market opportunity withits high-quality mobile TV service that allows subscribers to watch TVon-the-go.  Whether you’re commuting, waiting for your child to finishpractice, or you are just an on-the-go active person, as a FLO TVsubscriber you’ll have immediate access to news, sports andentertainment content at your fingertips wherever you go.

From live sports and news to full-length dramas, comedies, children’sprogramming and original FLO TV programming, the FLO TV service hassomething everyone can enjoy.  It carries full–length simulcast andtime–shifted programming from America’s top entertainment brands.  

The FLO TV service programming line-up may differ depending ondistribution platform. Service not available everywhere.  Allprogramming subject to change and blackout restrictions.

*Taxes not included.  Additional fees and charges may apply.  Pricingand service subject to change at any time.  Prepaid subscriptionrequired for 1 year / 3 year plans.  3-year prepaid subscriptionrequired for $8.99 / mo. package.  After the expiration of the originalprepaid subscription, your subscription will automatically renew andyour credit card will be charged at the then-current rate.  Specialintroductory offers and waived activation fee expire 12/31/09.  Allprepaid annual and monthly subscription payments are non-refundable.
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realneil replied on Thu, Oct 8 2009 12:15 PM

"Service not available everywhere"

That means that it will not work where I live and that's too bad.

It's a likable little gadget and the subscription fees are reasonable too.

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Soupstyle replied on Fri, Oct 9 2009 10:48 PM

Looks nice, but it would be good to see pics/video of it in action.

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