Today, the FLO TV Personal Television is hitting retail stores and web sites, though only time will tell how the reaction is. This device is a niche device if there ever were one, as it not only does mobile TV alone, but it's a completely separate device from your phone. In other words, users who want to watch TV on the go through this will have to lug it around in addition to their phone, laptop, etc.
The device itself--which we detailed here--will sell for $249.99, and at least through the holiday season, that price will include 6 months of free TV service. After that, you'll have to pay $8.99 per month or more for continued service, and that low price requires a 3-year contract to the service. We suspect we already know the answer, but would you be interested in buying into something such as this?
FLO TV Personal Television is the first portable digital television to offer all these features in one package:
- Dedicated portable television. Measuring 3 inches by 4.4 inches by 0.5 inches and weighing just over 5 ounces, FLO TV Personal Television is small enough to fit in your pocket while sporting a screen large enough to enjoy a complete television experience.
- Live mobile TV from America's best content providers. FLO TV offers full-length simulcast and time-shifted programming from the world's best 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.
- A dedicated, nationally available mobile television network. The FLO TV service is available through a dedicated multicast network so millions of consumers can simultaneously get amazingly high-quality video and audio in real time without streaming, buffering or downloads.
- A capacitive touch-screen. Users control the device with intuitive swipe gestures. The oleophobic glass lens keeps the 3.5-inch QVGA display crisp and clear.
- Long battery life. With more than five hours of viewing time and 300 hours on standby, the FLO TV Personal Television can be used for extended viewing or on long trips.
- An easy to share experience. With a large screen, built-in adjustable viewing stand and integrated stereo speakers, FLO TV Personal Television can entertain you whenever you want and wherever you are. FLO TV Personal Television is a dedicated device so it's easy to share with family and friends.