FLO TV Reviewed

McLEAN, VA.: Qualcomm’s new FLO TV has received a lukewarm review from Edward Baig, technology writer for USA Today. The stand-alone, handheld TV was rolled out by the San Diego, Calif., wireless company last month for use with it’s MediaFLO-based video offering, also known as FLO TV.

It carries a suggested retail price of $249.99, with a three-year subscription programming package going for $9 a month. The channel line-up includes CNBC, Comedy Central, MSNBC, MTV, NBC, NBC 2Go, NBC News, NBC Sports, Nickelodeon, Fox News, CBS Mobile--half the number supplied to AT&T and Verizon through MediaFLO.

He notes that the device doesn’t pick up local channels like “those small battery-operated conventional TVs you might take camping or to a football game.”

Operating the five-ounce device was simple, and the touch screen channel changes happen “fairly instantaneous,” he said. Baig tested the device in the New York city area, where he described coverage as “OK.” As for picture quality, he said the screen was “fuzzy,” and there’s no way to connect the device to a larger monitor.

“For now,” Baig wrote, “its pickings are too slim, the quality of the TV signal is so-so and its price too high.”

His full review is available at USA Today (opens in new tab).
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October 7, 2009: “Qualcomm Rolls Out Handheld FLO TV”
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September 24, 2009: “FLO TV Device Spotted”
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