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Rumor: Qualcomm to Shut FLO TV

On the eve of the CTIA conference in San Francisco, Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) is reportedly preparing to shut down its direct-to-consumer FLO TV service.

PaidContent reports that FLO TV staff have been informed that the service will be switched off by the end of the year.

Qualcomm is also in discussion with AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Wireless about the future of its MediaFLO white-label mobile TV service, which still continues, according to the report.

Earlier this year, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs had said that the company was open to selling the mobile TV unit or partnering with a service provider to operate the service. The wireless technology company had never really wanted to be a service provider. (See Qualcomm Open to Selling FLO TV Unit and Seeking 3G Alternatives for Mobile TV.)

The FLO TV service has struggled to win over consumers to sign up for subscriptions and buy specialized devices.

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:21:56 PM
re: Rumor: Qualcomm to Shut FLO TV

Qualcomm issued a statement today, confirming that it's shutting down direct-to-consumer sales of FLO TV. It said that it will maintain the network, so the 10 people that bought FLO TV devices will have service until Spring 2011. Customers through the wireless operators won't be effected. FLO TV employees will be effected though with layoffs on the way.

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