Mobile Video Qualcomm’s much-hyped Flo TV mobile video platform has been a hugely expensive flop and now the chipmaker wants to unload the whole thing. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to write off mobile TV altogether. In fact, the idea, which has been around since Dick Tracy first strapped on his 2-way wristwatch, may be poised for a reinvention.
Qualcomm’s mistake, like others who tried mobile TV before it, was to base its platform on wireless technology. It spent upwards of $750 million on dedicated spectrum for the service, then millions more building transmission towers and other infrastructure, all on the come before content owners and distributors had committed to making programming available for mobile. Read More »