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MediaFLO was a technology developed by Qualcomm to transmit audio, video and data to portable devices, such as cell phones and personal televisions, used for mobile television . In the United States, the service powered by this technology was called FLO TV .

In October 2010, Qualcomm announced that it was suspending new sales of the service to consumers. In December 2010, AT&T announced that it will purchase Qualcomm FCC licenses on the 700 MHz band. FLO TV stopped the service on March 27, 2011.

End of service

On July 21 2010, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs said the company planned to sell its MediaFLO business or spectrum, or find a partner. The company predicted that the total cost to launch the service would be $ 800 million, including the $ 683 million that the San Diego Union-Tribune says Qualcomm paid for the spectrum. At the time, the service covered up to 68 million people, but many analysts confirmed that the project was losing money.

On October 5 2010, Qualcomm signaled the end of the FloTV service, declaring that there would be no more sales of devices to consumers. Qualcomm indicated that the service would be up and running at least until spring 2011, but could be shut down at any time after that. The company said the MediaFLO spectrum could be used for electronic magazines or newspapers, although such services could be offered alongside existing broadcast channels. Qualcomm had even sought out software developers for possible solutions.

On December 20 2010, AT&T announced that it would purchase Qualcomm's FCC licenses on the 700 MHz band and that the FLO TV service would be closed on March 27, 2011.

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