MediaFLO's Failing Attempt to be High Tech

Qualcom's "MediaFLO" project has been in the works for several years. It's a technology that broadcasts live video to cell phones, using a band of frequencies that will be vacated once analog television goes away on Feb 17.

With the Consumer Electronics Show going on in Vegas right now, Qualcom is seizing the opportunity to start hyping their system to the throngs of techno-geeks. The boys at Endgadget have had a chance to check out the new technology up close and the verdict is that it's not all it's cracked up to be:

We weren't terribly impressed with the video quality; generally speaking, DVD is probably the better entertainment option here, but if live shows are a must-have for you, this is just about the only cheap, easy way to roll. ...Pricing hasn't been announced; if we had to guess, we'd figure on something like $20 per month, so you'd better really desperately need blurry TV when the drive gets boring.

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