FLO TV parent Qualcomm confirmed it is suspending the sale of FLO TV devices to consumers.
It will continue to keep the FLO TV pay TV programming running until Spring 2011 for those who already own a FLO TV-ready device (including some cellular phones). When it stops service it “will make appropriate refunds,” with details to be announced.
Qualcomm Pulls Plug on FLO TV
Bad news here on FLO TV. Qualcomm will shut down its FLO TV paid TV service by the end of the year, and Audiovox is expected to stop selling its car stereo FLO TV tuner system.
Several key car audio Web sites have taken down their FLO TV car audio products from Audiovox.
The Web site paidContent is reporting that FLO TV employees were informed last week by Bill Stone, president of MediaFlo and FLO TV that the pay TV service to portables and car devices—will shut down by year’s end.
We were informed by two reliable sources that Audiovox is contacting retailers asking them to stop selling FLO TV equipment. Three sources said that customers will be offered a buy-back on the Audiovox equipment by Qualcomm and they will be given a partial reimbursement on the fees they paid for the TV service.
The actual FLO TV service is expected to continue to operate until March/April 2011, said two sources.
An Audiovox spokesman said the company had no comment on the matter at this time.
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Source: paidContent.org and CEoutlook