It’s no T-Mo, but AT&T picks up Qualcomm airwaves

The FCC approved Qualcomm’s sale of its 700 MHz spectrum to AT&T. The deal is striking for two reasons; it closes a big chapter in the history of mobile TV and the FCC said it will look at interoperability in LTE bands next year.

Qualcomm’s Paul Jacobs on MediaFLO’s Value

Qualcomm is looking at options for its MediaFLO mobile television service, which represents an investment of hundreds of millions of dollars but never performed as well as the chipmaker hoped. In late June I sat down with Paul Jacobs, Qualcomm’s CEO, who discussed MediaFLO at length.

Coming Soon: 2 Ways to Watch “American Idol” On the Go

The Open Mobile Video Coalition said today that it will begin broadcasting over-the-air mobile television to devices in Washington, D.C., later this summer. Also today, Qualcomm (s QCOM), which operates a competing over-the-air television technology, said it’s licensed its FLO software to ProTelevision Technologies (formerly Philips TV Test Equipment). That means Qualcomm’s MediaFLO technology could become available in more devices than the five or six cell phones that can currently receive the signal. While both announcements are big news for competing efforts in the nascent mobile television industry, the success of each venture may depend on which effort can win the rights to broadcast hot content to mobile watchers. For more, check out the post over at GigaOM.

Coming Soon: 2 Ways to Watch “American Idol” On the Go

The Open Mobile Video Coalition said today that it will begin broadcasting over-the-air mobile television to devices in Washington, D.C., later this summer. Also today, Qualcomm (s QCOM), which operates a competing over-the-air television technology, said it’s licensed its FLO software to ProTelevision Technologies (formerly Philips TV Test Equipment). That means Qualcomm’s MediaFLO technology could become available in more devices than the five or six cell phones that can currently receive the signal.
While both announcements are big news for competing efforts in the nascent mobile television industry, it hardly seems worth fighting for the current crop of mobile TV users, which is miniscule. Read More about Coming Soon: 2 Ways to Watch “American Idol” On the Go