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    What's going to happen to FLO TV?

    Now that ATSC-MPH is the new standard, does that mean FLO TV is going to continue service?



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    O-O , you are confusing distribution systems. Flow is sent over existing cell frequencies by the cell company for which they charge you just like you were on cable.

    MPH uses TV OTA frequencies where local stations provide their content free to mobile device.

    They are as different as cable TV and OTA, different frequencies, different transmission formats, one is local only, one is national. The only thing similiar is both are wireless, but so is satellite for that matter. Satellite is paid over the air TV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Piggie View Post
    O-O , you are confusing distribution systems. Flow is sent over existing cell frequencies by the cell company for which they charge you just like you were on cable.

    MPH uses TV OTA frequencies where local stations provide their content free to mobile device.

    They are as different as cable TV and OTA, different frequencies, different transmission formats, one is local only, one is national. The only thing similiar is both are wireless, but so is satellite for that matter. Satellite is paid over the air TV.
    Just got to reading this thread today now.

    Piggie, I meant that FLO is a pay service, and now that we're going to see free mobile TV signals OTA, isn't that going to have an effect on FLO TV? Same with VCast from Verizon. I think they're going to need to lower their pricing for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by O-O View Post
    Just got to reading this thread today now.

    Piggie, I meant that FLO is a pay service, and now that we're going to see free mobile TV signals OTA, isn't that going to have an effect on FLO TV? Same with VCast from Verizon. I think they're going to need to lower their pricing for sure.
    I missed it yesterday as well.

    We all have assumed that OTA MPH will be in cell phones. They are the logical target for the service because the cell crowd has gotten used to one device.

    But the cell companies make money of their cut of pay TV services via cell phone towers. (they use the same transmitter you text and talk on so they own it, control it, charge for it.).

    Now the OTA MPH will be out of their control. On different towers, they dont own and it's a free service.

    The only reason they would add MPH to a cell phone if customers demand it and demands it hard, as once they turn on the service their revenue stream from pay TV is gone.

    I am not sure they will be able to charge per program or per channel, but they could make the feature lock in the phone so unless you pay up front to have it unlocked it won't work. Heck some like Verizion if they follow their precedent will never unlock it, leaving a turned off feature. After all they were the king of turning off download pictures to your PC so you would have to pay to send them to your PC per their messaging system.

    I am purely guessing but I bet the first devices will be stand only MPH only receivers with nothing built in but maybe some games. It would be a good add on to a hand held game machine.

    I will have to actually see a cell company buy phones that have it integrated. Then see them not lock out the feature before I believe the first place we will see MPH is in cell phones.
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    If they can get the aftermaket navigation unit makers and even Car companies to start implementing MPH into cars too, I think cell phones will follow. It's kind of hard to gauge how the public will accept it though.

 

 

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