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Sprint Confirms VUE Test Uses MediaFLO

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Oct 10, 2006, 12:05 PM   by (staff)

Sprint has confirmed that it is testing Qualcomm's MediaFLO mobile broadcast technology. The carrier was recently discovered to be trialing the service called VUE, with a Samsung TV phone modified for use in the US. The service is not a user-selected download or stream like Sprint TV. Instead it is a set of digital TV channels transmitted over a frequency separate from Sprint's cellular spectrum which a user can tune into. If trials are successful, Sprint is likely to join Verizon as a FLO launch partner. Verizon's MediaFLO trials have not been discussed or leaked, however the carrier was announced as Qualcomm's first partner for the service.

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Oct 10, 2006, 2:41 PM

Can anybody tap into this?

Is this like old analog TV broadcast where anybody who has an antenna can pick up the signal. I guess what Im getting at is, anybody with this feature on their phone can get the signal for free. Or is Sprint going to make you sign up for the service if you buy a compatable phone. I wondering how they are going to stop third party companies from making portable TV players to tap into the signal
I think its going to be IP based. Just like V-cast service. Its not broadcast, its Datacast.
Since it's supposed to be a digital signal, it's not going to be like analog! 🙂 Meaning, it will be restricted for reception. It's not going over standard DTV frequencies. I'm sure there are plenty of restrictions in place, such as signal e...
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