Qualcomm offers refunds for mobile TV gadgets

Dec 10, 2010 By PETER SVENSSON , AP Technology Writer

(AP) -- Qualcomm is offering to refund customers who bought its portable TV sets, ahead of shutting down the broadcasts on March 27.

Qualcomm's FLO TV service is the only subscription-based broadcast in the U.S. designed for portable gadgets. It's been live since 2007, but has never garnered much interest from customers.

The San Diego-based company is offering full refunds for its battery-powered portable TV set, an Audiovox-branded portable DVD player/TV set and an in-car entertainment system.

Running FLO TV cost $132 million in the latest quarter. It has said that shutting it down will reduce earnings next year by $125 million to $175 million.

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