FLO TV has teamed up with accessory maker mophie to bring mobile television to the iPhone and iPod touch.
FLO TV’s mobile television receiver will be built in to mophie’s back-up battery case, allowing iPhone and iPod touch users to watch live television on their device with the flip of a switch. FLO TV says the Apple-certified cases are expected to begin shipping in the first half of 2010.
“We are uniting our vision of advancing mobile TV across a range of devices and platforms with mophie’s unrivaled expertise in designing intelligent cases for Apple users,” said Bill Stone, president of FLO TV, in a statement. “Together, our solution will be a true live mobile TV product available to iPhone and iPod touch users.”
FLO TV, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, has struggled to raise the profile of its mobile television service. It has expanded its existing partnerships with AT&T and Verizon Wireless and launched its own mobile television device in an effort to increase consumer adoption. The service has been hampered by low-resolution, limited availability and a small channel lineup.