In time for the World Cup which kicks off on June 11, EPL Talk got its hands on a brand-new FLO TV Personal Television. Our goal was to see whether it would be worthwhile for you, the readers, especially for those of you who will be at work or on the road and unable to watch the World Cup games on ESPN and ESPN2 during the tournament.
Watch the above five minute video for a demonstration of how FLO TV works, how it looks and what the quality of the streaming content is like.
The FLO TV Personal Television is a digital handheld device that plays high quality video. The 3.5-inch touchscreen display allows you to scroll through all of the channels available such as ESPN, Comedy Central, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, Nickelodeon and many other networks. But, most important of all, FLO TV will feature a special dedicated World Cup channel during the tournament which will feature a long list of World Cup games as well as other World Cup content and will re-air matches.
You’re probably wondering how much it costs. It retails for $199 and, if you buy now, includes 12 months of service. After the service expires, it’s $4.99 per month.
The quality of both the hardware and the steaming of the video content is exceptional. The device is compact and designed with round edges. It’s not as beautiful as an Apple iPhone, but the FLO TV Personal Television is slightly bigger but feels just as intimate as an iPhone. It weighs approximately 156 grams. The controls are easy to use. On the side of the device, there’s a USB 2.0 port, mute button, headphone jack (it comes with a in-ear headphones) and volume controls. The device also features a stand on the back which is easily flipped to allow your FLO TV Personal Television to stand out a flat surface. The gadget also has stereo speakers
As for the video quality, it plays in QVGA resolution and plays content over the FLO TV Multicast Network. Basically, it’s live mobile TV in the palm of your hand. The UI is a Flash based platform.
As for the on-screen programming guide, it can be a little sensitive at time and takes a little while to get used to (as can be seen in the above video). But with a little patience, the learning curve is pretty minimal.
The battery life is five hours of viewing time. The maximum standby time is 300 hours. There’s an AC adaptor included in the box.
Also included in the box is a micro USB cable, screen cleaning cloth and quickstart guide. As far as colors, the unit is available in either black or silver.
I’ve been using FLO TV Personal Television over the Memorial Day holiday weekend and it was a big hit in my household. I took the device on a 45-minute car trip with my kids and they were kept entertained as they watched Nickelodeon while I was driving in the car. During the past 48 hours, I’ve flipped through the different channels and have encountered no issues with the signal strength and no issues with the video quality. I would highly recommend you check the coverage area map first before you consider whether to buy a unit.
For those of you, like me, who won’t be able to watch all of the World Cup games live in the comfort of our living room, the FLO TV Personal Television is definitely a gadget you will want to seriously consider. Especially those of you who may be restricted from playing ESPN3.com on your work computer. Or for those of you who are on the road. The device is perfect for people who want to watch World Cup games from the privacy of your own office. But no matter where you’ll go, you’ll definitely find that FLO TV will be a lifesaver.
CONTEST. EPL Talk ran a contest to give away one FLO TV Personal Television to a lucky reader. The winner is announced on EPL Talk’s Facebook page. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who entered.