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Live Pics: MediaFLO for AT&T on the LG Vu and Samsung Access

 

So we all heard last week that MediaFLO was finally making its way to AT&T next month. This is great news for existing and potential AT&T customers who have been waiting for a high-quality live TV service from the carrier. At CTIA, MediaFLO had little booth tucked away with two Verizon handsets on display and more importantly, two AT&T handsets. As MediaFLO doesn’t utilize cellular data networks for its service, handsets must be modified to include the dedicated guts before they can receive the service. As such, this is not a television service that all devices will have access to unfortunately. The bright side for those who don’t know, is that MediaFLO is real live television and not some lame mobile-only channel lineup with humdrum programming. The first two handsets to receive the MediaFLO treatment are no duds. The Samsung Access handles the service quite nicely and the LG Vu is a true joy when it comes to consuming media. The Vu, which debuted at CTIA, packs a terrific 3-inch display (although we wish it handled more than 262K colors) and the touch-factor makes MediaFLO guide and menu operation a joy. Reaction time in terms of lag between channel changes is not bad at all on either device; a second or two at most. The clarity is fantastic as well, especially on the generous Vu display. AT&T’s initial offering will consist of six standard MediaFLO channels along with two exclusive channels that only AT&T customers will be able to enjoy. MediaFLO is always expanding its coverage area so if you’re not one of the lucky ones right now, hopefully they’ll have you covered soon.

Click on over to our AT&T MediaFLO: LG Vu and Samsung Access gallery!

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.