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Minitel, Prodigy, now Web TV reaches the end
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 08, 2013 08:14AM
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So if your grandparents are still using it, alas, it's gonna go away. Good opportunity to iPad them.
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Re: Minitel, Prodigy, now Web TV reaches the end
Posted by: deckeda
Date: July 08, 2013 09:09AM
Speaking of iPads, Wikipedia says some of Web-TV's co-creator's technologies is inside of it and many other things. Read about Steve Perlman. A busy guy!
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Re: Minitel, Prodigy, now Web TV reaches the end
Posted by: Robert M
Date: July 08, 2013 09:10AM
cbelt,

Yikes. I thought that had gone the way of the dinosaur years ago. In a way, I'm sad to see it go because I know it provided simple access to email and basic internet services to a number of people. These aren't people like us. We're talking people who don't want or need a computer. They want just a simple, convenient way to access the Internet.

Microsoft seems to want people to get a computer but I don't think the people in this market will be interested in them. They want something more basic and I'm betting they'll turn to set-top boxes, Smart TVs, boxes provided by cable providers (regular cable, FIOS, etc) and tablets.

If I remember correctly, MSN TV (formerly WebTV) doubled as an ISP. All of the solutions except for tablets with cellular require external access to the Internet. The question is which company will come out with a box or update their existing box with features geared to this market.

Robert



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/08/2013 09:12AM by Robert M.
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Re: Minitel, Prodigy, now Web TV reaches the end
Posted by: D. Lawson
Date: July 08, 2013 12:43PM
Today is also AltaVista's last day.

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Re: Minitel, Prodigy, now Web TV reaches the end
Posted by: Rolando
Date: July 08, 2013 07:59PM
I used to email my then friend/gilrfriend /now wife on her WebTV from my Powerbook. It was crazy. OTOH, a friend of mine told me he wanted an awesome gaming PC for $2 grand. This was preHDTV, so I recommended a big screen TV, a Playstation and a WebTV. He had fund with them!



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