WebTV, now owned by Microsoft, was one of the first entries in the much publicized convergence
of the World Wide Web with television. You buy a set-top box similar to a cable TV box, then sign
up with the WebTV access service and browse Web pages using a WebTV's browser
and a hand-held control. A keyboard is provided optionally. WebTV uses your television set as an
output device; the signals arrive, however, through a modem
and a telephone line at 33.6 Kbps
(Classic model) or 56 Kbps (Plus model).
The most recent WebTV service includes support for frames (with
Relay Chat (IRC), and other Web technology.
This was last updated in April 2005
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