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JLeslie's avatar

Does anyone out there have web TV?

Asked by JLeslie (56675points) May 13th, 2011

Can you tell me about it?

Do you like it?

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Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Back in the 90s, when I was a community home health nurse, my elderly patients loved it. It was cheap and easy tech for them and having their email up on a big TV screen made it easy for them to read. They could sit back in their lazy-boy loungers and type away while monitoring it all on the big screen across the room. Many had grandchildren serving in the military abroad and it kept them connected. I had a 93 year old woman who ran her stock portfolio through WebTV. I even gave away a few used set-top units during Christmastime in the late 90s. I think it is now defunct, bought years ago by Microsoft who no longer licenses the sale of the hardware necessary to run it. It is now known as MSN TV, but, as far as I know, they take no new subcribers and provide service only to the dwindling few existing ones. Is it back?

JLeslie's avatar

I was at Best Buy last week, they had a big display. Here is a link. Is it just as good as having cable TV?

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Thanks for the link. It looks good, but I would like a full-size, wireless keyboard. With the old WebTV, all you had to do was change channels and you were back on regular programming provided by whatever cable service you were with. This looks the same, only you might have to contract specifically with Google TV’s service which is an unknown factor in my book. According to the industry, consumers have been craving the integration of TV and the net for a long time, but I always thought they already had it with WebTV and wondered why it disappeared. WebTV was limited, though, no apps like word docs, etc., which I find necessary in my work. But Sony/Google seem to have solved that problem.

It’s definitely worth looking into. If they can also integrate broadband access and customer-specific cable TV content into one cheap monthly bill, that would be good. And instead of having workstations all over the house for everybody, all you should have to do is pick up the nearest keyboard and go to work on one of the house TVs. And different people should be able to access the net independently and simultaneously on different TVs throughout the house, or it’s a no-go, as far as I’m concerned, or you’ll have kids monopolizing it all night while others are waiting to use it, or vice-versa. If you live alone, this wouldn’t be a problem, but that would narrow their market to singles. I would be surprised if they hadn’t addressed that.

SABOTEUR's avatar


Had WebTV before it was purchased by Microsoft.
It was my introduction to the internet as I couldn’t afford a pc back then.

It’s a set top box that allows you to access the web from your tv set
(At least it was…not sure what it does now.)

Had mine back in the day before personal websites became prefab.
You had to learn HTML and stuff, and design your own.

Man, I miss my WebTV…!

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