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More Info On Interactive TV

By rajivvarma in News
Thu Feb 24, 2000 at 04:49:13 PM EST
Tags: Technology (all tags)
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From msnbc.com comes an article that talks about the future of interactive television. It says that 40% of airline tickets in Europe were purchased over the tv. I still prefer my computer, though, to my television, especially when buying stuff.


Talk about must-see TV. Soon, perhaps as early as this summer, you could be using that box in the living room to call your mother, check your stocks, order a pizza and maybe even chat live while watching "Dawson's Creek."

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I would choose my computer over my ... (none / 0) (#9)
by derick on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 11:42:10 PM EST

derick voted 1 on this story.

I would choose my computer over my tv everytime. But, I'm all for giving consumers different options and letting everyone decide for themselves.

I don't think we'll be seeing anyon... (none / 0) (#7)
by driph on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 11:54:15 PM EST

Driph voted 1 on this story.

I don't think we'll be seeing anyone switching from their computers to the television to browse the web. Most likely, as televisions begin to pick up features of computers, and broadband, etc allows computers to become more like TVs, we'll see a merge of the two, the only difference being various features and branding.

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Interactive TV has been the buzz si... (none / 0) (#1)
by rusty on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 11:57:25 PM EST

rusty voted -1 on this story.

Interactive TV has been the buzz since as long as I can remember. And it hasn't happened yet. And dammit, this isn;t even interactive TV. Where's the feature that lets me pick what camera I want to view stuff from? Where's the "pause program so I can answer the phone" button? This is just more repackaged webTV. And from AOl no less! I have no faith in this.

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Interactive TV. WebTV? A Sega Dre... (none / 0) (#3)
by ebunga on Tue Feb 22, 2000 at 12:26:24 AM EST

ebunga voted 0 on this story.

Interactive TV. WebTV? A Sega Dreamcast? I've always thought of video game consoles as interactive TV. Well, I don't know, I guess go ahead and post, although the article intro is longer than the rest of the article.

I know Teletext, did not know that ... (none / 0) (#10)
by Philipp on Tue Feb 22, 2000 at 05:01:00 AM EST

Philipp voted 1 on this story.

I know Teletext, did not know that you can use it to buy stuff over it. Is there anybody in Europe to verify this? I am kinda incredulous.

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blah blah blah... (none / 0) (#11)
by renec on Tue Feb 22, 2000 at 06:17:34 AM EST

renec voted -1 on this story.

blah blah blah

Consumers will find that using an "... (none / 0) (#6)
by bmetzler on Tue Feb 22, 2000 at 08:56:51 AM EST

bmetzler voted 1 on this story.

Consumers will find that using an "interactive tv" is much easier to learn then a PC.
www.bmetzler.org - it's not just a personal weblog, it's so much more.

This was on zdnet yesterday. The ar... (none / 0) (#5)
by hattig on Tue Feb 22, 2000 at 09:55:35 AM EST

hattig voted 1 on this story.

This was on zdnet yesterday. The article is misinformed - Teletext in Europe has been around for 20 years, and is _very_ crude compared to modern systems available from Sky in the UK.

Here is what I said on ZDNet:

Sky Television, in the UK, has been offering interactive television for a while now, via its digital satellite service.

The service is called "Open..." and it doesn't allow full websurfing, but it allows you to shop using the television, and there is a large range of goods to buy, from electrical goods to holidays. The data is sent via the satellite to the receiver, so lots of data can be provided to the service, although you have to use a telephone line to actually order anything (you don't need to go online to navigate the system though). This allows lots of graphics and data, as well as video and audio to be provided with the shops.

E-mail is also provided as standard, and it uses the talk21 email service, and this works quite well with the IR keypads that you can buy.

Obviously, Sky provides the EPGs etc... but in Europe, and especially the UK, we are a long way ahead of the US in terms of television technology now. We even get all of the crap television programmes.

Sky will be replacing their existing set-to-boxes within 3 years to an upgraded specification box, which will probably include web-surfing capabilities, but the web isn't what most people want from this kind of service - they want to shop and read news and information in a simple, easy to navigate manner.

Teletext came out in 1981 IIRC, and for its time it was great, and it is still provided. It is very lame though now, having a 40x25 text screen in 8 colours with blocky graphics. It is useful for a few things, but it will be replaced by even more digital services within the next year or so.

And in reply to someone else:

In the UK, it has caught on massively - over 2million people has iTV systems provided by Sky TV, and the Cable TV operators are bringing out their systems soon.

The UK systems might not provide full web functionality atm, but as many people have pointed out, the TV is not the ideal thing to view the web on! It provides most of what you want though, with some limitations (imposed by the broadcaster though, not the system).

The UK systems are fully upgradable via the satellite as well - the code can be improved and upgraded whenever Sky TV decides that it is necessary. If Sky suddenly thinks that an ICQ a-like would be a great thing to have (messages come over the satellite link to the box, sent messages go out over the phone line, etc) then they can add that functionality easily.

Webtv? Is this the future? I hope ... (none / 0) (#2)
by joeyo on Tue Feb 22, 2000 at 11:01:32 AM EST

joeyo voted 1 on this story.

Webtv? Is this the future? I hope not.

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Isn't this already called web-tv? ... (none / 0) (#4)
by ramses0 on Tue Feb 22, 2000 at 02:04:16 PM EST

ramses0 voted 0 on this story.

Isn't this already called web-tv? The dreamcast has some internet stuff, which is cool. It seems like any simultaneous tv stuff would have to happen on a different screen entirely, or in some kind of picture in a picture (but TV pip-monitors scare me ... bleach for fonts!)
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Interesting. I don't know why it is... (none / 0) (#8)
by xah on Tue Feb 22, 2000 at 07:56:58 PM EST

xah voted 1 on this story.

Interesting. I don't know why it isn't just called "a dumb computer" instead of "a smart TV."

I don't watch TV ... (none / 0) (#12)
by Imperator on Wed Feb 23, 2000 at 07:24:55 AM EST

Imperator voted -1 on this story.

I don't watch TV

There has been a lot of movement to... (none / 0) (#13)
by skim123 on Thu Feb 24, 2000 at 04:49:13 PM EST

skim123 voted 1 on this story.

There has been a lot of movement toward interactive TV, especially this year. For example, did anyone here check out the interactive Superbowl program? Pretty neat. Also, on GO.com, there is a lot of TV-related stuff on the Net. (Disney owns GO/owns ABC/owns ESPN.) While there is more NON-interactive TV options via the Internet (like 20/20, Nightline, etc.) there are interactive shows as well. The one I like is Sam Donaldson's interactive show. On daily. Very neat. THE FUTURE, man! :-)

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