How Does WebTV Work?

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    Accessing the Internet

    • WebTV, which is now owned and serviced by Microsoft's MSN product, requires a bridge to the Internet. Dial-up service is available from MSN, but broadband requires an existing service. The user must have DSL, cable or fiber optic service, which can be connected to the MSN TV receiver.

    How does WebTV/MSN TV Differ from a Computer?

    • Simply, the MSN TV receiver turns a television into an Internet access point. It does not offer the ability to utilize productivity software or have a hard drive, like a computer. The clear advantage is the viewing space. Most home computers have screen sizes between 15 to 21 inches. A user with a large television could view YouTube videos or digital photos on a high-definition display.

    What Does the WebTV/MSN TV Offer?

    • The MSN TV unit offers basic Internet services: email, World Wide Web access and instant message capabilities. The MSN TV receiver has USB inputs, which allow digital photos to be uploaded from a digital camera and into e-mail. In addition, the MSN TV receiver can be integrated into a home network and access music, videos and photos from another computer on the network.

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