From the Register, AOL has decided to sell set-top boxes that will enable people to use many features of the web from their TV. Included features are email, IM, and chat and has been dubbed AOLTV.
The package includes a Philips Electronics set-top box, and a wireless keyboard or universal remote control, and is being hailed - by the company at least - as a “major step forward in America Online’s ‘AOL Anywhere’ strategy”.
Existing AOL members can get the service for an additional $14.95 per month. All others can expect to pay $24.95 per month.
Critics of the service point to the unconvincing performance of Microsoft’s WebTV service and believe AOL could suffer a similar response.
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