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WebTV/MSN TV shutting down


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#1 OFFLINE   dpeters11

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 12:42 PM

In case anyone knows someone still using this service, it's shutting down at the end of September.

 

http://www.msntv.com...ureFAQ.asp#faq1



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Posted 07 July 2013 - 01:23 PM

Too  bad for old people.  I paid my late mother's Web/MSNTV subscription for a decade ($23/mo., as I recall) because it was absolutely goof-proof and, on a twisted pair, didn't give her information any faster than she could assimilate it.  There were times when I was tempted to get her on broadband, but then, when I would think of how many times a day I command my computer to do something but it doesn't do it, I just knew I would be getting daily phonecalls from her if she had a regular internet service like mine.


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#3 OFFLINE   dennisj00

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 01:50 PM

$23 a month??  Surely not. . .



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Posted 07 July 2013 - 02:03 PM

AOL was maybe $25 or $26 a month back then...

 

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 02:37 PM

And there was something to be said for extremely simple, no need to update software etc. 

 

I've lately been tempted to get my father a Chromebook. My mother is the one with the computer knowledge. I tried to get him to get off Lycos webmail, he insisted that any email address had to be his real name for his online banking.

 

Fortunately I can just use a Logmein rescue account and get into their systems to fix things.



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Posted 07 July 2013 - 05:05 PM

Flood of memories for me. I purchased a Philips Web TV unit 16 years ago month before last. For what it was and the time frame I used it, it was a perfect fit. Eventually I came to the conclusion that I was delaying the inevitable so I did pick up my first PC, Win 98 SE.

 

For those who are looking at a comparable low-cost Internet device to replace Web/MSN TV, I'd recommend the Google TV devices. Of course dial-up is no longer an option, thank God. I have to admit seeing the announcement here did cause a flood of nostalgia, like looking up the log-in vid on YouTube: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=N-sVbegqvxg, but as far as pining for it again the way some over-the-top posters say they do, no way!


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Posted 08 July 2013 - 06:00 PM

Flood of memories for me. I purchased a Philips Web TV unit 16 years ago month before last. For what it was and the time frame I used it, it was a perfect fit. Eventually I came to the conclusion that I was delaying the inevitable so I did pick up my first PC, Win 98 SE.

 

For those who are looking at a comparable low-cost Internet device to replace Web/MSN TV, I'd recommend the Google TV devices. Of course dial-up is no longer an option, thank God. I have to admit seeing the announcement here did cause a flood of nostalgia, like looking up the log-in vid on YouTube: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=N-sVbegqvxg, but as far as pining for it again the way some over-the-top posters say they do, no way!

 

i thought webtv/msn shut down years ago.  but i got a philips webtv unit back in october 1997.  thought it was the greatest thing id ever seen.  if i wasnt working, i was online.  watching that video sure brought back some memories.  i used webtv for about 2yrs then i got my first pc.  compaq with compuserve internet deal.  massive 6gb hdd and 64mb ram for $800 as long as i used compuserve for 1yr.   webtv was a good way to get online, it was safe and idiot proof.   i remember getting all excited when they would announce an "upgrade" which consisted of a new start screen and a spell check. lol   ....oh and what memories from talkcity chat & decorating your email with html graphics.    this type of service is what my parents need.  i got them a computer but it gives them fits.  atleast i get to talk to them on a daily "help me" basis :-)


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Posted 08 July 2013 - 08:56 PM

Appreciate the heads up here.  I know one 'sweet old thing' still on the service.  She won't be happy, but at least her kids have time to get everything saved.






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