WEBTV MAY FADE OUT IN TWO YEARS, SAYS DATAQUEST

Tony Barry tonyb@netinfo.com.au
Tue, 22 Sep 1998 13:09:07 +1000


>From Edupage, 20 September 1998

WEBTV MAY FADE OUT IN TWO YEARS, SAYS DATAQUEST
A consumer applications analyst at Dataquest says the future of WebTV and
the use of set-top boxes to access the Internet will be short-lived.  "The
set-top box on its own really has no future," says Dataquest's Paul
O'Donovan.  "The stand-alone set-top box will just disappear.  They will
probably disappear in the next 18 months to two years as digital television
arrives...  But in the long term, the functionality will appear within the
TV or through digital set-top boxes."  With regard to WebTV, O'Donovan says,
"Microsoft has a history of announcing bold technology strategies and being
perfectly prepared to drop them if they don't work.  They may take the
technology of WebTV and put it in other devices."  (TechWeb 18 Sep 98)

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