Make Dad’s Day With Microsoft WebTV Plus Receiver
PALO ALTO, Calif., May 22, 1998 — Looking for a gift for Dad that can turn every day into Father’s Day? One that puts the combined entertainment power of television and the Internet right at his fingertips? Then look no further than WebTV® Plus Receiver from Microsoft Corp.
Priced under $200, the WebTV Plus Receiver is a television set-top box that, along with the WebTV Plus Network, can give viewers new levels of interaction with their televisions by providing a better way of choosing which shows to watch and new ways to enjoy more entertainment, information and services through the Internet and special interactive programming.
From the comfort of a sofa in the living room, users of the WebTV Plus Receiver and WebTV Plus Network can access the Internet from their televisions to look up sports scores, follow breaking news, research personal interests, check stocks, buy music, send e-mail and chat, or enjoy newsgroups, all without leaving their favorite TV show, enabled through WebTV Networks’ Picture-in-Picture (WebPIP) technology.
In addition to high-speed Internet access, the WebTV Plus Receiver brings interactive features to television such as TV Crossover Links
Web site listings for one-click access to interactive TV content on the Web, like the recent Internet-enhanced
season finale and upcoming episodes of
“Saturday Night Live.”
Several new features will be added in the next free upgrade this summer:
TV Listings covering a week’s worth of TV programming, all searchable by title, description and category
VCR Record enabling simple, one-click remote control VCR programming
Personalized news, stock, sports and weather information from leading information sources like ESPN, MSNBC and Accu-weather, displayed on a customized home page
Video stills and audio e-mail attachment capabilities that let users add still pictures, sounds and even their own voice to e-mail messages with images and data from the television, a camcorder or digital camera
For the gadget guy, the TV enthusiast, the Internet surfer, the technophile or even the technophobe, WebTV Plus Receivers have something for everyone and are the perfect complement to any computer or gadget, including digital cameras and camcorders.
Pricing and Availability
The WebTV Plus Receiver has an estimated retail price of $199, or $249 with a keyboard, and is available at consumer electronics stores nationwide. Access to the Internet and the exclusive WebTV Plus Network Service online programming is available for $24.95 per month for the WebTV Plus Receiver. For more information on WebTV, visit http://www.webtv.net/
or call (800) GOWEBTV (469-3288).
WebTV Networks, Inc. operates the WebTV Network
Service and develops the WebTV Internet Terminal, available for $99, and WebTV Plus Receiver, starting at $199. Both are available through the company’s U.S. licensees, Sony Electronics Inc., Philips Consumer Electronics Company and Mitsubishi Consumer Electronics America at U.S. consumer
electronics stores nationwide. WebTV Networks, based in Palo Alto, Calif., is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corp.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.
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