AOL TV was the name of both a thin client which uses a television for display (rather than a monitor), and the online service that supports it, both of which were launched in June 2000 to compete with WebTV.
|Subsidiary of America Online|
|Industry||Internet protocol television|
|Fate||No longer supported|
|nationwide in USA|
|Anne Bentley (spokeswomen), David Nagel (board member), Tom Nagel (board member), James Barksdale (board member), Larry Ellison (board member), Mitchell Kertzman (early CEO and president), Philip Vachon (later CEO)|
|Website||aoltv.com (Not active)|
The product and service were developed by America Online. While most thin clients developed in the mid-1990s were positioned as diskless workstations for corporate intranets, AOL TV was positioned as a consumer device for web access. Since the device was a dedicated web browser appliance, the cost of licensing a proprietary operating system could be avoided. For inexpensive devices, the cost of licensing a proprietary operating system is substantial.
AOL TV discontinued sales in November 2002, although the service was available for existing subscribers for a time. The service is no longer supported by AOL and the documentation has been removed from their servers.
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