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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
Founded June 2000; 17 years ago (2000-06)
Defunct 2002
Headquarters New York,NY
Area served
nationwide on USA
Key people
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)
Products IPTV
Parent AOL
Website (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. The service is no longer supported by AOL as the documentation has been removed from their servers. It has been closed since 2002. 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.

The set top box for AOL TV was developed by NCI/Liberate using a thin client and manufactured by Philips.[1][2][3]


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