[Ads-l] Antedating of "Web TV"
thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 5 18:31:03 EDT 2017
Wasn't this use of WebTV a prospective brand name announced by Oracle? A
year later, another WebTV was brought out by a guy working for General
Magic, and eventually bought by Microsoft and renamed MSN. A year after
that, Oracle finally came out with its product, now called NCTV.
Neither of these uses of WebTV are generic -- both were brand names.
On Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 11:10 AM, Hugo <hugovk at gmail.com> wrote:
> Added to the OED this quarter:
> 2. a. The distribution of original television programs and video
> content over the World Wide Web; programming and video content of this
> kind. Frequently attrib.
> 1995 Television on Web? in comp.infosystems.www.misc (Usenet
> newsgroup) 24 Oct. Someone in the office today mentioned an article
> in the FT, stating that Intel & Oracle had done some deal to support
> Web TV.
> Here's a couple of slightly earlier (~5 Oct 1995) of the same Web TV
> from Oracle.
> Oracle Plans a PC With Video Feature
> Published: October 6, 1995
> GENEVA, Oct. 5— The Oracle Corporation said today that it planned to
> offer by mid-1996 a low-cost computer that would provide video access
> to the Internet.
> The new product, called Web TV, "will be available by the end of the
> first quarter, or in the second quarter," Lawrence J. Ellison, the
> company's chairman and chief executive, said at the Telecom 95
> telecommunications-industry conference here. "It will video-enable the
> Internet," he said.
> Mr. Ellison said Web TV would be available through an Oracle set-top
> box costing $500. Cable access would cost about $30 a month in rental
> Web TV is planned to allow subscribers to download video on
> high-quality lines from servers.
> "We are talking to different content suppliers so that they can offer
> their servers to Web TV," he said.
> Oracle, which is based in Redwood City, Calif., announced various
> other deals today, including one with Philips Electronics N.V. of the
> Netherlands to enhance electronic mail services, and another with
> Telefon LM Ericsson/Hewlett Packard Telecommunications on integrating
> a telecommunications package with Oracle equipment.
> ORACLE TO INTRODUCE WEB TV IN 1996
> Oracle Corp. said that it plans to offer a set top box costing $500
> that will provide video access to the Internet, in the first half
> of 1996. The new product, to be called Web TV, will enable
> subscribers to download video from servers on the 'Net.
> According to Oracle CEO, Larry Ellison, "Movies on demand [do not
> make sense]...but video-conferencing does and so does news on demand,
> financial news. That's worth updating."
> The set top boxes will be based on the ARM chip, a microprocessor from
> Advanced RISC Machines Group. It is not known who will build the
> boxes, but it certainly won't be Oracle. According to Ellison, "We
> are not going to be selling hardware."
> [If I was a betting man, I would say that Apple would be the hardware
> partner. Apple and Oracle teamed up to create an interactive TV
> system for British Telecom and ARM is partially owned by Apple].
> (Reuters, Oct. 5, 1995 and Bloomberg Business News, Oct. 10, 1995)
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