[Ads-l] Antedating of "Web TV"

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 27 11:10:30 EDT 2017

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 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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