PARA QUE CONOZCAN UN POQUITO DE WEBTV...Y SE DEJEN JODER...
- From: RMendo@xxxxxxxxx (Roberto M)
- Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2005 14:32:22 -0400
Q8. webbabe says: My Question: For Steve (I think) How exciting was it
when you put together the first components of WebTV and saw how great it
looked on a TV vs a computer screen? What gave you the idea to put the
internet on a TV Screen? Was convergence of TV and the internet your
original goal or did that come later?
A8. Steve_Perlman: Thanks for your question, Webbabe. The most important
thing was connecting regular people together. Then, came the realization
that if we can make the Internet like TV, over time, the two things
would merge and become one. For example, like TV, the Internet would
become as instantaneous and as rich as changing channels and watching
shows on TV. And, like the Internet, television would become what you
want, when you want it. Instead of having to wait for a particular time
to be tuned to a particular channel. As you can see, with the WebTV
Plus, and its VCR-record capability, and now, the Echostar product, with
its digital recording capability, we're getting closer to merging the
two to become one.
Q9. *haha says: I love my webtv how can I sign up for ClubWebTV
A9. *Phil_Goldman: Hello Haha I'm really glad that you asked that
Because, I'm a columnist in ClubWebTV You don't need to join clubWebTV
like a regular club, you're already a member by just subscribing to
Q10. steve_baxley says: did you ever think in your wildest dreams webtv
would be as popular as ever
A10. Steve_Perlman: Thanks for your questions, Steve Baxley. The answer
is we never thought it would take off the way it did. Basically, we
thought that there would be a lot of people interested in this. We
thought it would be valuable to a lot of users. But, we didn't realize
that it would end up having such a big impact on the way the television
and media industry think about TV. Also, we never imagined that people
would use WebTV the way they are using it. Somehow, it didn't occur to
us that such a broad spectrum of users -- from young to old -- would
find this to be such a useful addition to their lives. Lastly, we never
imagined that people would be using it as often as they are using it
(more than half of our subscribers, use WebTV every day!).
Q11. opryman says: i read about the new webtv that will be with the
satellite,will regular webtvplus custoers be able to get the games too
A11. Phil_Goldman: Hello Opryman. There are already many games available
on the web for you to use Examples of this are board games like chess
and checkers and even "home versions" of popular game shows, If you go
to the games section of Explore, from the homepage, that will get you
started. Thanks opryman
Q12. speedracer says: Hello, I would like to know if you plan on adding
JAVA to webtv?
A12. Steve_Perlman: Hey Speedracer, we are trying our hardest to get a
version of Java to work on the WebTV Plus product. It's a really hard
technical problem, because Java requires a large amount of memory.
Unfortunately, it's not going to be feasible on the Classic.
Q13. j_o_h_n_ says: When is Smart Cardú Technology gonna be avalible
A13. Steve_Perlman: Hello J_o_h_n. Smart Cards are one of those things
that only make sense when you have a very large number of Smart Card
readers out there. We made an investment by placing a Smart Card reader
in every WebTV box from the beginning. So that, eventually we would have
a large enough number of them out there. Once we get to about a million
WebTV boxes out there, we think that it will begin to make economic
sense for companies to use Smart Cards. The kind of things that you'll
see people do with them is have promotional Smart Cards that you can
stick into a WebTV box, and it will take you to a special website. There
are also some financial applications where you might have, say, a credit
card that is also a Smart Card. So, that you can more easily do
transactions on the Internet.
Q14. [Not posted]
A14. Phil_Goldman: Thanks guest-John We're very proud of the progress
that we've made with developer.webtv.net and I encourage all of you web
designers to take a look at the site. We're continuing to grow the
support for developers of web sites and we expect to see even more
standards support now that there are so many WebTV subscribers out there
One thing I strongly recommend is for you to use the WebTV simulator
that you can download from developer.webtv **
** The question matching this response was not posted in the original
Q15. ericpaul says: To any of the three: Is WebTV doing as well as you
wanted it to? Honestly, are you happy with how it's all turning out?
A15. Steve_Perlman: Hello EricPaul, Yes, WebTV is doing actually better
than we thought it would. You need to understand that WebTV is not just
a new consumer product. It is a new consumer concept. And, like new
concepts, such as VCRs or CDs when they were new. It takes a little
while for such things to build momentum in the marketplace. WebTV has
only really been out for about two and one-half years. And, compared to
VCRs or CD Players, we've sold many more units in the same period of
time. BTW, in case you didn't know, we now have about 700,000
subscribers, but because an average of 2.2 people use WebTV in each
home, we have about 1.5 million users.
Q16. speedracer says: will webtv ever have a mouse?
A16. Phil_Goldman: Hello Speedracer. WebTV currently supports a remote
control and remote keyboard and we've really tried to make a great
experience for you, as you use these leaning back in the sofa as you
start to see WebTV in other products, there may be other appropriate
input devices we'll always try to make the experience as smooth for you
Q17. psychicforce says: will we be able to put mpegs on our e-mail?
A17. Phil_Goldman: Hello psychicforce. You're already able to put video
stills into your email with WebTV Plus, and you can capture images from
your video camera or from tv and also, you can record audio This is a
very popular feature with WebTV Plus and so, we'd like to continue to
make it better and better over time
Q18. da_last_don_99 says: What is Webtv and Microsoft doing in order to
keep the huge market share they obtain...as we see more and more
companies try to mimmick Webtv, and go into this market that Webtv has
A18. Steve_Perlman: Hey da-last-don-99, the best way to stay ahead of
the game is to keep on innovating. But, we actually think the
competition will be good for everyone, since it will add additional
credibility to this emerging category. When NetChannel was introduced
last year, we saw a surge of new subscribers.
Q19. cosmikrock says: Do you plan to make webtv faster every thing loads
A19. Phil_Goldman: Hello 'rock. As you know, WebTV runs over a standard
phone line We've come up with a whole bunch of tricks to make WebTV seem
much faster than other "modem" products that use a phone line but,
occasionally there are factors that make the phonelines slow and the
best we can do is to deal with it gracefully. We think we're much better
than any other solution out there. But we realize that this is a crucial
area for you folks, and we're constantly improving your access... Thanks
for the smart question
Q20. ressq says: Greetings from Yale! What do you think about some of
the upcoming competition, from Sun and AOL, for example?
A20. Steve_Perlman: Hello Ressq, I'm from Connecticut, too! And, I used
to go down to New Haven all the time. Basically, competition is healthy.
It keeps us on our toes. And, it makes this new category of Internet TV
seem like it's a lot bigger.
Q21. guest-wevtvrules says: WebTV's subscriber base has grown from
200,000 in 1997 to 700,000 in 1998. That is over a 300% growth rate. As
a long time WebTV user and evangelist, I find this to be very
encouraging. Do you see this kind of growth continuing for WebTV over
the next 2 - 5 years as well? What are your thoughts and comments
subsriber base for WebTV?
A21. Steve_Perlman: Hello guest-webtv-rules, We're pretty psyched about
those numbers, too! In fact, we got so many registrations on Christmas
Day, that we were holding on for deal life, to just keep all of the
servers running while they were handling such an influx of subscribers.
The potential size of the Internet TV market is huge. Because, 99% of
American households have the two minimum requirements: a TV and a phone
Q22. vllopez says: are printers for web tv expensive
A22. Phil_Goldman: hello vllopez. No. Printers from Hewlett Packard and
others are relatively inexpensive and they work great with WebTV. Alot
of you out there have printers, and we hear great stories about them.
Look for a banner ad for the HP 670 TV printer, that's my favorite You
can get more information from the help-center on how to purchase online.
Thanks for the question
Q23. site4soreyes says: Is WebTv taking precautios for the "Y2K" ?
A23. Steve_Perlman: Hello site-4-soreyes, Since WebTV was designed
starting in 1995, we were well aware of the impending Millenium.
Consequently, we designed it with Y2K in mind. As an example, many
credit cards that we bill on have expiration dates beyond the year 2000.
And, we've been handling those expiration dates without a problem.
Q24. secretadmirer1 says: Are there any career opportunities at WebTV?
A24. Phil_Goldman: Hello secretadmirer1. You can visit the WebTV
corporate site at www.webtv.net to learn about career opportunities
We're always looking for more great people!
Q25. steve_baxley says: netshow is in big demand, will both versions of
webtv be getting the full deal
A25. Steve_Perlman: Hello again, Steve. We intend to support streaming
audio on NetShow ( later this year in an upgrade). And, with luck, we'll
get it working on Classic as well as Plus. It's tricky on Classic,
because of the tight memory constraints (it only has 2 megabytes of
Q26. bombaway says: is there going to be a next generation box? if
so,will it be coming out anytime soon?
A26. Phil_Goldman: Hello bombaway -- glad to answer your second
question. As we mentioned above, we're working on great new products. In
addition, we're working on upgrades for your WebTV that will give you
exciting new features. Thanks for the question
Q27. heidi-791 says: How many countrys have or can get webtv?
A27. Steve_Perlman: Hey Heidi, WebTV is currently available in the US,
Canada and Japan. And, we're doing trials in the UK and Germany.
Q28. wal-_-mart says: What exactly does WebTV do on Wednesday morning
A28. Phil_Goldman: hello wal-mart. Every Wednesday, we do routine
maintenance on our service very early in the morning. I'm impressed that
you're either up that early, or that you stay up that late. Either way
-- you're obviously using WebTV an awful lot. The routine maintenance is
adding and verifying the servers that deliver you WebTV. We have a very
advanced architecture for the WebTV Network -- this assures you of
service all the time. Nevertheless we want to check and doublecheck to
make sure the service is in good shape. Thanks again
Q29. map_man says: from a recent CNET article I read that top computer
execs have conceded that Internet access is the killer app of the late
90's and beyond and later in the article...specialied devices (like
webtv) will dratically change the way people communicate and share
information...Is it here already with webtv? and what will you
(founders) do to get this message out to the public?
A29. Steve_Perlman: Hello Map-Man, We're complete optimists about the
Internet. Not only do we think the Internet is the killer app of the
'90s, but we think it will fundamentally change the way human beings
interact with each other in the next century.
Q30. hifems says: when will we get a cache clearing option
A30. Phil_Goldman: Hello hifems. I'm not sure exactly what you mean by
"cache clearing option", but if you're referring to the PC feature that
removes all the web pages cached on your PC you don't need to worry
about this on WebTV -- because it's done for you on the PC I'm sorry on
WebTV is what I meant to type Thanks for the question
Q31. jj353 says: What are your future plans for webtv? What do you
envision for webtv as far as features and compatibility with todays
standard for the future?
A31. Steve_Perlman: Hey jj, You're going to see us continue to evolve
WebTV to make it easier to use, have more interesting services, and
you'll see new versions coming out over time. If you look at our current
WebTV products, we've already made quite a few upgrades, delivering new
features and adding new services. You can count on us continuing to do
Q32. psychicforce says: how do you become a previewer?
A32. Phil_Goldman: send some mail to previews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx we very
much appreciate our previewers, because they prove all the features work
Q33. mistyblue4u says: Any chance WebTV will get something like ICQ?
A33. Steve_Perlman: Hey Misty, Yes indeed. We are working on developing
some instant messaging capability for all WebTV products. It's a little
tricky when you are working within the limits of a TV screen, but we
think what we are working out will be a really great features. Stay
Q34. beebophop1 says: Is there any chance we can get BCC instead of
A34. Phil_Goldman: Hello beebophop1. Mail is one of the most popular
features of WebTV And everyone seems to have their own favorite
features, because they use it so much. Our challenge is to keep adding
functionality to mail, while still keeping easy to use. We'd like to add
bcc as well as other "power" features, and expect to do so in the
Q35. murphy11 says: Greetings from Hartford, CT. A little off topic, But
I was wondering since you guys were at Apple way back when, What are
your thoughts on the success of the Imac and Apple in general?
A35. Steve_Perlman: Hey Murph, We can't help but grin when we see Apple
coming out with some new products. All three of us had a part in the
development of the Mac. And, we are happy to see it. (I'm from West
Hartford -- Hall High '79!)
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