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MS Browser to use TV spectrum
Wednesday October 8 6:25 PM EDT
Microsoft to Configure Windows for Broadcasts
By Martin Wolk
SEATTLE(Reuter) - Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday its forthcoming Windows
98 operating system update would allow users to get Internet content for
free over an unused portion of the television broadcast spectrum.
Under an agreement with WavePhore Inc. in Phoenix, computers equipped
with television tuners will be able to receive information such as news,
sports, weather and entertainment without an Internet connection.
The data, including audio and video, would be sent by broadcast and
cable and downloaded into the computer hard drive according to
preferences set by the user through Microsoft's Internet Explorer
The service would be free to users and supported by advertising with
selected content from providers such as CBS Sportsline,
Quote.com and Time Warner Inc.publications like Time, People and
WavePhore's WaveTop service is scheduled to be launched by the end of
the year over the unseen "vertical blinking interval" of
the nation's 264 Public Broadcasting Service television stations,
providing coverage to 99 percent of the population.
The addition of television tuning capabilities is being promoted as one
of the major new features of Windows 98, and executives
of the software giant said they expect television tuners to be
commonplace in new personal computers targeted at consumers in
the coming holiday season.
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