With an AOLTV
box hooked to a set, viewers will be able to send emails or instant messages by remote control while watching their favorite show.
Only a tiny number of AOL's almost 30 million subscribers need to sign up for AOLTV
to overtake the number of WebTV users.
ITV buzz: AOLTV
has positioned itself to compete with Microsoft's much derided WebTV, a move that is possible because of AOL's enormous existing consumer base and a deal to offer TiVo services alongside AOL's interactive channels.
The company has already bowed interactive TV service AOLTV
, which features e-mail, chats and e-commerce on TV via cable settop boxes.
Anyone with a PC, Mac or an AOLTV
, UltimateTV or MSNTV set-top box can participate in "Whammy
The three-year deal will make TiVo a programming partner in AOUs new AOLTV
enhanced TV service.
America Online's Olympic offerings are available across AOL, AOL's Web Properties including CompuServe and Netscape, and through AOLTV