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.
The future includes: services (like AOLTV
) that shrink programming into PIP size as users read email and surf the Web; devices (like TiVo) for digital set-top recording without commercials; and increasing markets for content via Internet, broadband and wireless networks.
What they do: Behemoth Internet and entertainment company includes AOLTV
and Time Warner cable services.
The company has already bowed interactive TV service AOLTV
, which features e-mail, chats and e-commerce on TV via cable settop boxes.
The three-year deal will make TiVo a programming partner in AOUs new AOLTV
enhanced TV service.