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AOLTV

(America OnLine TV) An earlier Internet TV service from AOL that provided access via a phone line or through the DirecTV satellite from Hughes Electronics. Versions of the AOLTV set-top boxes also included the TiVo technology for digitally recording TV programs. Debuting in 2000, AOLTV was discontinued in 2002. See DVR and MSN TV.
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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.
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The three-year deal will make TiVo a programming partner in AOUs new AOLTV enhanced TV service.