A few months ago Redmond-based that their pioneering Internet television service MSN TV was on life support. The news of the passing came as no big surprise since for year the service has suffered from old technology, lack of subscribers and being integrated into other technologies, such as, the Xbox gaming console. Flash forward to today where we have received the sad news that MSN TV has finally passed away.
The idea of WebTV, later known as MSN TV, first came about in the late 1970s when a young high school student named Steve Perlman considered combining his hobby of building computers with television. Since he didn't have the resources to accomplish the feat his idea was put on the backburner of his mend. Years later, in 1995, with the idea still burning he brought in both Bruce Leak and Phil Goldman and they formed a company named WebTV Networks. After getting funding they were able to bring Mr. Perlman's high school dream to fruition and WebTV was born.
“I've been working to create an interactive television my entire life. I always knew it was a way of bringing computers to average people”, Steve Perlman said.
In 1997 Redmond-based Microsoft purchase the young Web TV and renamed it MSN TV. The Redmond-based company kept Mr. Perlman where he continued to improve his little MSN TV. For the next decade the service grew but started showing its age. Soon young and better equipped service start taking business away from MSN TV. The Redmond company started integrating the little MSN TV into their Xbox gaming console. It wasn't long after that happen the little MSN TV found itself falling into ill health and on July 7, 2013 was diagnosis as terminal. By this time so many people had forgotten about the service so it was no surprise that its death had a low attendance.