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WebTV for Windows
Microsoft WebTV for Windows is the initial step on the path to a true "home" personal computer, a computer that is the center of a home entertainment system.
Windows 98 contains all the software required to run the application. The current issue is with hardware, ATI being the only Microsoft approved developer of video cards which is currently supported.
WebTV for Windows will initially ship only in the U.S. and Canadian versions of Windows 98.
Microsoft WebTV for Windows Components
The Microsoft WebTV for Windows components enables your PC to act as a receiver of broadcast information, such as television programs. With Windows 98 and a TV tuner adapter card supported by Windows 98 installed in your PC, you can:
Currently, WebTV for Windows supports both cable and over-the-air broadcast transmissions for National Television Standards Committee (NTSC) programming. Satellite and other broadcast transmission standards will be supported in the future.
Microsoft WebTV for Windows components are optionally installed using a Custom Setup, or installed through Add/Programs in Control Panel.
Microsoft WebTV for Windows Hardware Requirements
The minimum hardware to use Microsoft WebTV for Windows is as follows:
The recommended hardware to use Microsoft WebTV for Windows is as follows:
To display video in the WebTV for Windows application, the requirement is ATI All-inWonder Card or ATI All-inWonder Pro Card. No other cards will work with WebTV for Windows from the Windows 98 product.
Program Guide Setup without a TV Card
Users may download the Program Guide without having the required TV tuner card for watching TV. It is a five-step process. To get the most of the experiences, make sure your display is set for a minimum of 800x600 resolution.
Without an ATI All-in-Wonder card, only three options are available from the Go ToÖ button: Guide Plus, Configuration and Finished.
Narratation is in the TV Configuration program. There are two versions; a short one for no hardware, and a longer one for hardware. If you have hardware and don't get the long one, it's possible you need to update your display adapter driver.
Users should see Web TV for Windows populated with about 2 days of programming content.