In 2013, smart TVs with built-in Internet connections are commonplace, but in 1996, it was a very brave new world. In fact, it was so brave that startup WebTV used a dial-up connection for its set-top box, which let consumers access the Web, email and more from the comfort of their sofas. The price of admission? $349 for the Sony version, and $329 for the Philips model. The wireless keyboard cost $50 extra.
Microsoft swooped in the following year to scoop up WebTV for a hefty $425 million, later rebranding the service as MSN TV in 2001, but consumers still weren't biting. With the Xbox One upon us, which integrates live TV with gameplay and taps into a wealth of streaming services (and even a browser), the WebTV dream lives on.
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