Microsoft to shut down MSN TV service

  • Microsoft will shut down its subscription-based MSN TV Internet service at the end of September.

    In a statement, the firm said there were now "many new ways" to access online TV content.

    Microsoft acquired the service, originally WebTV, for $425 million in 1997. It was rebranded as MSN TV in 2001.

    It was the predecessor of many of today’s popular online TV services such as Netflix and Hulu but required specific equipment such as a set-top box and keyboard.

    Today, however, there are several devices including Microsoft's Xbox and other major games consoles that enable users to connect the TV and the web.

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