Time Machine: Why didn't Internet on TV take off in 1983?

Video previews home shopping, news and online banking via TV set box

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The AT&T Tech Channel has another set of golden videos from the '80s - this time, they're highlighting the Viewtron system which let people access information, news, play games and conduct online banking through a remote-controlled (infra-red) keyboard and connected via telephone modem to a TV set. One of the big hopes for the system was online shopping, but as this AT&T post notes, "one of the online shopping sites had only logged a paltry 11 direct orders."

After viewing the video, I have an idea why it failed - did you see that the Cuchi Cuchi doll being offered on the online toy store? It cost $98! (and this was in 1983).

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