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Microsoft Plans to Shut Down MSN TV in September

By Anupika Khare on July 8, 2013 4:49 AM EDT 0

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Microsoft Plans to Shut Down MSN TV in September (Photo: Reuters)

The well-known MSN TV by Microsoft is now going to be shut down by the tech giant. It was started in 1997.

Microsoft will officially unplug the MSN TV by the end of September after serving for so long, said company on its official website.

The MSN TV started after paying £285 million ($425 million) and initially it was called WebTV. The company did not make any big announcement about shutting down the service, but were very quiet doing so, reported AllthingsD.

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Initially, when the WebTV was launched, the users had to pay £201 ($300) for the set box that gave access to the internet via the television for a monthly cost of around £13 ($20).

There was no storage capacity on the set top box, hence, the users could not save anything they wished to view later. The device also came along with a wireless keyboard which was for £33 ($50).

Though, the tech giant tried to bring changes in the value of the MSN TV, it did not make much difference. The retail price of the device is about £134 ($200) for the set top box, wireless keyboard and a remote control.

Recently, the service completed its 16 years but Microsoft has now decided to shut down the service and the company tried to explain in the post by saying, “WebTV (later called MSN TV) started in 1996 with the goal to bring new people 'online' and to give those already online an easy, hassle-free means of accessing the internet from the comfort of their homes. Later, MSN TV 2 was released with vastly greater power and features. Since then, the Web has continued to evolve at a breathtaking pace, and there are many new ways to access the Internet.”

Hence, MSN TV is shutting down because the Web has progressed so much. “Accordingly, we have made the difficult decision to end the MSN TV service on September 30th, 2013. We are working with our customers to ensure the transition is as seamless as possible,” the company said.

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