June 16, 1997 in Social Responsibility News

Advent of Internet TV Makes Internet Use Commonplace

Seoul, Korea, June 16, 1997:Samsung Electronics Co. has built a high-speed modem and Internet web browser into a 29" TV to create an Internet TV that can be used to call up domestic on-line services or access the Internet via the TV screen. Samsung Electronics Internet TV uses web browser software from Diva Co. of the US and a 33,600bps modem.

The TV remote control unit has an "Internet/On-line Services" button that will bring up an "Internet Search/E-mail Select" function. Users can access the Internet simply by pushing the button according to an on-screen command. It works just as fast as a regular computer and is seen easier to operate.

The Internet TV has a PC overlay function that allows on-line information to appear on the screen at the same time as a TV broadcast. A keyboard is built onto the TV screen and can be operated by remote control to input character data. A separate wireless keyboard is also available for sending and receiving data (chatting, E-mail) through the TV set. Other features include a speaker phone for holding telephone conversations while watching TV, an automatic telephone dial function and a calendar function that will remind the user of important upcoming dates for the family.

Samsung Electronics has put the Internet TV on the Korean market and plans to begin exports to the US this year. Next year, exports will be expanded to the Japanese market.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a $19 billion company of the $88 billion Samsung Group, is a world leader in electronics, with operations in more than 60 countries. The company challenges itself to make consumer electronics, semiconductors and industrial electronics that are effective, useful, simple and powerful. Samsung Electronics employs over 80,000 people worldwide.


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