I can't think of the name of it and I'm trying to look it up on the web. There was a set top box that came out in the mid/early 90s, I think it was developed by Phillips. It was a predescesor to WebTV. I believe it played CDs with software media, a sort of set-top PC for people who didn't like computers, or something like that. It was heavily marketed on TV adds for awhile then of course was marginalized by superior technologies (probably the DVD). Can anyone enlighten me as to the name of the device I am thinking of... or if there were perhaps a series of such devices. A cool link to somebodies history of set-top-box-hits and misses would be cool if you know of any. Funny thing... I'm working on a story about Microsoft and the Xbox. I'm sort of painting the picture of the type of marketspace Msoft was looking to dominate. I believe (and it's no secret) Msoft saw writing on the walls that the future of home computing was going to eventually merge with the STB and they wanted to be there with both feet in the door. It looks like 360 is going to be the coup-de-grace... everything previous STBs wanted to be (including WebTV) but the technology didn't exist. It's really a fascinating story. Funny how much effort we humans put into intracate passtimes while sitting on our arses. Meanwhile we don't even have an alternative to burning fossil fuels, cure for cancer, we can't even make a decent space shuttle. But that's for another forum. Thanks!