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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: How is Internet TV different from WebTV?
A: Internet TV is based on an open architecture design and it does not require any proprietary software on the server or any proprietary protocol. To connect to the Internet, Internet TV needs a TCP/IP and PPP connection over a regular telephone line and a dial-up account. The PAP and CHAP protocols are then used for authentication. Most ISPs provide this kind of standard connection as well as routers with dial-up capabilities used in corporate environment.

Q: Can Internet TV connect to America On Line?
A: No. AOL uses a proprietary and not public point-to-point protocol instead of the standard PPP.

Q: How do I know whether Internet TV would connect to my ISP?
A: First of all you have to make sure that your ISP uses PAP or CHAP for automatic authentication. Some providers still have manual login procedures that may require the use of scripts. At the moment there is no support for scripting in the dialer but a service mode allows you to initiate a manual login session and then switch to PPP.

Q: How about proxy support?
A: Internet TV does not require any proxy support but it can take advantage of a proxy HTTP server if available.

Q: Does Internet TV support SSL and SET for secure transactions and payments?
A: At the moment, Internet TV does not support SSL. We are working on a software upgrade that incorporates among other things support for SSL and SET. The software upgrade incorporating the SSL will be available in August 1998.  The set-top box hardware incorporates a ISO compatible smartcard reader. The new software will be able to make use of the existing smarcard reader for secure electronic financial transactions.

Q: Is support for Java or Javascript planned?
A: The new software upgrade available in August will incorporate Javascript. On the other hand, Java sacrifices performance for portability, and in the current form it requires large memory. Full support for Java is not planned in the current version of Internet TV.

Q: Is it possible to update the software over the net?
A: Software upgrades are downloadable over the net whenever they become available. Localized versions of the software with support for specific Asian or European languages are also available from download.

Q: Is parental control supported?
A: Not in the browser itself but only through the use of a proxy server and filters installed on the server.

Q: Does Internet TV handle frames?
A: Yes. The Internet TV browser version 1.3 fully supports frames.

Q: What languages and character set encodings are supported?
A: ISO-Latin1 in all the configuration and a choice of: traditional Chinese (BIG5), simplified Chinese (GB), Japanese (JIS, S-JIS, EUC) and Korean ( KS-C-5601). Also, extended ASCII encoding is used for messages, dialogs and input methods, allowing easy localization for Western European languages of both the browser and the email. Versions for Italian, French and Spanish are available as well.

Q: What E-Mail protocols are supported?
A: SMTP to send email. POP3 and IMAP4 to receive email. Up to four email accounts information can be stored in the configuration. Internet TV provides a native front-end for accessing E-Mail.

Q: How to read Usenet newsgroup with Internet TV?
A: Unlike E-Mail there is no native front-end for reading and accessing the Usenet newsgroup. An HTML service must be used for this. A comprehensive HTML interface to Usenet is provided by DejaNews at the URL http://www.dejanews.com/

Q: What graphic resolution is rendered on TV?
A: Internet TV is generating pages at the TV line resolution, and scaling 640 pixels of horizontal resolution into the TV resolution. If a page is more that 640 pixels, then horizontal scrolling is enabled. Generating pages and text at the TV line resolution, means that artifacts on the text caused from scaling are eliminated. This is why, Internet TV has a better and crisper image on TV than a PC with a TV card.

Q: What about writing and publishing pages for Internet TV?
A: Since the Internet TV browser is based on standard HTML, there is no need to learn any special tag to publish content specifically for Internet TV. Internet TV will render any HTML page in the best possible way, giving the constrains of a TV display. Even if WebTV is trying to push non-standard tags for creating pages for TV audience, we do not believe there is such a need. However, some of the HTML design guidelines indicated by WebTV, apply to displaying content on a TV and adopting them will result in overall better pages for TV output on Internet TV. Keep in mind that Internet TV has a better horizontal resolution and it supports horizontal and vertical scrolling of pages in case thay do not fit in a single screen.

Q: What about unsupported HTML tags?
A: Internet TV will ignore non-standard or unsupported tags.

Q: Does the Internet TV currently support for RealAudio, RealVideo, MPEG, Shockwave, and other plugins?
A: A generic interface for plug-ins is not exposed. Forthcoming software upgrades may incorporate plugins depending on the customer demand.

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