Viewtron was an online service offered by Knight-Ridder and AT&T from 1983 to 1986. Patterned after the British Post Office's Prestel system, it started as a videotex service requiring users to have a special terminal, the AT&T Sceptre. It began to be offered on IBM, Apple and Commodore computers as home computers and other personal computers became important in the marketplace.Viewtron differed from contemporary services like CompuServe and The Source by emphasizing news from the Miami Herald and Associated Press and e-commerce services from JC Penney and other merchants over computer-oriented services such as file downloads or online chat.
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  • Why Entrepreneurial Publishing is Catching Fire in Local Digital

    … was one of the original 30 employees at pre-Web Aol. Earlier at Knight Ridder, he was part of the team that worked on the pre-Web interactive-media initiative called Viewtron, the first graphics-based digital service in the U.S. Traditional journalistic publishing models are collapsing right before our eyes as entrepreneurs — often…

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