Viewtron

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

    … to their traditional business has been successful for them. I don’t think any company has been as bold as Advance, transforming into true digital media companies who also have print assets in markets such as Cleveland, Portland, Ore., and New Orleans. The essence of entrepreneurism is making a sustainable business out of quality news publishing. But it’s proving…

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