Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
the research laboratory of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration

L. R. Bloom; A. Glenn Hanson; Robert F. Linfield; David R. Wortendyke

Abstract: A new, consumer–oriented family of innovative information distribution services, generically termed VIDEOTEX, is being offered to the European and Japanese public. Several field trials are underway in the U.S. Normally using a modified home TV receiver as the display terminal, services provide user access to broad varieties of computerized data banks. Distribution to the user is typically via broadcast TV (one–way services) or the switched telephone network (two–way, interactive services). Also, there exist hybrid services in which the requested service may be transmitted over a different medium than the received information. This report discusses representative services and distribution system architectures, potential impact on the telephone network, the need for and status of standards, and economic considerations for user and suppliers.

Keywords: Broadcast television; coding formats; communication; computer networks; data bank; data communication; data networks; display; Green Thumb; information distribution; information retrieval; information systems; network architecture; non-speech telecommunications; standards; systems architecture; telecommunications; telephone network; Teletext; television receiver; terminal; VIDEOTEX; Viewdata


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