From Brown Boxes To Virtual Reality

Donohue, Steve
August 2005
Multichannel News;8/29/2005 25th Anniversary, Vol. 26 Issue 36, p28
Highlights developments in channel-surfing technology in the U.S. Features of the spherical remote control device from Hillcrest Labs; Problems with cable boxes introduced by cable operators introduced during the 1970s; Emergence of scrolling, passive channel guides in the 1980s. INSET: THE FUTURE OF....


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