One of the pioneers of TV on the web is gone. AllThingsD reported that Microsoft quietly shut down its MSN TV. Originally WebTV, MIcrosoft bought it for $425 million in 1997. MSN TV included a set-top box and a keyboard, and eventually lent some of its technology to the Xbox.
According to AllThingsD Microsoft went on to create Mediaroom for AT&T's U-Verse, but now that Mediaroom is being sold to Ericsson Microsoft is timing the shutdown of Web TV to coincide with its move away from TV services.