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Title:
AOLTV for dummies
Author:
Hill, Brad, 1953-
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Publication Information:
New York : Hungry Minds, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
xxii, 317 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780764508257
Format :
Book

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Summary

AOLTV, a new service that competes with WebTV, lets you access many of the most popular AOL features from your television set and offers lots of features designed to enhance TV viewing. This friendly guide shows step-by-step how to get set up with AOLTV and get up to speed on each of the services it offers, from messaging and You've Got Pictures to TV preferences and parental controls.


Author Notes

Brad Hill is the author of many popular computer books, including Internet Directory For Dummies and Yahoo! For Dummies.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
About This Bookp. 1
Conventions Used in This Bookp. 2
What You're Not to Readp. 2
Foolish Assumptionsp. 3
How to Read This Bookp. 3
Online Directoryp. 6
Glossaryp. 6
Icons Used in This Bookp. 6
Where to Go from Herep. 7
Part I Transforming Your Televisionp. 9
Chapter 1 Welcome to Something Newp. 11
What AOLTV Is and Isn'tp. 12
FAQs of the Matterp. 15
Is AOLTV the same as cable TV?p. 16
Can I get TV and the Internet at the same time?p. 16
Can I use AOLTV without being a monthly subscriber?p. 16
Do I need a special phone line?p. 17
Does AOLTV have high-speed Internet access?p. 17
Does the Internet cost money?p. 18
Does AOLTV run up the phone bill?p. 18
Is connecting to the Internet difficult?p. 18
When I join AOLTV, does that make me a member of America Online?p. 19
AOL, the Internet, and the Webp. 20
Way back when, in cyberspacep. 20
America Online gets big, then biggerp. 21
The Web phenomenonp. 21
A Few Essential Words to Knowp. 22
Chapter 2 Bringing It Homep. 23
Unpacking the Goodsp. 23
Positioning AOLTV in Your Setupp. 26
Connecting AOLTV Directly to a TVp. 26
Setting Up AOLTV with a Cable Boxp. 27
Setting Up AOLTV with a VCRp. 28
Setting Up AOLTV with a Cable Box and a VCRp. 28
Getting Ready to Blastp. 29
Moving Onp. 30
Chapter 3 Making AOLTV the Bossp. 31
Plugging Inp. 32
Inviting Your Phone to the Partyp. 32
Joining Upp. 33
Joining as a new userp. 35
Joining as an AOL subscriberp. 37
Pulling in the Channelsp. 38
Making Your VCR Part of the Teamp. 40
Chapter 4 Taking AOLTV for a Spinp. 43
Training Your Remotep. 43
An Up-Close Tour of the Remotep. 45
Control buttonsp. 45
Channel buttonsp. 46
Navigation buttonsp. 47
Display buttonsp. 48
VCR buttonsp. 49
The Ultimate Remotep. 49
Shortcuts to Main Menu itemsp. 51
Volume, Channel, Mute, and Print keysp. 51
Up, Down, Forward, and Back keysp. 53
The all-important Go keyp. 54
Three ways to Enterp. 55
Chapter 5 Getting Your Bearingsp. 57
Starting with the Main Menup. 57
Chatting from the Main Menup. 58
Signing on from the Main Menup. 59
Choosing Your Offline Settingsp. 60
Changing your dial-in numberp. 61
Adjusting AOLTV to new cable servicep. 62
New VCR? Congrats! Now get to workp. 63
AOLTV, meet the telephonep. 63
Moving AOLTV into a new homep. 65
See what you havep. 65
Choosing Your Online Settingsp. 66
Changing your screen name or passwordp. 66
Viewing your billp. 67
Quieting the beastp. 68
Drawing the privacy curtainp. 68
Being a good parentp. 69
Shooting Troublesp. 72
Part II Finding Your Way Aroundp. 75
Chapter 6 TV through AOLTVp. 77
Replacing the TV Guidep. 77
Little Tiny Miniguidesp. 79
Surfing through the Program Guidep. 81
Hop, skip, and jumpp. 81
Into the future, 90 minutes at a timep. 82
Highlighting programs and stationsp. 83
Recording Favorite Showsp. 84
How and When to Use the Program Guidep. 86
Chapter 7 Managing AOLTV Channelsp. 87
Finding AOLTV Channelsp. 88
Surfing the Interactive Channelsp. 88
Checking news and weatherp. 91
Counting your moneyp. 91
Following the scoresp. 94
Getting the kids involvedp. 94
Getting interested ... in somethingp. 95
High points in other Channelsp. 95
Interactive Programmingp. 95
Chapter 8 Exploring AOL and the Webp. 97
Key Words ... Keywordsp. 98
Key Keyword factsp. 98
The keyword Keywordp. 100
Of Foreign Ports and URLsp. 100
Haystacks and Needlesp. 103
The haystack approachp. 103
The needle approachp. 106
Chapter 9 Keeping the Best for Yourselfp. 109
Building Your Favorites Listp. 109
Adding TV Favoritesp. 110
Adding Web Favoritesp. 111
Viewing, Selecting, and Editing Favoritesp. 112
The Favorites pagep. 112
Editing and deleting Favoritesp. 113
Fun Favorites Factsp. 114
Chapter 10 Keeping Your Appointmentsp. 117
Finding Itp. 118
Getting Your Bearingsp. 118
Setting a Reminderp. 119
Part III You've Got Friends (and Family)p. 123
Chapter 11 Joining the Familyp. 125
Finding the Member Directoryp. 126
Introducing Yourselfp. 126
Changing Yourselfp. 128
Prowling for Connectionsp. 128
Directory-Searching Hintsp. 130
Chapter 12 Mail on Your TVp. 131
E-Mail Is the Gluep. 132
Understanding E-Mail Addressesp. 132
Organizing Your Mailp. 134
Reading Your Mailp. 135
Writing and Sending Mailp. 136
Replying to Mailp. 137
The great e-mail quoting traditionp. 138
Forwarding mailp. 139
Reading Attachmentsp. 140
Setting Your Mail Preferencesp. 141
Beyond Writing the Kidsp. 142
E-mail on Web sitesp. 142
E-mail newslettersp. 143
Mailing listsp. 143
Final Tips and Hintsp. 144
Chapter 13 Making Buddies and Staying in Touchp. 145
Introducing AOLTV Instant Messengerp. 146
Adding and Removing a Buddyp. 146
Creating a New Buddy Groupp. 149
Locating Buddiesp. 149
Sending an Instant Message (IM)p. 150
IMing a Buddyp. 150
IMing someone newp. 151
Receiving Messages and Chattingp. 151
Being a Chatterboxp. 153
Setting IM Preferencesp. 155
Tips for IMingp. 156
Chapter 14 Chatting and Messagingp. 157
The Truth about Virtual Friendships ... and Morep. 158
Finding AOL Chat Roomsp. 159
Jumping into the Chat Spacep. 160
Lurking and chattingp. 160
Meeting other chattersp. 162
Creating Your Own Roomp. 163
The Fun and Furor of Chattingp. 164
Message Boardsp. 165
Newsgroups on the Webp. 168
One gigantic happy familyp. 171
The "Gray Lady" goes interactivep. 173
Chat and Board Tipsp. 174
Chapter 15 Grandkids on the TV Screenp. 177
Shooting and Developingp. 177
Finding AOLTV Picturesp. 179
Controlling the Showp. 179
Picture Tipsp. 181
Part IV Adventures in Cyberspacep. 183
Chapter 16 Special Sites and Soundsp. 185
Moviefonep. 186
Cartoon Networkp. 188
The Weather Channelp. 189
HBOp. 191
Turner Classic Moviesp. 192
E! Onlinep. 194
All About RealAudiop. 195
Chapter 17 News That's Really Newp. 199
All the News That's Fit to Clickp. 200
The Cost of Web Newsp. 201
Three Levels of Web Newsp. 202
Casting Wide, Casting Deepp. 204
Northern Lightp. 204
News Indexp. 205
Excite News Trackerp. 208
Moreoverp. 209
NewsHubp. 209
InfoGridp. 210
1st Headlinesp. 210
Types and Sitesp. 211
Wire servicesp. 211
Newspapers, magazines, and broadcastersp. 213
Internet-only publicationsp. 215
The community anglep. 215
Chapter 18 Hanging Out at the Mallp. 217
Tuning In the Shopping Channelp. 217
Plastic Money, Virtual Walletp. 219
Understanding QuickCheckoutp. 220
Getting started with QuickCheckoutp. 222
Buying stuffp. 225
Deleting your walletp. 228
Chapter 19 Joining the Online Money Revolutionp. 231
Financial TV and the Financial Internetp. 231
What to Expect on the Webp. 233
Finance Services and Sitesp. 234
Stock quotesp. 234
Stock chartsp. 238
Finance portalsp. 241
Subscription sitesp. 243
The AOLTV For Dummies Online Directoryp. 1
Part V The Part of Tensp. 247
Chapter 20 Ten Tips for a Better AOLTV Experiencep. 249
Remember to HOPp. 249
The Keyboard Is Your Surfboardp. 250
Save First, Ask Questions Laterp. 251
Easy Scrolling and Hard Scrollingp. 251
Crucial Keywordsp. 252
Dealing with Traffic Jamsp. 253
Dealing with Bad Sitesp. 254
Rename Your Favoritesp. 254
Simplify Web Addressesp. 255
Simplify E-Mail Addressesp. 256
Chapter 21 Ten Tips about Mail, Chat, and Messagingp. 259
Abbreviationsp. 259
Emotional Emoticonsp. 260
About Acronymsp. 261
Brief Is Betterp. 262
About Flaming and Trollingp. 262
Don't Spamp. 263
Toward Better Subject Linesp. 264
Joining and Avoiding Chain Gangsp. 265
Jaded with Junkp. 265
Sending Mail from Anywherep. 266
Chapter 22 Ten Sites from My Favorites Listp. 267
About.comp. 267
Amazonp. 269
CNETp. 270
eBayp. 272
Silicon Investor and Raging Bullp. 274
Slatep. 276
SmartPlanetp. 277
USNews.comp. 278
Wired Newsp. 279
Yahoo!p. 280
Chapter 23 Ten More Sites from My Favorites Listp. 283
Astrology Zonep. 283
CBS MarketWatchp. 284
Drudge Reportp. 285
Googlep. 286
Internet Movie Databasep. 288
NY Timesp. 289
The BigHub.comp. 290
The Onionp. 291
TV Guidep. 292
Yodleep. 293
Glossaryp. 295
Indexp. 299
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