MSN TV

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MSN TV
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URL http://www.msntv.com/
Project status Closing
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
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MSN TV, formerly known as WebTV, is a bundled thin client and online service which is closing on September 30, 2013. Microsoft offers a bunch of migration options for MSN TV users, though it does not appear that an easy transition route will be offered for home pages. Many of these date back to the late 1990s, and all will be lost.

Closure notice

Service Closure Announcement
The MSN TV service will be closing on September 30, 2013. If you are an MSN TV subscriber, click here to read the Closure FAQ for details on what you should do before the service ends. You will also receive an email and letter providing more information.

Initial exploration

URLs of MSN TV web pages take the form of either community.webtv.net, or community-X.webtv.net where X is a number from 1 to 4.

Sometimes random junk gets added into the start of the path part of the URL, in the form of /@HH!XX!XX!XXXXXXXXXXXX/ for example, http://community-2.webtv.net/@HH!17!BF!62DA2CCF370F/TvFoutreach/COUNTDOWNTO666/ which is the same as http://community-2.webtv.net/TvFoutreach/COUNTDOWNTO666/. This will have to be sed'd out to remove duplicates.

Sometimes @Lookup will appear in the same place in the URL. This, too, will need to be sed'd out.

Other stuff: