Play...Fast Forward...Rewind...Pause U.S. Firms Want to Wire America for Two-Way Tv, But Their Systems Are Not Yet Ready for Prime Time


You're watching the movie Dracula on Bell Atlantic's Stargazer video-on- demand service, and it's working like a charm. It's part of the phone company's two-way interactive-TV system, which is designed to demonstrate how tomorrow's couch potatoes will order movies and TV shows from a menu of listings and make them start and stop whenever they want.

But hold on. Suddenly the doorbell rings, or you want to go to the bathroom. What now? Unfortunately, Stargazer's pause button is still under construction. To stop a movie in midscene, you have to pick up a telephone handset, dial into the Stargazer control center,...

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