I recently put together an overview of various technologies related to the Internet that can help bridge the digital generational divide within families.
One product that I found to be very interesting was the MSN TV 2 Internet & Media Player. It’s sort of the next generation of what you knew as WebTV years ago.
I think the MSN TV 2 is a great product for the Internet newbies in your life. It’s got robust functionality (access Web sites, e-mail, chat and watch Internet video) and safety features (protection against spam, viruses and worms). Like the old WebTV, it runs through the TV set, so it’s a little more accessible than a PC to some folks.
If you want to promote the MSN TV 2 as a last minute Christmas gift, it’s available via Best Buy, Wal-Mart and other stores selling electronics that have affiliate programs.
I picked up a couple myself for Santa to put under the tree for some less than savvy relatives that want to get connected.