BTX / Prestel / Videotex / Minitel

In the early 1980s, various different countries launched digital online services around the Videotex standard, which was designed in the late 1970s. It was used to deliver information (usually pages of text) to a user in computer-like format, typically to be displayed on a television or a dumb terminal.

Country Service Name Standard Launched Discontinued
Germany BTX / Bildschirmtext CEPT1 1983 2001
France Minitel CEPT2 1982 2012
United Kingdom Prestel CEPT3 1978 1994
Canada Alex CEPT2 1988 1994
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