Videoway was the first interactive, addressable television entertainment system in North America. Implemented by Videotron in 1989, this system was connected to the subscriber’s television and used as a decoder for scrambled channels, as a gaming and movies on demand rental service, as well as a source of interactive information for banners, the weather, the lottery and the stock exchange.
The Videoway system included forty or so games, spanning from games of skill to board games. The most well-known and popular ones were Mordicus, Temporel Inc., Styx, Mr. Chin, Le fou du roi, Hamburger and Crocomaths.
In addition to the game functions and multiple telematics services (weather reports, lottery results, road conditions, education, news, programming listings, financial information and more), subscribers had access to interactive features during shows specially designed for the interactive mode— entertainment, educational programming, theatre for young people – or conventional programming enhanced with a conversational mode (newscasts, games, sports or variety shows). During the latter, viewers could select content and shot angles or get answers to questions.
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