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Journal of Consumer Policy

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 55–83 | Cite as

The growth of the French videotex system and its implications for consumers

  • Robert N. Mayer
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Abstract

The French telecommunications authority (DGT) is embarked on the world's most ambitious effort to make videotex into a mass medium. The decision to distribute terminals (Minitels) free of charge as well as a unique approach to pricing services have generated substantial interest in the French Télétel system. This article describes and analyzes: (a) the reasons why this multibillion dollar gamble was undertaken, (b) the major elements of the French videotex system, (c) various measures of the system's progress to date, (d) the major types of services offered, (e) patterns of consumer use, (f) consumer problems and policy issues associated with the videotex medium, and (g) the prospects of the French videotex system taking hold in other nations.

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Economic Policy Major Element Mass Medium Major Type Policy Issue 
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Die Entwicklung des französischen Videotextsystems und seine Bedeutung für die Verbraucher

Zusammenfassung

Die französische Behörde für Telekommunikation macht im internationalen Vergleich die stärksten Anstrengungen, Videotext zu einem Massenmedium zu machen. Sowohl die Tatsache, daß die Terminals (Minitels) kostenlos zur Verfügung gestellt werden, wie auch die besondere Form der übrigen Preispolitik haben zu einem großen Interesse an dem französischen Télétel-System geführt.

Der Beitrag beschreibt (a) die Gründe, aus denen dieses millionenschwere Unterfangen begonnen wurde, analysiert (b) die Elemente des französischen Videotextsystems, behandelt (c) verschiedene Indikatoren zur Erfassung der bisherigen Entwicklung des Systems, nennt (d) die wichtigsten Arten der Angebote, die das System macht, skizziert (e) die Nutzergewohnheiten der Konsumenten, diskutiert (f) Verbraucherprobleme und politische Aspekte, die mit dem neuen Medium verknüpft sind, und prüft schließlich (g), welche Zukunftsaussichten des französischen Videotextsystems auch für andere Länder gelten dürften.

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