Chat4TV is a chat community where you can meet and chat with your friends, no matter what service or Internet access method you and they may use. We welcome people on PCs, but especially serve people who chat on WebTV and other Internet appliances.
One of the problems of the limited chat client on WebTV (and likely on some of the other Internet appliances) is that it does not have the full IRC command set of a PC chat client. We are able to extend full operator commands to WebTV users with our Expert IRC Interface. If you'd like to try out, just click on the Chat link at the top-left of your television screen.
We are always working on extending the capabilities we can provide to our community members, so let us know your ideas.
Chat Interfaces on Chat4TV
If you're on WebTV, we have a variety of ways for you to chat. You may use the basic chat interface that is built into WebTV, a number of chat interfaces that we and some of our chatters have made for you (ranging from the very simple to the very powerful), or you may use someone else's, or make your own -- we'll show you how. If you're on a PC or Mac, you may use our Java chat clients (we have two), or you may use your own chat program. We reserve the right to ban disruptive clients and scripts if they become a problem, but we believe that most problems are people problems that can't be solved by taking away the toys from everyone. To chat now, just click Chat, but please make sure that you have read our Rules first. If you don't agree with them, please chat elsewhere -- there are plenty of places on the Net.
If you're just joining Chat4TV, you may not know about our "shows." We run several talk shows a week that combine a RealAudio "talk show" with a chat. You can see what's coming up this week by checking our Shows page. Come join us, and find chat turn into a new experience! If you're a WebTV user on one of our interfaces or one that is designed by one of our chatters especially for Chat4TV, you'll notice an "audio" button on the interface -- just click it when a show is running to enjoy the audio portion of the program. PC users will need to have a RealPlayer -- if you don't already have one installed, you can download it from the Chat page.
If you're new to chat and you'd like to learn how to do it, or if you'd like to ask Val for your own chatroom for yourself and your friends and learn how to get her to help you, check out our How To page. You'll also find links to tutorials on building your own WebTV chat interfaces there, along with code that you can copy, paste onto your own homepage, and modify however you like for your own interface.
We do have some limitations that we need you to understand. We're not a big commercial chat service -- we're a small community service with a single chat server (right now, anyway), and a 60-stream RealAudio server. We are all volunteers, so please bear with us -- we're doing the best that we can. (We did not plan to open our chat server beyond our live shows, but the community needed it.) There are many places on the Internet where you can chat, so if you don't like our hosts or want to do something that we feel would be disruptive to our community, please recognize that you always have the ability to go elsewhere to exercise your freedom of speech.
If you like to chat, if you're community-minded and like to help people, and if you'd be interested in being a host on Chat4TV, please let us know. We're always looking for more people to join us in making Chat4TV a fun place for people to meet. Drop by our cozy #Lobby room sometime and tell us about yourself and what you'd like to do.