In a shake-up expected since last fall, Time Warner Interactive was put under the auspices of a corporate board managed by Time Warner's Home Box Office unit, leading to the resignation of TWI Chairman Geoffrey Holmes and Chief Operating Officer Craig Moody. Mr. Holmes had earlier lost his corporate title of senior VP-technology. The 200-employee TWI unit develops and markets interactive software for CD-ROM, TV and other platforms.
CompuServe said it counted 10,000 downloads of its new Web browser in the first 48 hours of its availability. Subscribers will receive three free hours of Internet access per month; additional hours are $2.50 each. CompuServe also will offer a package of 20 hours of Internet access for $15 per month. CompuServe plans to advertise the browser in print, electronic and interactive media.
Real-time audio is coming to the Internet via Progressive Networks, Seattle, eliminating the need to download audio files and listen to them later. Among the World Wide Web publishers that will use the technology are HotWired, Hollywood Online, Metaverse and Global Network Navigator.
USA Network and Sci-Fi Channel will carry the interactive programming of Zing Systems, Englewood, Colo., when the company launches its service later this year.....Kroger Co. will test grocery delivery via interactive TV with Interactive Channel in Denton, Texas.....SportsLine USA and Netscape Communications Corp. formed a joint venture to create a sports service on the World Wide Web.....GTE Telephone Operations, Irving, Texas, named Gary Wald VP-advertising development for interactive TV, mainStreet and multimedia, from independent consultant.