The product and service were developed by America Online. While most thin clients developed in the mid-1990s were positioned as diskless workstations for corporate intranet, AOL TV was positioned as a consumer device for web access. The service is no longer supported by AOL as the documentation has been removed from their servers. It has been closed since 2002. Since the device was a dedicated web browser appliance, the cost of licensing an operating system could be avoided. For inexpensive devices, the cost of licensing the operating system is substantial.