Sega Dreamcast / WebTV Japan

WebTV for Dreamcast known as Microsoft WebTV Connection Kit is a Japanese-only disc that allowed users of Microsoft's WebTV service to access the Internet from their Sega Dreamcast. The service, which debuted in Spring 1999, used the Windows CE capabilities of the Dreamcast to run a version of Internet Explorer 2.0. At the time of its release, the WebTV browser was an improvement over Sega's bundled Dream Passport software. By the release of Dream Passport 3, however, the Sega browser became more capable than WebTV. A later version of the WebTV disc included 128-bit SSL capabilities which were not present on the launch disc.

As the software requires a Japanese WebTV account, which are no longer available, the service can no longer be used on a Dreamcast. Or can it?! In 2019 steps were taken to bring the service back to life. As of this writing there is a public and private server available for connection. The public server uses whats called minisrv (by: Zefie) more info here, it works well and can also be added upon by anyone willing. As for the private server, it's a full working server and at this time is closed to the public. A special version of the Microsoft WebTV Connection Kit has been translated from Japan to the US it's about 90% complete at this point and works great and is configured to connect to the HTV mini server. If you would like to see what WebTV was like on the Dreamcast read on below for more info.

Other Sega DreamCast Areas Of Interest:

DreamCast WebTV Roms | Extracted Rom | JP Codes/Info | More info on the Microsoft WebTV Connection Kit

How to connect to the internet using the Microsoft WebTV Connection Kit

This method is for connecting with an actual Dreamcast not a emulator. You can find out more about that below.

1. You need to get yourself a dreampi line voltage inducer, and a usb 56k modem watch this video ~ HERE ~ it explains how to build your own inducer, very simple! It also tells you pretty much everything else.

2. Hopefully you watched the video above cause it tells you everything you will need and where to get it. It's all listed in the video's description. But we will go over the steps anyway.

3. Download DreamPi For WebTV v2 - ~ HERE ~ I should clarify that i've only tested this with a pi 3b I have no idea if it will work on any other pi.

4. Download SD Card Formatter - ~ HERE ~ Get yourself a 4gb or bigger sd card and format it.

5. Download Win32 Disk Imager - ~ HERE ~ Extract the DreamPi For WebTV img. Open Win32 Disk Imager and browse to the img, then click on Write.

6. Download Putty - ~ HERE ~ Once the image is on your pi power it up and connect to it using putty. OMG watch the VIDEO!! I don't want to write out all these directions! at about 8:40 I cover setting up stuff.

7. Download the ROM - CDI version or GDI version Burn the cdi to disk or use something like GDemu. Both versions have been converted to english, well about 90% converted :)

8. Plug your newly made line inducer into your Dreamcast.

9. Load up your rom or cd and click on the connect button. It should connect to the HackTV(HTV) mini server no problem if you did everything right. If your having problems connecting for some reason you can goto into the phone settings and under basic just make sure tone dialing is checked. Other suggestions would be to enter HackTV tricks (pass: seqret1) on the home page and delete the tellyscript, maybe try reset flash but you shouldn't need to do any of that if this is the first time you are connecting to the Webtv server. It's also possible that the server is down witch can happen from time to time.

10. Done!

WebTV on Your Smart Phone? In this video i'm Connecting with the modded Microsoft WebTV Connection Kit rom.
You can download the rom from ~ Here~ Grab the Flycast emulator from ~ Here ~ Or the bundled package ~ HERE ~
comes with the Flycast emu and both the cdi and gdi versions of the custom Microsoft WebTV Connection Kit rom.
Setup is easy, install the emulator whether it's on android or windows. Point to where your roms are stored and the bios. Thats it!

Just messing around with the stock DreamCast image before modding it.
Jamming out to classic WebTV music lol

Sega Dreamcast WebTV Japan Screenshots

Tech Info - 411
Goto Panel
Options Panel
Info Panel
Send Page Panel
Home Page
Disc Front cover
Disc Back cover
Cover Art Translation by: elinery2005

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