This brought back some memories–my first encounter with the internet was via WebTV, and I remember it being a delightful, if limited user experience. I lasted about 4 months with it before buying my first Gateway computer, and I’ve been online ever since.
This, of course, never happened to an actual WebTV user, but was caught in testing, just before rollout–luckily. It’s a coding error, and the article explains it all. There’re several more anecdotes on the site. Enjoy! 😀