Definitions for videotexˈvɪd i oʊˌtɛks
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
vid•e•o•texˈvɪd i oʊˌtɛks(n.)
an information transmission and retrieval system that provides interactive communication via telephone or television for such purposes as data processing and electronic banking and shopping.
Category: Radio and Television
Origin of videotex:
1975–80; video+tex (t )
Any of various early information retrieval services, such as viewdata and Teletext systems, that delivered pages of computerized text to users on request.
Origin: video text
The New Hacker's Dictionary
An electronic service offering people the privilege of paying to read the weather on their television screens instead of having somebody read it to them for free while they brush their teeth. The idea bombed everywhere it wasn't government-subsidized, because by the time videotex was practical the installed base of personal computers could hook up to timesharing services and do the things for which videotex might have been worthwhile better and cheaper. Videotex planners badly overestimated both the appeal of getting information from a computer and the cost of local intelligence at the user's end. Like the gorilla arm effect, this has been a cautionary tale to hackers ever since. See also vannevar.