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The Internet: Coming Soon to a TV near You

SUN Bought Diba, a designer of Internet appliances, including Net TVs.

NETCHANNEL Startup works with Thomson Consumer Electronics, owner of RCA, to offer Net programming enhanced for TV. Its NetChannel service, at $19.95 a month, will be available in September on RCA set-tops.

ORACLE Its NCI unit licenses software to manufacturers of set-tops and other Net devices. NEC began shipping a $2,500, 28-inch TV with NCI's software in July. And RCA will offer its NCI-based $299 RCA set-top this month.

WEBTV Since October, it has sold just 100,000 set-top boxes, which let TV viewers surf the Net. It hopes its new version will be a mass-market entertainment network.

SOURCE: COMPANY REPORTS, BUSINESS WEEK


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