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So you want to surf the Web using your television? WebTV was the first big name in set-top Internet devices and still offers a cost-effective way to send and receive e-mail and surf the Web. The problem: Most people want to do more -- track finances, write a book, scan pictures, work with images, etc. -- after they get a taste of the Internet, and those tasks cannot be done using WebTV alone.
However, DISH Network -- one of the major satellite TV providers -- recently launched what it calls the DISHplayer 500 (www.dishtelevision.com). This unit combines a satellite receiver, a WebTV Internet device and personal video recorder -- along the lines of the Philips TiVo (www.tivo.com) or Replay TV (www.replaytv.com).
Probably the most confusing aspect of this whole setup is that you actually have to subscribe to three different services to take advantage of all the …