The World Wide Web. . . On A Tv Near You

The long-awaited Internet appliance offers the Net without the PC

word processing and spreadsheets. Nor do these devices come with hard drives for storing files or downloads, which is a major part of the Internet experience. However, some are equipped with printer ports that let you print selected data displayed on the television. “It is an inexpensive and easy way to learn how to enjoy and use the Internet,” says Jill Frankle, an analyst with IDC/Link, which estimates that about 30,000 Web TV appliances were sold in 1996, and predicts that as many as 280,000 will sell this year.

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