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  That should work well for TCI, they are already in the market of
  providing inferior products/service to people who have no other
  > >                      One of the biggest players in the cable business,
  > >                      Tele-Communications Inc., has called upon
  > >                      dominant powers in the PC business, including
  > >                      Intel and Microsoft, to supply as many as 10
  > >                      million set-top boxes to turn televisions into
  > >                      network computers, The Wall Street Journal
  > >                      reported today. The deal is estimated to be worth
  > >                      more than US$3 billion. Today is the deadline for
  > >                      TCI to receive technical proposals from parties
  > >                      interested in making the set-top boxes.
  > >
  > >                      If TCI's cable affiliates fall in line, the purchase
  > >                      could grow to 25 million units and set the de facto
  > >                      standard for digital TV. TCI's specifications call for
  > >                      services to include digital compression that will
  > >                      provide 10 to 12 channels of programming for each
  > >                      current channel; links to sports and business
  > >                      news; the ability to make online transactions;
  > >                      integrated VCR controls for easy recording;
  > >                      attachments for viewing over both TV sets and
  > >                      computers; video-on-demand; email; games;
  > >                      software downloads; and more.
  John Malouf ( My opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the Utah Education