LAS VEGAS -Following the lead of Zenith Electronics Corp. and Thomson Multimedia, EspriTV Inc. introduced a new set-top-free, Internet-enabled television at the 2001 Consumer Electronics Show here.
Los Angeles-based EspriTV said its 27-inch, flat-screen model will launch commercially this summer in the U.S. and carry a suggested retail price of $998. The company's 16-inch entry will go for $798.
EspriTV plans to introduce a line of Internet televisions for Europe by late 2001 or early 2002, a company spokesman said.
Sega of America's "Dreamcast" game consoles also use Planetweb's browser.
The company's TV sets also feature browser-in-picture and picture-in-browser functions, which are manipulated by specially made wireless keyboards and remote controls.
Late last year, Zenith said it planned to introduce a similar, 27-inch set next year for roughly $600 that uses Wind River's "VxWorx" operating system and OpenTV Inc.'s "Spyglass" Web browser. Thomson Multimedia, meanwhile, announced a line of TVs that incorporate Microsoft Corp.'s "Microsoft TV" software for a service rollout in France and Germany.
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