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CNET News.com: Some WebTV set-tops slashed to $50

Jul 14, 1999, 01:04 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephanie Miles)

"As pressure mounts from the 'free PC' craze and other market forces, some sellers of the WebTV set-top boxes are slashing prices to as low as $50.

The TV set-top boxes, which offer Web viewing and enhanced television programming, were first introduced two years ago at $199--a relative bargain compared to the price of a full desktop PC.

But during the last two years, PC prices have plummeted, with major retailers offering the equivalent of free PCs through rebate and subsidy programs. In the meantime, WebTV pricing has stayed static. Now it appears that a basic WebTV box may be one of the cheapest ways to get online."

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