How You Can Make the Connection

New products are hastening to hook your TV to the Web.


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Fresh products are bringing new or expanded Internet content to your TV.

Netflix: Boxes to be built by LG and others will download movies from Netflix's Watch Now service. Netflix downloaders now need to connect a PC to their TV. Netflix says the new devices should be ready later this year.

Apple TV: The new version connects a TV to the Internet through a home network, with no PC needed to download movies from iTunes. The online store will offer 1,000 movies for rental, including high-definition versions. New price: $230.

HP MediaSmart: Hewlett-Packard was one of the first companies to boldly connect TVs directly to the Internet. HP's new TVs include a link for downloading movies from CinemaNow, an Internet movie site. Prices start at $1,900.

Archos TV+: A combination digital video recorder (think TiVo) and Internet device. It records live television and can connect directly to services such as CinemaNow for downloading movies and TV shows. Prices start at $250.

Sharp Aquos Net: TVs that connect through a home's network to customized Internet news and NBC Universal programming. Or Sharp technicians can, via the Internet, fix software problems on the set. Available soon, starting at $3,200.

Panasonic Viera Cast: TVs that connect through a home network to Google services, including YouTube videos and photos stored on its Picasa service. Available later this year.

Samsung InfoLink: TVs that can connect through home networks to Internet news and weather services. Available later this year.

D-Link MediaLounge: The latest example of boxes designed to wirelessly connect TVs to computers running Windows Media Center. The Media Center software, in turn, can tap Internet video, including YouTube and Vongo, a downloadable movie service from the Starz cable network. Priced at $330.