Webtv: Hello, Couch Potatoes

Can Steve Perlman sell WebTV to the masses?

Kevin Harrington wanted to get on the Internet, but he didn't much like computers--or their price tag. So after seeing ads and news stories about a $350 device from WebTV Networks Inc. for surfing the Internet via the TV, the maintenance foreman at a Akron (N.Y.) recreational-vehicle lot bought one last December. Now, he cruises the Web for news and sends E-mail to friends at least two hours a night. "If you're not into computers," says the 29-year-old, "it's unbelievably easy."

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