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Dish Leads in Race to Offer Online TV to Compete With Cable

In the race to deliver television over the Internet, Charlie Ergen’s Dish Network Corp. is pulling ahead.

With a groundbreaking agreement this week with Walt Disney Co., the satellite-TV company is poised to be the first to offer an Internet-based competitor to cable TV, a new kind of business that other major companies such as Intel Corp. and Apple Inc. have tried -- and so far failed -- to deliver.