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Samsung teams with Diba on Net TV

Samsung Electronics and Diba collaborate on a new line of Samsung Internet-enabled TVs slated to ship in the United States in 1997.

Samsung Electronics and Diba will collaborate on a new line of Samsung Internet-enabled TVs slated to ship in the United States in 1997.

Samsung's TV will use Diba's Application Foundation, a software operating environment which Diba is licensing to consumer electronic companies and appliance manufacturers.

Samsung and Diba are two of many companies that promise to put the product on American shelves. Sony announced last month that it would introduce its WebTV terminal in September, a month earlier than planned, because of strong demand for the product. Mitsubishi Consumer Electronics plans to make Internet capabilities for televisions as early as next summer.

The TV, which will allow users to cruise the Web and get electronic mail, will be initially offered with a 29-inch screen, a 33.6 kbps modem, and a push-button, remote-control device.

Also, the TV will be capable of displaying a virtual keyboard on the TV screen, as well as providing remote-control data input and manipulation, Samsung said.

Samsung and Diba plan to ship Internet TVs to the Korean market by Christmas of this year. Samsung will export Internet TVs to the United States and Japan starting in 1997.