My Neighbor's Dish

EchoStar's new DISHPlayer lets you tap into direct-broadcast satellite--and surf the Web

For years I've coveted my neighbor's satellite dish. And while there's no explicit commandment against it, I knew it wasn't good for me to imagine him, smug in his vibra-chair, watching unusual and exotic programming--sumo wrestling from Japan, I bet, or The Larry Sanders Show reruns--while I was stuck with $50-a-month basic cable plus HBO and no pay-per-view. Last week, I'm delighted to say, I found an excuse to get my own direct-broadcast satellite TV. EchoStar, the second-largest DBS provider in the U.S., has just rolled out a promising new product called the DISHPlayer, a satellite receiver with an integrated WebTV...

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