Internet on TV w/o Cable

If you want to bring the Internet to you tv you typically need a separate device — a video-game console, DVD player or set-top box with Internet access.

Now you will be able to take a more direct route with LG. The company announced a line of televisions that can directly receive Internet video in addition to satellite and cable signals.

LG’s line of LCD and plasma televisions is called Broadband HDTVs and are expected to cost around $300 more than comparable models without Internet access, said Tim Alessi, director of product development at LG Electronics.

Owners of the televisions will not be able to browse the Web freely though— the TVs’ processors and memory chips are not up to that task. But the Broadband HDTVs will have access to a variety of specific video sites, and on Monday, LG will announce one in particular: Netflix.