THE BIG POTATO

It’s called Microsoft Ultimate TV and it could make you the ultimate couch potato


Imagine a DirecTV satellite receiver that also puts the Internet on your TV. Add to that a hard-drive recorder that allows you to capture 35 hours of programming, freeze live TV, and do instant replays. Then, add two tuners so you can watch a show and record another at the same time. Sony and RCA make the boxes that make it all possible. The units retail for about $399 to $449. For details, log on to www.rca.com or www.ultimatetv.com, and for more gadget wizardry you can’t live without, visit www.technogadgets.com.