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On the heels of last month's announcement that it would enter the consumer electronics market, computer maker Dell says it will soon begin marketing a 17-inch LCD digital television.

The Dell W1700 combines a traditional flat panel monitor and television tuner, and will be available in the U.S. and Canada next week. It features VGA and DVI inputs for use with a computer system, and an integrated tuner and S-video, component video and composite video inputs for use as a television. The display is HDTV-ready, includes integrated speakers that deliver up to 5 W per channel.

On a related note, Dell also says it is negotiating a deal to sell DirecTV/TiVo combination satellite receiver/personal video recorders starting in November.