I was looking at purchasing the appropriate hardware to get WebTV operational. We have a SmartTV which is WiFi capable, so it seemed we had the right hardware to start. Not sure if using an Ethernet connection would be better and possibly more secure if we went through a router, but we need to research this further. We currently have cable TV with hundreds of channels and we watch on average about 5 on a regular basis. None of them are basic TV channels. We had to upgrade the cable package to get the ESPN sports we want, but our CableTV provider only offers a surrogate of ESPN. ESPN itself is not offered by the Cable companies where we live, so WebTV seemed the better way to go for us. The family pointed out that AppleTV offers ESPN where we live but this morning I read this: " Some services like ESPN are available on Apple TV, however ESPN requires you to authenticate your ESPN account with your cable or satellite TV provider before you can watch any of the content." Is this a LOL moment or an FU moment? (sorry moderator, the best I can do).