As smart cards begin to make their way into the hands of consumers, hopes are being revived among some technology promoters that people will soon use chip cards to buy goods through televisions with Internet connections.

The vision of “t-commerce,” or television commerce, has been out there for a while but has failed to be realized for various reasons. Now, however, some of those reasons — the scarcity of smart cards and other necessary equipment, lack of bandwidth, and the Internet’s novelty — are less powerful, and efforts are afoot to try to whip up interest.

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