A few years ago, bankers were writing obituaries for the concept of television banking. Now, some of them are writing birth notices.

The idea of letting people conduct banking transactions using the remote control of their television set - or a keyboard or other plug-in device - has long been tantalizing. Just about everyone watches television (whether or not they admit it), and some bankers think that people who do not want to bank over the telephone or by personal computer might find the simplicity and familiarity of the television appealing.

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