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Amiga Set-top boxes

The Amiga has had a long and turbulent history as a set-top machine, yet the Classic Amiga OS remains perfectly suited to the role; it can be used with a TV, can surf the internet, and can be used as a full computer. Despite many efforts to develop a machine to fulfill this role, few have suceeded in actually bringing it to market. This page provides a complete list of the numerous attempts to develop for the market.

Amiga CD32

Amiga CD32
Both Sony and Sega have promoted the notion of a console that can be turned into a full computer, send email, etc. Many  seem to forget that such a thing was possible back in 1993. The combination of the CD32 and SX-1/SX32 expansion can turn the game console into a fully-fledged Amiga, allowing the user to surf the internet or write a letter on their TV. When Escom bought the Amiga in 1995 they announced that the CD32 would be tailored to fill this market. Visit the CD32 or SX32 page
 
Developer Escom/third part developers
Year of (predicted) Release The SX-/SX32 expansion modules have been available since 1995.

Hombre Console

It is known that at the time of the Commodore liquidation they were developing a 4th generation chipset called Hombre. One of the planned systems for this technology was a low-end CD32 unit. If the machine had actually been developed it is likely that it would have also provided basic internet access and additional features to turn it into a full computer.
 
Developer Commodore
Year of (predicted) Release 1995 - 1996

Amiga Surfer

A1200 Surfer
The Amiga Surfer was a half-baked idea to sell the Amiga to the set-top market. It consisted of a basic A1200 bundled with a 28k modem and software to surf the internet. Read more.
 
Developer Amiga Technologies
Year of Release 1996

Viscorp ED

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The Amiga ED (Electronic Device) was a set-top box developed by Viscorp for the low-end internet market. It would have provided basic internet services such as e-mail, web browsing, online gaming, and banking. Once the device had been completed it would have been licensed to third party manufacturers. Read more.
 
Developer Viscorp
Year of (predicted) Release 1996

M-Box

A news article in an Amiga magazine indicated that Micronik were developing an Amiga set-top. The project was never heard from again. Read more.
 
Developer Micronik
Year of (predicted) Release 1999

Amiga MCC

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A low-end consumer system developed by Gateway for the Convergence market. The project was eventually cancelled to concentrate on a purely software solution. The MCC lives on under the title of AOL TV. Read more.
 
Developer Amiga Inc/Gateway
Year of (predicted) Release 2000

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