In terms of planning our lives around what our TVs spit out, we’ve come a long way from the overly condensed pages of TV Guide. In fact, the magazine was already looking awful obsolete in the 1980s and 1990s, when cable systems around the country began dedicating entire channels to listing TV schedules.
The set-top box, the power-sucking block that serves as the liaison between you and your cable company, is a common sight in homes around the country these days.
But before all that was the Commodore Amiga, a device that played a quiet but important role in the cable television revolution.
Absolutely fascinating – I don’t think we had anything even remotely like this in The Netherlands.
That was pretty cool. Thanks for posting that article. I was an Amiga user from 1986 to 1994 and am always amazed how they were used. It’s always fun to fire up one of the old Amigas (or use WinUAE). What a shame that Commodore and Amiga were decimated in the 90’s…
I remember before Amigas existed our local cable company used 8 bit Ataris to display their program guide. I can’t remember what the software was called but do remember coming across it in different communities from time to time and reading about it in magazines.