The first generation NetStation design and the NetStation trademark was licensed to NChannel, which provided the consumer equipment and Internet service (with associated infrastructure) for the UK market. After a few months, NChannel split into two entities: NetChannel (which provided the Internet service) and NetProducts which provided the consumer hardware.
NetProducts was set up in November 1996 by Hermann Hauser to produce an OEM version of the Acorn NetStation. NC for NetChannel. NetChannel was the UK subsidiary of a US company planning to offer Internet access on the TV via a Set Top Box and telephone line.
NetProducts started working with Acorn to develop a next-generation product, NetStation II and started developing an email-only set-top-box (the TVemail). NetProducts went into voluntary liquidation in 1998 before either project was completed.
The main board is Acorn Computers 1996 S/N NSI-MUKP48E-000184-A1A2. This is essentially, a cut-down version of the A7000 with a A7500 chip. It comes with a dial-up modem. It runs NCOS and is the predecessor to the Xemplar box.
Our working Nchannel NetStation which is complete with power supply, Remote Control and NetStation Card has the model and serial number of NS1-MUKP48E-000184-A1A2 and was kindly donated by Dr Peter Cattermole
For further information visit Chris Whytehead's website: http://chrisacorns.computinghistory.org.uk/AfterAcorn/NetProducts.html
Date: November 1996
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