Apple Interactive Television Box


At A Glance

Apple Set Top Box

Designed as an interface between a consumer and an interactive television service, and built in 1995, the Apple Interactive Television Box was a prototype set top box built with hardware from Motorola and Texas Instruments. It was developed in collaboration with British Telecom in 1993 and was launched as a trial in 1994 in Britain to about 2,500 households, followed by a six-state trial in 1995. The product was eventually canceled later that year. You can read the original manual for the Apple Set Top Box here.

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Original Specifications


  • Status light:
    • Red (steady): main power is switched on; the Apple Interactive TV Box is undergoing self-test checks
    • Yellow: main power is switched on, but the Apple Interactive TV Box is not currently in use
    • Green: the Apple Interactive TV Box is on and in use
    • Red (flashing): the Apple Interactive TV Box is not working correctly
  • Universal power supply:
    • From 90 volts to 240 volts
    • From 50 Hertz to 60 Hertz
  • Weight:
    • 7 lbs. (2.6 kg)
  • Dimensions:
    • 15.6 in. wide x 11.4 in. deep x 2.2 in. high (395 mm x 290 mm x 56 mm)
  • Operating temperatures:
    • 10° C to 40° C (50° F to 104° F)
    • –40° C to 47° C (–40° F to 116° F)
  • TV Standards for RF Ports:
    • If RF ports have aerial connectors: PAL
    • If RF ports have F connectors: NTSC
  • Video decompression standard:
    • MPEG-2 Transport containing ISO11172 (MPEG-1) bit streams
  • Input and output ports:
    • INPUT: Apple Desktop Bus (ADB)
    • SCART: two 21-pin EURO-SCART
    • RF IN and RF OUT: 75 ohms; either PAL aerial connectors tuned to channels 32–40 or NTSC F-connectors tuned to channel 3 or 4
    • Network: RJ-45 connector for either E1 data stream on PAL devices or T1 data stream on NTSC devices
    • Serial: requires Apple System/Peripheral 8 Cable
    • S-Video: Separate Video output
    • Video: RCA jack, composite video output
    • Audio: RCA jacks, left and right stereo output
    • SCSI: HDI-3



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