Netstation, producer of a set-top box giving internet access via an ordinary TV, has suffered another delay to its launch date, postponing its entrance for a fourth time.
The box will retail for about #350, providing internet access for non-technical users. It is controlled using a remote control or an optional infra-red keyboard. The unit was originally scheduled for launch in September 1996 but has suffered a series of delays, the latest of which has been blamed on the failure of suppliers in China to deliver certain parts for the units. It is now scheduled to go on sale on 14 July.
Jamie Minotto, new business development manager at Netstation, said: ?We wanted to be sure of the security of the transfer of financial information before the launch. We are now confident about this.?
Minotto denied there had been any problems with the registration smart card process, and said Netstation would be supplied directly to large retailers, claiming that he had agreed deals with Tempo, Innovations catalogue, Harrods and Hand Technologies. He said Netstation would not use a distributor for the launch of the product but may use one in the future to service small independents.
Olivetti and Acorn joined forces in August 1996 in the hope of being the first network computer (NC) supplier, after developing specifications for the NC concept which is pitched as a low-cost internet terminal device.
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