Nokia Media Terminal
Product demonstrated: November 16-17, 2000
Deal announced: February 23rd 2002
Many Amiga fans were shocked at the news that Amiga Inc. had partnered with
Nokia. The company had (perhaps unfairly) attracted an image for announcing
meaningless partnerships (the
RedHat announcement) or products that have been significantly delayed (the
Sharp deal). The Nokia continued this trend by being canceled before it
was released. In a shocking announcement, Nokia announced that the product was
dead before informing Amiga Inc. and their other partners. It has been speculated
that the deal was originally arranged by Dr. Pentti Kouri, a Nokia shareholder
and Invisible Hand managing partner who has financed Amiga Inc. in the past.
Before it was canceled the MediaTerminal attracted some impressive awards.
Most notable, it won the 'Excellence in Swedish Design' Award, the 'iF Product
Design' Award and TechTV's Best of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Award.
|Intel Celeron ® 566 Mhz CPU or faster
|40GB (or more)
|64 MB system memory (SDRAM)
|Integrated V.90 POTS modem
|OS and applications
Linux Operating System
Mozilla open source browser
Email client (supports SMTP, POP3, NNTP protocols)
The machine itself is based upon a standard Intel Celeron processor, equipped
with 64MB SDRAM and a 40GB hard disk. It is marketed as an 'infotainment device'
that combines the benefits of digital television, personal video recorder, and
an Internet terminal. In other words, it's a 21st century CDTV
that will sit in your living room and provide another method of interacting
with your television. For more information on the hardware and software, take
a look at the system specs.
The company has used the open source card to their advantage, providing an
integrated suite of applications specifically tailored to a television display.
Commendably, they are actively supporting open source initiatives to develop
Linux-based entertainment applications and returning relevant source code to
the developer community for further development. This has benefits for all parties.
For more information see relevant sites at the bottom of
Once the user has connected the machine they will be presented with a customized
interface that will allow the user to perform several tasks - such as surf the
Internet, chat online, record a movie, or download an MP3 - using the installed
Linux operating system. The Linux-based Amiga DE will be integrated with several
applications, including the open source Netscape offshoot, Mozilla, providing
the customer with a method of downloading and running Amiga DE and Java products.
The customer is unlikely to be aware that they are using an Amiga application,
they will simply view it as another method of using the device.
Amiga Press Release (23rd February 2002)
Media Terminal system specifications
LinuxTV - projects to provide DVD, DVB support
Interactive TV Today - Relevant information
on the interactive TV market
Last Update: 1/8/2002