The Macintosh TV was Apple's first attempt at computer-television integration. It shared the external appearance of the Macintosh LC 500 series, but in black. The Macintosh TV was essentially a Macintosh LC 520 that could switch its built-in 14" Sony Trinitron CRT from being a computer display to a cable-ready television. It was incapable of showing television feeds in a desktop window, although it could capture still frames to PICT files.
One of the reasons cited for its failure was its sub-par graphics performance. Combined with this and its crippled 16 MHz bus speed, it made for both a poor computer when compared with Apple's other offerings and an expensive TV, leaving most to opt for separate products.
It came with a small credit card-sized remote control that was also compatible with Sony televisions. It was the first Macintosh to be made in black and came with a custom black keyboard and mouse. Later Apple would issue a custom black Macintosh Performa 5420 in markets outside the United States with many of the features of the Mac TV. The Mac TV tuner card was a popular option for the LC & Performa series.
Only 10,000 were made in the model's short time on the market.
Software Included with Macintosh TV
- System 7.1
- Finder 7.1
- LaserWriter 7.1.2
- CD-ROM (includes Apple CD-ROM, Foreign File Access, Apple Photo Access, etc.)
- Apple Video Player (includes Video Startup extension)
- QuickTime 1.6.1
- Macintosh Drag 'n' Drop
- Sound Manager
- TV Setup