Net Cafe (TV Series)

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Net Cafe
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Net Cafe Screenshot
Format Video (TV)
Genre Documentary
Origin USA
Language English
Release Date 1996-2002
Running Time 30 min
Created by NA
Directed by NA
Produced by NA
Written by NA
Screenplay by NA
Distributed by KTEH/PBS, APT
Narrated by Stewart Cheifet, Jane Wither, and Andrew deVries
Starring Stewart Cheifet, Jane Wither, and Andrew deVries
Music by NA
Cinematography by Phil Azzopardi, Ken Butler
Edited by NA
Production Company PCTV, Television Associates
Location(s) Various
Original Channel PBS
Additional Information
Based on NA
Topics Technology, Computers, Hacking
Follows NA
Precedes NA
Associated Video Computer Chronicles
Website NA

Net Cafe (Originally titled "The Internet Cafe", the title was changed after the first season) was the world's most widely distributed television series covering the Internet revolution during the height of the dot com boom. The series was broadcast throughout the United States and in more than one hundred other countries for six years, from 1996 through 2002. It was hosted by Stewart Cheifet, Jane Wither, and Andrew deVries.

The weekly program went behind the scenes of the World Wide Web to meet the people and explore the culture of the new "wired" generation. The series featured Internet tips, a guide to the best web sites, a preview of internet startups, and interviews with the movers and shakers behind the Internet phenomenon. It introduced many new web sites to the public which are now household names such as Yahoo!, Google, and eBay.

The series has been recognized for its journalistic excellence, winning a variety of prestigious broadcast awards. It was produced on location at various internet cafes around the Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.


Net Cafe was a widely distributed talk-show and educational program, aired from 1996 to 2002. It was produced for PBS (KTEH), but broadcast across the US and in over 100 other countries. Its topics ran the gamut of Internet content from computer hackers and sex-on-the-net, to computer gaming and on-line university courses. The Internet Cafe was an early example of a program that sought to do more than sensationalistically exploit the popularity of the new medium that was the World Wide Web. Although produced on the cheap for a local PBS station, it ended up being broadcast around the country and internationally.


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Net Cafe (1996) NA MPEG2


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