14-01-2022: 30 Jaar CD-i

The year 1991 is known in the world of computers as the year that the term web browser was first used and that Philips launched the term interactive to the general public with the Philips Compact Disc-Interactive. Time for a party about this Dutch heritage!

CD-i (Compact Disc Interactive) was developed in the mid-1980s by Philips in collaboration with Sony and Microware developed. CD-i appeared in the US consumer market in 1991 and in Europe in 1992. To ensure sufficient CD-i titles, the software branch Philips Media was established, which focused on the development and distribution of CD-i titles. Hundreds of deals were made with game studios, book publishers, museums, record companies, TV channels and film producers. As a result of a partnership with Nintendo, Mario, Link and Zelda titles even appeared on CD-i.

Although CD-i may be considered one of Philips' most ambitious projects ever, the system did not achieve the great success it had hoped for. This was mainly due to the lack of products from partners such as Sony and Panasonic. But the complex and regularly changing positioning of CD-i as a family device, game console or video player also caused confusion. CD-i disappeared from the consumer market around 1997.

The HomeComputerMuseum contains the complete collection of the New International CD-i Association (ICDIA), compiled by Jorg Kennis since 1990. The collection consists of more than 1,500 discs, including 500 professional titles that have never been available for regular sale. An overview of all discs in this collection can be found at http://www.icdia.co.uk/archive . In addition to this software collection, there is also a special hardware collection with some prototypes of both players and hardware.

The collection will be officially opened on Friday December 3rd. On this festive occasion, the collection will be specially highlighted with stories, presentations and demonstrations. Confirmed names include: Jorg Kennis (collection owner), Erik Schylander (technical director Philips), Marc Corthout (general director Philips licensing), Luc Rooijakkers (SPC Vision / The Vision Factory) and Bert Gall (CD-i standard).

Admission is €10.00 and the event starts at 12:00 (open from 10:00). There is only a limited number of places available.

Order your tickets directly via https://tickets.homecomputermuseum.nl/cdi

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