Friday, July 27, 2007

My museum of content related artefacts (13)

Today I will present a picture blog, more illustrations than text. With the blog on electronic books I showed a few covers of products, but today I have prepared some 20 CD-i covers and discs from my CD-i collection of 88 artefacts to show the wide range of interests, Philips attempted to cover with this medium. Basically it shows that Philips did not know to select and target a market for the machine.

Encyclopedia. The Compton Encyclopaedia was an international production. The product was also bundled as a CD-ROM when a PC was bought. The Philips interactive encyclopaedia in Dutch was a translated encyclopedia, which first was published on CD-i and later (to recover the investment) on CD-ROM.

Course material. CD-i was a perfect carrier for courses. Again it was a new carrier to package courses on.

Manuals. The CD-i was also demonstrated from the beginning as a manual as it could contain video clips. The Halm company used CD-i to help engineers with troubleshooting. The company hoped to be able to save on flying time for engineers.

Catalogues. The use of CD-i as an electronic catalogue was obvious, especially as video was an extra attraction.

Product promotion. CD-i was also used to promote costly consumer products such as motors. Given the video facility CD-i could recreate the atmosphere needed for promotion like the Harley Davidson Experience.





City marketing.


Childrens discs.

News, events.

Softporn. Philips had lost the Video2000 video standard fight from JVC as it did not allow porn. With CD-i Philips did not object to softporn titles like the one of Tatjana a local Playboy centre fold.

Internet Online. This cover is of one of the last CD-i disc, when there was still hope in the Philips camp that internet would save CD-i with CD-i online.

My favourite. The trial disc Gnomes is very dear to me. The title never reached the market; it was not put on CD-ROM either. The CD-i was an electronic version of a book with drawings about gnomes by the Dutch artist Rien Poortvliet. The CD-i was interesting as it used hotspots to create an experience with young and old.

Blog Posting Number: 824


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