>> Thursday, April 19, 2007
CD-i was meant as a standard for multimedia to compete with the PC CD-ROM standard, to watch movies on, play games, use it as reference, and so on. None of this came to be, and we waited patiently for a sequel. Philips didn't want to, and DVD only brought a part that was interested: Movies. Now it's 15 years later and we struggle with the same issues as CD-i: Video on Demand, Internet on your TV, High-Definition (Even at the time of CD-i a hot item!), Digital movies, pay-per-view. Everything that was supposed to be the key-factor for CD-i, now is used to promote the next generation. Apparently the developments go too fast and they want to implement new ways to get more money too soon. And we, the normal people, aren't really too excited about all these new things. Perhaps mainly because it cost a lot of money, and it doesn't even get better immediately. Too much, too fast?
Sony follows a remarkable trail of developments which let it compare with CD-i pretty good. Not set as a pure games machine, also Playstation 3 is put to release as a multimedia machine you can use for downloading, watching movies, internet, etc. The high price adds to the start of CD-i: sales are low and people are wondering why this happens. The introduction of yet another video standard could be the bottle neck. Video CD, at the time, couldn't convince people because it was expensive and not a wide standard. Will Blu-Ray change this?
Maybe. Perhaps 2008 will proof the CD-i was indeed far ahead of its time.