>> Friday, April 6, 2007
In the early development-stage, it looked very promising for CD-i: as almost all major consumer electronics companies announced plans to manufacture players or showed prototype models. Among those companies were Pioneer and Matsushita (Panasonic), but the players that they showed never went into production. Sony sold some portable CD-i players for a very short period of time in 1991. But in the end, Philips became the major backer of the CD-i system, supporting the system with software titles, authoring tools and some 20 or so models of CD-i players, which were produced until June 1999. By then, CD-i had already disappeared from the consumer market for some years, but it was extensively used by a wide variety of companies in the professional field. Over the years, several companies joined Philips in producing players, or selling modified OEM-versions of existing players such a LG Electronics, Kyocera, Bang & Olufsen, Grundig, Digital Video Systems, NBS and Memorex. This time we're taking a closer look at the Kyocera CD-i player.