>> Saturday, April 28, 2007
One of our members informed me about a portuguese company named CITI who developed quite a few titles on CD-i in cooperation with Philips Media. Philips was known for taking attention in local CD-i releases a lot, and every country in Europe has their own share of exclusive CD-i titles. It was the first time I heard about CITI, which is short for "Centro de Investigacao para Tecnologias Interactivas". Started in 1991, CITI was brought to life thanks to the "interactive dreams" of Philips for CD-i. Granted, we're not talking about games here, this was Philips' core business for use with their Family Entertainment brand including "The Great Art Series" and "City Portraits" which were funded by Philips in a lot of countries. The keyword here is Edutainment. I'll highlight the catalogue they offered in their portfolio and see if there's anything special.
1993: First they introduced the portuguese attribution of "City Portraits", with "Lisboa" a sort of enhanced Photo-CD should promote this beautiful city. Second: A presentation ordered by the Commissariat of Expo 98 in four languages (Portuguese, Korean, French and English). For use during the Exposition of Tajong in Korea (Nice road for CD-i in the far east!). Last, CITI produced a disc about the insides of the strategy advertising executive “Hour of Summer” for Renault, the car brand. this was distributed to all employees of Renault in 1993.
1994: An edition to "The Great Art Series" was released with "The Baroque", carried through the Program IMPACT 2, of the DGXIII of the European Union; This record gained a price of the "Jury Möbius Multimédia", in 1995. Second: A CD-i of the "Direcção de Serviços de Scientific Informação and Technique" presentation, of the Ministry of Jobs and the Social Security, dedicated to the "Fair of the Technological Modernization of the Portuguese Public Administration";
Third: IPPAR ("Instituto Português do Património Arquitectónico e Arqueológico"), CD-i about the "Portuguese Institute of the Architectural and Archaeological Património", the State secretary of Culture, especially made for the "Fair of the Book of Lisbon". Fourth: Karaoke of the Portuguese Popular Music, a CD-i integrated in the international catalogue of Philips Interactive Media Systems, “Karaoke Classics”;
1995: CITI issued the CD-IN Multimedia Magazine to promote CD-i in Portugal, together with Philips Media Ibérica. I wonder if this is about the original CD-i Magazine of Portugal; maybe you know the answer? Let me know, I'd like to make some scans of the inside papers, and I count these regional magazines to be pretty rare: at least I've never seen one. It would be great if we could add these issues as a PDF file in the Philipscdi.com Press index, where you can already find the dutch editions of CD-i magazine!
They also produced a nice Music CD-i about Pedro Abrunhosa (a famous portuguese singer), "Talvez" is about his music (from "Viagens") including digital video.
1996: CDi for the Ecological Park of Lisbon, in order of the City council of Lisbon for the new installation of the Park of Monsanto; Like many companies, CITI moved away from CD-i and concentrated its new products on CD-ROM and the internet... The biggest reason for that is ofcourse Philips stopped the money flow to fund these titles. When all these projects were in fact funded by Philips, I can imagine the loads of money the CD-i format had caused! Nowadays these titles are real collector items and due to the fact they have only been released in Portugal it won't be easy to get hold of a copy.
If you browse the website of CITI you can also find a few videos of these CD-i projects. I highly thank you all for your contributions, and let us create the biggest "regional CD-i exclusives" index, just like our previous French CD-i exclusives thanks to Le Monde du CD-i. (We have more about CITI to post in the following weeks.)
Credits: CITI, Carlos Correia