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A very special CD-i collection

>> Monday, June 18, 2007

You won't come across a special CD-i collection often like I did last weekend. CD-i forum member "List" hinted at the Videopac Forum where I found out about Steelballs & Jansen, a website about the Philips Videopac and Odyssey now including a CD-i section. How cool, because I've just discovered some very special CD-i items there, which I can't let unnoticed. Have a look below as Interactive Dreams ofcourse saves everything for our CD-i archive including promotional material about CD-i! "Having completed my European videopac collection, I was left wondering what to focus on next. I am constantly busy with most of the systems I collect, but normally I go through periods of putting more energy into a particular system. Why the cd-i? Well I had a reasonable collection of cd-i goodies and the system always interested me due the fact that it wasn't purely a games console. I know that the majority of people find the cd-i far from a games console, and as far as the majority of titles go, I would have to agree, but as far as the hardware goes there is enough variety for me to justify collecting it. This coupled with the fact that my new neighbour used to work for Philips and kindly donated some very welcome items to my collection."

I wanted to save this information for a little later, but now the link is available more CD-i fans will find it anyway. All credits to steelballs and check out his website for more stuff! The top right image is about some official CD-i paperclips, stored in a plastic holder with the same logo as from a CD-i demonstration disc "You can do it all with Philips CD-i". Click on each picture to view the image in high resolution.

Here you see a picture of the official carrying case of the portable Philips CD-i 350 player. A protective hardcase, perfectly made to fit the CD-i portable. Not as small as the Sony IVO-V11 CD-i, still a very nice piece of hardware.

The professional CD-i 180/181 stack we've seen before, but I was particularly interested in the CD-interactive cap on top. I've never seen it before, and I would love to have it! It reminds me of "Thunder in Paradise", here you see the cast playing on CD-i and Chris Lemmon wears an official Philips POV cap. I've always wanted that cap ;) So here's the second CD-i cap I know of.

This is something special, and you'll see more of it soon. I was surprised to find this picture on the internet, but it doesn't matter anyway, it's a beautiful official CD-i controller, prototyped and unreleased. More soon.

Pretty rare, this is the official Philips television with a built-in CD-i player. I've told you before about the B&O CD-i version, which is based on the same technique. Philips tried to integrate CD-i in more like this, for example the official stereo hi-fi set including a CD-i player. Unfortunately you don't see this player a lot. regarding the limited lifetime of the CRT screen, once the screen is dead, the CD-i player is dead too.

Lucky Steelballs owns two CD-i televisions, and here he's demonstrating both The 7th Guest and Dragon's lair. Unfortunately the lighting is bad, but the screens are beautiful.

Videostores and warehouses often had a CD-i demonstration kit including a touchscreen. Our local hospital also had this Videotronic system offering a preview of the Philips Media Medical Encyclopedia (dutch) on CD-i. This is a unique set of a CD-i 470 player built-in a television with touchscreen ability. Rare, yes! As far as I know, the Videotronic CD-i kit was never sold for the consumer market, and meant purely for demonstration and professional areas.

Last but not least, this is the official CD-i wooden train model I've heard about from CD-i member Erronous before and I remember I've seen this before, probably the pictures got lost in the enormous archive. I'm glad Steelballs posted this picture so it's safe for the future ;)

More & Credits: the CD-i section of Steelballs & Jansen

11 reacties:

Patrick,  June 18, 2007 at 9:27 PM  

Cool! Looks like a trackball and remote in one! Also that train is hilarious, how is that related to CD-i anyway. I mean, why a train!? Beautiful pics anyway

chris_mega,  June 22, 2007 at 6:20 AM  

i'm impressed by that train also! Why a train? If you click on it, every wagon has its own cd-i type of player pressed on it. Strange, but cool! who owns it?

Anonymous,  November 26, 2007 at 6:42 AM  

would be interesting to find out more about that videotronic touchscreen cd-i. it's not even listed on any of the cd-i websites

Bas November 26, 2007 at 9:26 AM  

Yes! That's why.... Welcome to Interactive Dreams! There are actually more types of touchscreens that were used in kiosks, but this Videotronic system does not hold a CD-i player, you can plug it on the bottom lockable part.

PtoPOnline November 27, 2007 at 9:06 AM  

I think I have a CD-i touchscreen disk ;) Would love to have one of the setups

Bas November 27, 2007 at 9:11 AM  

a disc? a disc that shows the benefits of a kiosk touchscreen? Because I thought the touchscreen interface can be just plugged as every regular peripheral, like a mouse. Does it require a setup? Sounds interesting!

PtoPOnline November 27, 2007 at 3:28 PM  

Its some sort of disk, never tried to boot it, but its specifically for touchscreens and it shows on the disk where to touch the screen and such. Ill try grabbing it next time Im home

PtoPOnline November 27, 2007 at 3:33 PM  

Found a picture of the disk....

Huge picture alert. Its the bottom row, second one from the left. Sad thing is my collection has grown since then XD

WADder channels November 22, 2011 at 1:02 PM  

Heya, I could pick one of those TV's up. (

I just wonder if those have a Scart/Compesite connection so you can add other devices to it too?

Ed September 16, 2015 at 10:56 PM  

I have a cd-i TV for sale in good condition ....

Bas September 17, 2015 at 7:23 AM  

Nice, Ed! Do you have pictures and what is your location?

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Games 0-F

3rd Degree - PF Magic
7th Guest, The - Philips Freeland Studios
Accelerator - SPC/Vision
Adventure of the Space Ship Beagle, The - Denshi Media Services
Affaire Morlov, L' - Titus
Alfapet - Adatek
Alice in Wonderland - Spinnaker
Alien Gate - SPC Vision
Alien Odyssee - Argonaut
Aliens Interactive CD-i - Dark Vision Interactive
Ange et le Demon, L' - Smart Move
Apprentice, The - SPC Vision
Apprentice 2, The - Marvin's Revenge - SPC Vision
Arcade Classics - Philips ADS / Namco
Asterix - Caesar’s Challenge - Infogrames
Atlantis - The Last Resort - PRL Redhill (Philips ADS)
Axis and Allies - CapDisc
Backgammon - CapDisc
Battle Chess - Accent Media (for Interplay)
Battleship - CapDisc
Big Bang Show - Infogrames
BMP Puzzle - Circle (for ZYX)
Brain Dead 13 - Readysoft
Burn:Cycle - Trip Media
Caesar's World of Boxing - Philips POV
Caesar's World of Gambling - CD-I Systems
Cartoon Academy - Bits Corporation
CD-i mit der Maus - SPC Vision
CD Shoot - Eaglevision Interactive Productions
Change Angels Kick-off - HMO
Chaos Control - Infogrames
Christmas Country - Creative Media
Christmas Country - The Lost Levels - Creative Media
Christmas Crisis - DIMA
Clue - 3T Productions
Clue 2 - The mysteries continue - 3T Productions
Connect Four - CapDisc
Creature Shock - Argonaut (for Virgin)
Crime Patrol - CapDisc
Crow, The - Philips POV
Cyber Soldier Sharaku - Japan Interactive media
Dame was Loaded, The - Beam Software
Dark Castle - Philips POV
Dead End - Cryo
Defender of the Crown - Philips POV
Deja Vu - Icom Simulations
Deja Vu 2: Lost in Las Vegas - Icom Simulations
Demolition Man - Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Demon Driver - Haiku Studios
Discworld - Teeny Weeny Games
Dimo's Quest - SPC Vision
Domino - Wigant Interactive Media
Down in the Dumps - Haiku Studios
Dragon's Lair - Superclub / INTL CDI
Dragon's Lair 2- Time Warp - Superclub / INTL CDI
Drug wars - Crime Patrol II - CapDisc
Dungeons & Dragons - PF Magic
Earth Command - Visionary Media
Effacer - CapDisc
Escape from Cybercity - Fathom Pictures
Evidence - Microids
Falco & Donjon & The Sword of Inoxybur - BMi / Zephyr Studio
Family Games I - DIMA
Family Games II - Junk Food Jive - DIMA
Felix the Cat - Philips Sidewalk Studio
Flashback - Delphine/Tiertex (for US Gold)
Flinstones Wacky Inventions - Philips Funhouse
Fort Boyard: The Challenge - Microids
Frog Feast - Rastersoft

CD-i Games Index G-M

Go - CapDisc
Golden Oldies - SPC Vision
Golden Oldies II - SPC Vision
Golgo 13 - Japan Interactive Media
Great day at the races, A - CD-I Racing, Dove Films, Total Vision
Guignols de l'Info, Les - Canal+ Multimedia / INTL CDI
Heart of Darkness - Amazing Studio (for Virgin)
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The - Philips Kaleidoscope
Holland Casino CD-i - HMO
Hotel Mario - Philips Fantasy Factory
Inca - Coktel Vision
Inca 2 - Coktel Vision
International Tennis Open - Infogrames
Jack Sprite vs. The Crimson Ghost - PF Magic
Jeopardy - Accent Media
Jigsaw - Novalogic
Joe Guard - DIMA
John Dark: Psychic Eye - CapDisc
Joker's Wild!, The - Accent Media
Joker's Wild Jr., The - Accent Media
Kether - Infogrames
Kingdom - The far reaches - CapDisc
Kingdom 2 - Shadoan - CapDisc
Labyrinth of Crete - Philips Funhouse
Laser Lords - Spinnaker
Last Bounty Hunter, The - CapDisc
Legend of the Fort - Microids
Lemmings - DMA Design / Psygnosis
Lettergreep - Wigant Interactive Media
Lingo - SPC Vision
Link - The faces of evil - Animation Magic
Lion King, The - Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Litil Divil - Gremlin Graphics
Litil Divil 2: Limbo Years - Gremlin Graphics
Lords of the rising sun - Philips POV
Lost Eden - Cryo (for Virgin)
Lost Ride, The - Formula (Lost Boys)
Lucky Luke - The video game - SPC Vision
Mad Dog McCree - CapDisc
Mad Dog McCree II: The lost gold - CapDisc
Magic Eraser - Circle (for ZYX)
Mah-Jong - Japan Interactive Media
Making the Grade - 3T Productions
Man Before Man - Cryo
Marco Polo - Infogrames
Mario Takes America - CIGAM
Master Labyrinth - AVM AG/HQ
Mega Maze - CapDisc
Memory Works, The - Compact Disc Incorporated
Merlin's Apprentice - Philips Funhouse
Microcosm - Philips Freeland Studios
Micro Machines - Codemasters
Monty Python's Invasion from the Planet Skyron - Daedalus CD-i Productions
Mutant Rampage - Body Slam - Animation Magic
Myst - Sunsoft (for Cyan)
Mystic Midway - Rest in pieces - Philips POV
Mystic Midway 2 - Phantom Express - Philips POV

Compact Disc Interactive

Compact Disc Interactive

Games N-Z

Name that tune - Philips Fantasy Factory
New Day - Bits Corporation
NFL Hall of Fame Football - Philips POV
Othello - HMO
Pac Panic - Philips ADS / Namco
Palm Springs Open - ABC Sports / Fathom Pictures
Pool - SPC Vision
Pinball - CapDisc
Plunderball - ISG Productions
Power Hitter - ABC Sports / Fathom Pictures
Power Match - Two's Company
Pursue - BEPL
Pyramid Adventures - Compact Disc Incorporated
RAMRaid - PRL Redhill
Return To Cybercity - Fathom Pictures
Riddle of the Maze, The - Fathom Pictures
Riqa - Bits Corporation
Rise of the Robots - Mirage Technologies
Sargon Chess - Spinnaker
Scotland Yard Interactive - AVM AG/HQ
Secret Mission - Microids
Secret Name of Ra, The
Shaolin's Road - Infogrames
Skate Dude - Viridis
Smurfen, De - De Telesmurf - Infogrames
Solar Crusade - Infogrames
Solitaire - BEPL
Space Ace - Superclub / INTL CDI
Space Ranger - Studio Interactive
Special Operations Squadron - SPC Vision
Sport Freaks - SPC Vision
Star Trek - Philips POV
Star Wars: Rebel Assault - LucasArts
Steel Machine - SPC Vision
Striker Pro - Rage
Strip Poker Live - Greenpig Production
Strip Poker Pro - Interactive Pictures
Super Fighter - The Super Fighter Team / C&E
Super Mario's Wacky Worlds - NovaLogic
Surf City - Philips Sidewalk Studios
Tangram - Eaglevision Interactive Productions
Taco's Toyroom Troopers - Creative Media
Tankdoodle - Creative Media
Tetris - Philips POV
Tetsuo Gaiden - Creative Media
Text Tiles
Thieves' World - Electronic Arts
Tic-tac-toe - BEPL
Tox Runner - ISG Productions
Treasures of Oz - Philips Kaleidoscope
Ultra CD-i Soccer - Krisalis
Uncover featuring Tatjana - SPC Vision
Uninvited - Icom Simulations
Video Speedway - ISG Productions
Vinnie the Pinguin - Pandemonium Labs
Voyeur - Philips POV
Voyeur 2 - Philips POV
Whack-a-Bubble - Creative Media
What's it worth - Marshall Cavendish Multimedia / Spice
Who shot Johnny Rock? - CapDisc
Wordplay - BEPL
World Cup Golf - US Gold
Zaak Sam, De - Toneelschool NL
Zelda - The wand of Gamelon - Animation Magic
Zelda's Adventure - Viridis
Zenith - Radarsoft
Zombie Dinos From The Planet Zeltoid - Philips POV

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