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American press didn't leave the CD-i behind and were actually very interested in this multimedia machine. Every item was published in the newspaper and in this way official announcements about CD-i reached the consumer market as well. It was an important way for Philips to vent their plans with CD-i. Interactive Dreams restored the official press items and we'll re-publish them here for archiving purpose. This edition is about the year 1991. I like it very much to read back these news articles and I hope you enjoy it too ;)
AIM TO HAVE 40 CD-I TITLES READY FOR DISTRIBUTION THIS FALL American Interactive Media (AIM) is the Los Angeles-based arm of a venture of N.V. Philips and PolyGram to create programming for compact disc interactive (CD-I) titles. According to C., vice president of Creative Affairs, AIM plans to have 40 CD-I titles ready for distribution by October this year.
"The new CD-I titles are intended for a broad consumer audience," said C., "with some being quasi educational." AIM entered into licensing agreements with several organizations and companies to obtain rights to materials for use in the new programming. These include the Smithsonian, Time Life Books, Sesame Street and Spinnaker Software. AIM has also created some CD-I programming in-house, said C., at its studios in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. In the east-coast studio, AIM worked with Capitol to produce some six to nine titles. With Spinnaker Software (Boston), AIM produced seven programs. Working with several other independent companies, AIM is handling all production.
The new CD-I software will be sold in the same stores where CD_I hardware is available. AIM has developed attractive kiosks to display the new software, which will be distributed to these outlets.
AIM is funding most of the activity surrounding new product development for CD-I titles. "For those companies wanting to develop titles," said C., "we have several different authoring packages."
For testing purposes, AIM uses an in-house Yamaha WORM drive to press its own discs. Philips and DuPont Optical (PDO) handles all outside replication. "At one time our replicating was handled by Disctronics, though now this is exclusively done by PDO," said C.. "Any replicators interested in handling possible spillover work should contact D. M., head of manufacturing."
SONY TO LAUNCH PORTABLE CD-I THIS YEAR - Sony again showed a prototype portable CD-I player at the recent London Second Multimedia Conference, but indicated it would be launched in Japan by end 1991 and in Europe about a year later. Device measures 7 ins x 7 ins x 3 ins, with a four-inch LCD screen and is complete apart from power supply.
When questioned about up-grades for full-motion video (FMV), a spokesman from Sony described FMV as 'a difficult concept' and cryptically stated that the Sony consumer video group is working on a 'different system'. FMV is conspicuously absent from the CD-I description included in the promotional literature issue about the portable model.
AIM TO USE NINTENDO CHARACTERS IN CD-I GAMES - In the race begun by Philips and Sony at this year's Summer CES at which both companies announced their intentions to produce CD-ROM based video games for the consumer market, Philips has made the most recent move by informing the industry of its intention to use some of America's most popular video game characters in its new multimedia CD-I programming. These include Nintendo's Super Mario(R), Princess Zelda(R), Link(R) and Donkey Kong(R).
The announcement, made jointly by Nintendo of America and American Interactive Media (AIM), Philips wholly-owned subsidiary, comes shortly after Philips's and Nintendo's announcement that the two companies are developing a sophisticated compact disc player that can be hooked up to Nintendo's newest video game machine, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Nintendo will also develop disc-based games for the Philips-Nintendo system.
Sony's video game system, called the Play Station, will use compact disc computer technology on what Sony has termed a super disc. Sony's player, along with software, is expected out in the market in about 18 months--the same time frame slotted for the release of the Philips-Nintendo system. Industry experts expect that consumer confusion over the three imcompatible formats--Sony's Play Station, the Philips-Nintendo Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and Philip's CD-I video game programming (Philips and Sony have worked together on the CD-I standard)--will cause fierce competition that may hinder overall growth of the video game industry in the near future.
NINTENDO ENTERS AGREEMENT WITH PHILIPS - CHICAGO -- Philips Electronics, a leading consumer electronic company, announced that it has granted Nintendo Co. Ltd. a license to develop and market video games on compact disc format for play on Nintendo's Super Famicom and Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super NES).
Philips invented the audio compact disc system in the 1970's and, together with Sony, standardized it in 1982.
Philips and Nintendo said that they will work together to develop an application format on compact disc for Nintendo's 16-bit hardware system. According to Nintendo, the new compact disc video games will be played on a low cost CD ROM-XA compact disc player. Consumers will be able to attach these CD ROM-XA players to their Super Famicom and Super NES hardware units. The chosen application format assures the compatibility with CD-I players as well.
The announcement was made at the June Consumer Electronic Show in Chicago and came one day after Sony announced a similar pact with Nintendo. On June 1, Sony announced an arrangement with Nintendo under which Sony will introduce the Game Player, a video system with two slots, one to play Nintendo's new game cartridges, the other for compact disk games.
The Philips and Sony systems are not compatible and thus pit two of the biggest rivals in consumer electronics head to head.
Speculation is that Nintendo entered into the Philips pact in an attempt to compensate for an unfavorable deal with Sony.
PHILIPS AND NINTENDO MAKE CD-ROM/CD-I DEAL - Major two-part deal has been agreed between electronics group Philips and video games giant Nintendo. Philips' software subsidiary American Interactive Media has secured use of Nintendo's most popular video game characters to create CD-I games; Philips and Nintendo will work together to develop a slightly modified CD-ROM-XA format for use with Nintendo's Superfamicom and Super NES games systems.
Philips is likely to manufacture the necessary players for launch in fourth quarter 1992 at 'very low cost'. Latter deal appears to supersede similar discussions between Sony and Nintendo. Since CD-ROM-XA is a bridging standard between CD-ROM and CD-I, Nintendo games developed for the new Nintendo CD-ROM-XA players will also be compatible with CD-I players.
Launching its Super NES version of the successful Japanese Super Famicom device to US market in September 1991, Nintendo wants to fight off potential competition from NEC and Fujitsu, which already employ conventional CD-ROM for their games systems; Philips is keen to ward off challenge to its CD-I format from Commodore's incompatible games-orientated CDTV system. Nintendo penetration of households has now reached 33 per cent in US and 40 per cent in Japan.
PHILIPS EYES INTERACTIVE MOVIES FOR CD-I - H., CEO of new CD-I publishing company Philips Interactive Media Europe, is seriously exploring concept of 'interactive movies'. Founder of US multimedia publisher Fathom Pictures, H. aims to produce 50 CD-I titles per language region in time for mid-1992 European CD-I launch; at least 24 titles are already in production with PIME putting up 33-100 per cent of production budgets.
Meanwhile, a European CD-I Consortium is being formed to complement that in Japan. Participants at initial meeting included Maxwell Communications, Central Independent Television, Pearson, Carlton Communications, RCS, Valkieser Group, Bertelsmann, Infogames, Edition Hatier, Polygram, Bra Bocker, Elsevier, Interlight Productions, Editions Nathan, and Pathe Television.
US launch of CD-I has been confirmed for October 1991, with players to be offered under Philips' Magnavox brand name. Price will be $1,400 including two software titles. At least 50 software titles are promised by American Interactive Media priced $19.95-$59.95 in categories: children's, special interest, music and games
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