Commodore introduced its CDTV (Commodore Dynamic Total Vision) Interactive Multimedia player in April of 1991.
The CDTV player resembles a conventional audio compact disc player.
Front panel controls include power on/off, headphone volue up/down, play/pause, stop, forward/reverse-scan/skip, CDTV, and reset.
Bookshelf audio speakers will enable consumers to adapt the CDTV player to various applications.
, another new multimedia platform, is similar to CD-I.
Other firms developing titles for CDTV
include LucasFilm, Discis, Xiphias, Accolade, Spectrum Holobyte, ICOM Simulations, Interplay and Free Spirit.
CDTV looks like a CD-audio player, but is much more.
CDTV's announced price of $895 is likely to be attractive to its intended home market, but it might also entice institutional buyers who are shopping for plain CD-ROM drives that cost about the same, but offer none of CDTV's advanced audio/visual capabilities.
The next couple of years will reveal how CD-ROM, DVI, CD-I, CDTV, and CD-ROM XA settle into the educational, industrial, and consumer market place, and also what will happen to the analog videodisc in the process.