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Interactive Video - an unholy mess of non-standards and then CDi salvation (not)

 

In the 1970s and 80s there were many attempts at hooking up video players - first tape and then disc -  with computers to make an interactive system for work or play. Lack of standards crippled them all.

The industry then tried to do it with CD-ROMs. But although a very tight standard ensured that any music CD plays on any player, the much looser standard for CD-ROM gave the computer companies freedom to find their own best ways of packaging, control and accesss.

This created a monster mess of almost-but-not-quite compatibility that took over ten years to shake down.

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Bernie Luskin

Early interactive disc systems and Bernie Luskin who was an enthusiastic evangelist for interactive video

 

Early interactive video system
Early touch screen laser disc system
Early interactive video system

 

Early systems were used for business or education and training

 

Early interactive video system
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Early interactive video system

Early TV Interaction from Net Channel

Early interactive video system
The Ill-fated VHD system was also used for interactive video
Early interactive video system
Before that cassettes had been tried but access was painfully slow
Early interactive video system

CD-ROMs

CD-ROMs looked like a better answer - one CD could store an encylopaedia

 

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Early interactive video system
Another early touch screen system

Below - more early attempts to make video interactive by hooking video discs to computers, sometimes hidden inside kiosks

Early interactive video system Early interactive video system

There was an annual British Interactive Awards ceremony
CD-ROM interactive

 

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Early interactive video system Early interactive video system
Early interactive video system Early interactive video system
The Rank Organisation formed a new Division to exploit interaction 
 
   


Consumers were never going to buy into such a user-unfriendly mess. CDi was conceived as the answer.


 

 
 

 

 



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