Other CD-i players

Several other manufacturers besides Philips and LG have manufactured or sold CD-i players in the past. CD-i is an open standard: anyone can take a license to produce their own players. Although not as actively as Philips, these companies contributed in their own ways to the CD-i system.

I know of the following companies that were active on the CD-i market.

Sony
Sony called their portable CD-i players Intelligent Discman. There were two models with an LCD display, the IVO-V10 and IVO-V11 (see picture). The IVO-V11 was an improved version of the IVO-V10, it solved some compatibility issues and it was compatible with the standard for CD-i pointing devices. Besides these models, there was also a Sony CD-i portable without an LCD screen. The players could not be upgraded with Digital Video functionality. They were intented for professional usage.
(Photo courtesy of Sony Corp.)

Digital Video Systems, Inc.
DVS, a small multimedia company from the US, produces its own CD-i player for professional applications: the Video Engine 200 (see picture). As from the end of 2000, this unit is still on sale.
(Photo courtesy of Digital Video Systems, Inc.)

Bang & Olufsen
Bang & Olufsen from Denmark sold a version of their BeoCenter A/V ampliances with an integrated CD-i player placed on top of the TV set's cabinet. Altough the CD-drive was marketed as a multi-platform CD-player and not directly as a CD-i player, the system (based on Philips technology) could actually play all CD-i compatible disc formats. Defenitly the most expensive CD-i player ever!
(Photo courtesy of Bang & Olufsen s/a)

Memorex
Memorex, a brand name of Tandy, sold an OEM-version of Philips' CDI 910 called Memorex CDI 2200, with a slightly customized front panel in a different color setting.
(Photo by Jorg Kennis)

Grundig
Grundig of Germany sold an OEM-version of Philips' CDI 220 as CDI 100V (see picture).
(Photo courtesy of Karlheinz Felix)
Furthermore they sold the CDI 470 under their own brand name as the CDI 110E.
(Picture courtesy of Grundig Vertriebs-GmbH)

Kyocera
Kyocera of Japan was a partner of Philips in the early development years. Both companies jointly developed the first CD-i system CDI 180. Kyocera also sold their own players, like the Pro 1000S (see picture). The small portable unit could be connected to an optional LCD screen.
(Photo courtesy of Kyocera)

NBS
NBS sold a portable CD-i player called the Lookman ID (see picture), which had an integrated Digital Video decoder. It was based on the GoldStar GPI 1100.
(Info provided by Arzeno Fabrice)

Highscreen
The European computer retailer Vobis sold an OEM-version of Philips' CDI 450.
(Photo courtesy of Marty McFly)

Manna Space
The Japanese Manna Space player is an OEM-version of Philips' CDI 450/17.
(Photo courtesy of The World of CD-i)

Besides these, I know of several prototypes of CD-i players that were made by Matsushita (Panasonic) and Pioneer. These players were never actually taken into mass production.



I would very much like to have some pictures or information about CD-i players that were made by these or other companies, to complete this overview. Please contact me if you can supply me with any information. Thank you.

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