Commodore Advert - October 1991
From [Atari] ST Format
Commodore CDTV - it's nothing short of revolutionary
Launched in March 1991, Commodore's CDTV was one of the very first consumer systems to provide video playback from CD-ROM (and one of the first CD-ROM-based consumer devices, period). Internally, it was pretty much an Amiga 500 running a 7MHz Motorola 68000. It was also the last major new product that Commodore launched before they filed for bankruptcy in 1994 (although three more versions of the existing Amiga range would be released during 1992). Perhaps it was too ahead of its time, but neither it nor the contemporary Phillips CD-i fared well in the market. It wasn't really until around 2011 onwards that the market for converged TV/computer devices really started to take off (despite several false starts with set-top boxes over the intervening years). It retailed for £600 - about £1,330 in 2020 and was to have been followed up by an improved and cheaper CDTV-II, but this was never released. The original CDTV was discontinued in 1993.
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