The CDTV debuted in North America in March 1991. It was one of the first systems to use CD-ROM as its primary storage, and predated the similar Philips CD-i system by a few months. The CD-ROM drive uses the caddy system, as was common with early CD-ROM drives of the time, where the CD-ROM disk is held in a caddy, which is then inserted into the drive. The CDTV was intended as a media appliance rather than as a mainstream personal computer. The CDTV is essentially a Commodore Amiga 500 home computer with a CD-ROM drive and remote control. With the optional keyboard, mouse, and floppy disk drive, it gained the functionality of the regular Amiga. The CDTV, is one of the earliest consumer systems to allow video playback directly from CD-ROM thanks to the CDXL motion video format. None the less, the CDTV never really gained momentum mostly because of the high price, most Amiga users waited for the A570 CD-ROM expansion for Amiga 500 computers.

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