LV-ROM (1986 – late 1980s)

LV-ROM (LaserVision Read-Only Memory) was an optical disk format introduced by Philips in 1986. It was based on LaserDisc, and used the same 12-inch diameter discs.

LV-ROM was developed to integrate analogue video and computer software for interactive multimedia, and could store up to 324 MB of data of digital information, or around 36 minutes of video.

It had only one application, which was to publish multimedia discs for BBC Enterprises, in particular the BBC Domesday project which was published in 1986. To use the disks, a specially adapted LaserDisc player was connected to an adapted BBC Master computer. A small number of other LV-ROMs aimed at the school market were also released under the AIV (Advanced Interactive Video) banner, such as the EcoDisc, and Volcanos.

By 2002, there were great fears that the Domesday discs would become unreadable as computers capable of reading the format had become rare and drives capable of accessing the discs even rarer. The CAMiLEON project developed a system capable of accessing the discs using emulation techniques.

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