Collector’s Corner: Looking Back at the 1982 Star Trek CEDs

From 1981 until 1986, RCA marketed the precursor to the modern DVD known as the CED (Capacitance Electronic Discs) or VideoDiscs.

Star Trek episodes and films have always been a popular choice for new home entertainment formats, appearing as reel to reel films, BetaMax and VHS tapes, CD-ROMs, and DVDS among others. Star Trek‘s inclusion as one of the first CED titles back in the 1980s was a vote of confidence in the franchise by both RCA and Paramount.

A total of 11 Star Trek episodes and three movies, The Motion Picture, The Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock, were available in this format during the five years that CEDs ruled home entertainment.

With this being the 45th anniversary of the first appearance of Khan Noonien Singh, we thought fellow fans would enjoy a nostalgic photo essay about the Trek CEDs.

These are photos of the fourth Star Trek CED which was available starting November 1st, 1982. It contained the programs “Space Seed” and “The Changeling” and was advertised as featuring the episodes that inspired the first two movies.

The cover design is interesting, as it displays heroic images of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Khan, and its larger than LP packaging makes for great presentation.

Star Trek CED Back Cover

Star Trek CED Cover & Disc

Photos courtesy John Tenuto

John is a Sociology Professor who studies Star Trek fans and its cultural effects. He and his wife, fellow sociology professor Maria Jose, have written for Star Trek: The Official Magazine and they have contributed to the recent Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Expanded Soundtrack release. John, his wife, and son Nicky enjoy collecting Star Trek and sharing news of new items with fellow fans.

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  • Masshuu iil Malacandra

    So there were CED players? I don’t remember seeing the players or disks. Very strange as I was into all that Star trek stuff back then. Wonder how I missed them!

  • Braxton

    Was a collector’s item – now it’s junk. CEDs are not supposed to be opened manually like that – the player is supposed to remove the disc.

    Putting it on the carpet has completely ruined it. So…congratulations you destroyed that one.