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RIP Betamax

Discussion in 'Audio Visual and Digital Home' started by amusicsite, 10 Nov 2015.

  1. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

  2. Shaun

    Shaun Über Geek

    I'm fairly sure the broadcast industry used Betamax long after it had been declared dead as a consumer format; better quality. :D
  3. beanz

    beanz Staff Member Staff Member

    We were 'advised' to go with Betamax over VHS by some chap in the local Co-op electrical department when we got our first video recorder - something about the quality being higher and the tape spending less time in the machine IIRC. Very quickly found out that most of the current feature films we wanted to rent were on VHS. We went over to VHS and stayed there until dvd recorders and pvr came about.

    For years we couldn't quite bring ourselves to chuck the 6-head, jog-shuttle-equipped VHS recorder (what high tech it was when we bought it!) though, despite me having laboriously put all the family events footage (hours and hours of it spread over 10 or so 180 minute tapes) onto sets of dvds years back. In fact we only finally got rid of our VHS recorder a couple of weeks back to the charity shop.
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  4. EddyP

    EddyP Well-Known Geek

    Wow. I thought Betamax died long ago...
  5. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

    It has always been used in the industry (TV mainly) for a long time and they probably had contract agreements that said they would support it for 10 years after it was really needed. I doubt there has been a great demand for it over the last decade. Then again Super-8 has mad a comeback this year so you never can tell what is going to happen!