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The End Of The VCR  
User currently offlineSaintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1000 times:

Is this the beginning of the end? A large retailer in the UK has decided to stop selling them http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4031223.stm


I haven't used one for ages. I bought a DVD recorder some time ago and it's so much better. I just need to record my old videos and then they will be consigned to the attic along with all my vinyl albums.


I used to have a Betamax with piano keys too. I bought my first one in about 1981. I still think that format was better than VHS.

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User currently offlineItsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2768 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 996 times:

I think that between DVD players and recorders and Digital Video Recorders ("TiVo"), the VCR will soon suffer the same fate as that of the record player.

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 991 times:

Itsjustme:
Record players are still on the market.



I certainly hope the VCR stays with us. I am sure it will be around for a long time but will be a small percent of the market. I still have many old movies, TV shows, home made movies that I wont bother transfering to DVD.
Since you can record on to a VHS tape, it will still have some life in it. It wont die like the Video Disc or Laser Disc.
Betamax was better than VHS.



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User currently offlineItsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2768 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 984 times:

Itsjustme:
Record players are still on the market.


Superfly, I never said they were off the market but I'd be willing to bet they're not getting more than a fraction of the sales that DVD and DVR players are getting. I give VCRs another 2-3 years at best before they start disappearing from the shelves as well.


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 48
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 973 times:

This is hardly news, but yeah definitly the beginning of the end.  Smile

When I worked at a recordstore last summer/atumn, we sold video casettes very cheap, because nobody were buying them. Only the cartoons and childre videos sell. When I returned to work last month, a year after I left there, only about 7 videos were piled in a box on sale. Now only cartoons and children videos are for sale in that shop.

So DVDs are taking over...

Thom@s



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User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4124 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 967 times:

I have to agree that VHS is dying. I remember about 6 years ago when we purchased our first DVD player at home. Back then, a DVD player purchase would get you 5 free DVDs! It wasn't until a year after that where I actually bought a DVD. They were so expensive back then!

Now with DVD-R becoming cheaper and most camcorders becoming digital, VHS will start to become a novelty item like the record. Speaking of records, my 13 year-old brother had never seen a record until a year ago, let alone how to actually play one.



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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7737 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 945 times:

I highly doubt that the VCR market will become like the turntable market, with mostly high-end audiophile grade equipment. As a video standard VHS isn't all that great. With the intensive marketing of DVR equipment from the cable companies in the last year, people who like to record off of TV seem to be moving in that direction.


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User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 915 times:

Let the VCRs stay!

I just bought my first DVD player 4 months ago so I am guessing that I am a bit behind...  Nuts


User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 35
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 910 times:

As long as my kids watch Dora the Explorer, Blue's Clues, Arthur, Lion King, Charlotte's Web, the Care Bears, etc, etc, etc, our VCR will remain the 2nd most used electronic entertainment device in the house.

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineDABZF From Germany, joined Mar 2004, 1200 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 906 times:

I haven't got a VCR in 3 years and I definitely don't miss it at all!
I don't have a recording DVD but even when I had a VCR I hardly ever recorded anything from telly. I also don't have anykind of a video camera so recording in that sense either is not important for me.

Let the VCR go like the Casette Tape... and let's go digital all the way!



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 869 times:

Tom in NO:
As long as my kids watch Dora the Explorer, Blue's Clues, Arthur, Lion King, Charlotte's Web, the Care Bears, etc, etc, etc, our VCR will remain the 2nd most used electronic entertainment device in the house.


Make sure they never find your porn videos.  Laugh out loud



DABZF:
Cassette tape is still with us. It's not as popular but they are still around.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineIowaman From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4312 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 847 times:
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I just bought my first DVD player 4 months ago so I am guessing that I am a bit behind...

Not as much as my uncle! He asked me last week what a DVD was.  Nuts


User currently offlineThecoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 840 times:

CDs are on the way out too!

User currently offlineItsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2768 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 820 times:

If the agreement between Netflix and TiVo sees fruition, that will be yet another nail in the VCR's coffin.

User currently offlineJ_hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 794 times:

I have only basic (broadcast) cable in one house and antenna in the other so i use my VCR mainly for time-shifting and to record programs that I might miss by falling asleep! I record and play back at least 1-2 hrs daily so having a DVD doesn't make sense to me...In all the years that I have had a VCR, I have only rented maybe a handful of tapes...so lack of rentals doesn't affect me...but having something that I can record at moments notice does!


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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 791 times:

As long as my kids watch Dora the Explorer, Blue's Clues, Arthur, Lion King, Charlotte's Web, the Care Bears, etc, etc, etc, our VCR will remain the 2nd most used electronic entertainment device in the house.


Quit trying to pin it on the kids...

...I'd bet fiddy that you can recite the theme-song to each and every one of those shows, verbatim!  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3169 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 773 times:


I just bought my first DVD player 4 months ago so I am guessing that I am a bit behind, maybe they just took a while for the makers to translate the manual in to Swedish,

I had been renting a few DVDs and then they ran out of a movie that I wanted to watch on DVD ended up renting the VHS, The quality was so bad that I am never going back to renting on VHS. I hardly ever tape a show so I really don't really need a VHS.

What would be nice is a Plasma screen with a slot for a DVD, a combination unit at a reasonable cost. There is no need for a DVD player to be separate, it would cut down on the remotes.



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