saintsman
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The End Of The VCR

Mon Nov 22, 2004 5:09 pm

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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RE: The End Of The VCR

Mon Nov 22, 2004 5:16 pm

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.
 
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RE: The End Of The VCR

Mon Nov 22, 2004 5:33 pm

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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RE: The End Of The VCR

Mon Nov 22, 2004 6:07 pm

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.
 
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RE: The End Of The VCR

Mon Nov 22, 2004 7:35 pm

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...

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RE: The End Of The VCR

Mon Nov 22, 2004 7:48 pm

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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RE: The End Of The VCR

Mon Nov 22, 2004 11:13 pm

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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RE: The End Of The VCR

Tue Nov 23, 2004 1:51 am

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
 
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RE: The End Of The VCR

Tue Nov 23, 2004 1:57 am

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.

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RE: The End Of The VCR

Tue Nov 23, 2004 2:05 am

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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RE: The End Of The VCR

Tue Nov 23, 2004 6:48 am

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.


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DABZF:
Cassette tape is still with us. It's not as popular but they are still around.
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RE: The End Of The VCR

Tue Nov 23, 2004 7:32 am

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
 
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RE: The End Of The VCR

Tue Nov 23, 2004 7:42 am

CDs are on the way out too!
 
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RE: The End Of The VCR

Tue Nov 23, 2004 9:53 am

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

Tue Nov 23, 2004 6:20 pm

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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RE: The End Of The VCR

Tue Nov 23, 2004 7:35 pm

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...

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RE: The End Of The VCR

Tue Nov 23, 2004 9:38 pm


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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