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  • YouTube Adds “Tape Mode” To Select Videos In Celebration Of Video Casette Recorder’s 57th Birthday

    YouTube Adds “Tape Mode” To Select Videos In Celebration Of Video Casette Recorder’s 57th Birthday

    There isn’t much to miss about old-school VHS tapes. They are fuzzy, show static, have bad audio, and are generally difficult to navigate around — remember having to hold down the button on the VCR to rewind your favorite movies? Perhaps the only thing about VHS tapes worth reminiscing over was the feeling of opening that giant plastic VHS cover of my favorite Disney films. Read More

  • Record sales, down. Game sales, down. Video sales, down. VHS sales… up?

    I assumed that VHS tapes had gone the route of Polaroid film and were continuing to be phased out of existence. I must have been too hasty, because according to the Entertainment Retailer’s Association, videocassette sales in Britain have more than doubled in the past year. Read More

  • JVC announces Blu-ray/DVD/VHS recorder with 250GB HDD

    Here’s a new device that can help those who still sit on precious VHS cassettes that never made it onto discs. JVC announced [JP] the SR-HV250 for the Japanese market today, a Blu-ray/DVD recorder, VHS recorder and 250GB hard disc drive all rolled into one. The device supports MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and AVREC. You also get a USB port, an SD/SDHC slot, LAN connectivity, an HDMI… Read More

  • VHS lives: JVC announces VHS/DVD/Blu-ray recorder for Japan

    It seems VHS will never die, and this is generally welcome, as a lot of good movies aren’t still available on optical discs. In summer 2008, Panasonic released a VHS/Blu-ray combo, followed by Sharp’s Aquos BD-HDV22 that was pretty much the same thing. And today, over one year later, JVC anounced the DR-BH250 [JP], which is a VHS recorder, Blu-Ray Recorder and 250GB HDD rolled… Read More

  • Christmas Memories: our first VCR


    I have vague recollections of watching Pinwheel on QUBE, but my parents canceled the subscription before I became a television-watching zombie. After that, we were one of the only families I knew that didn’t have cable. All my friends had cable, so I would orchestrate any opportunity to spend the night at friends’ houses so that I could get my television fix at their houses. Then… Read More

  • Victor makes last VHS player

    And now, the end is near;
    And so I face the final rewind.
    My friend, I’ll say it clear,
    I’ll state my case, so please do be kind. I’ve lived a life that’s full.
    I’ve played copies of Lynch’s Lost Highway;
    And more, much more than this,
    I did it my way. Read More

  • Sharp didn't forget VHS, now marries it with Blu-ray

    In Japan, Sharp today announced [JP] the release of the Aquos BD-HDV22, a combination of a Blu-ray and a VHS recorder. Yes, VHS. The device goes on sale November 25 and will cost $1,500 (at this point, availability outside Japan is unknown). Next to copying their VHS tapes to Blu-ray discs, users are able to record TV programs and videos stored in the HDD (capacity: 250 GB) in these two formats. Read More

  • Panasonic launching four new Blu-ray recorders, including VHS-to-Blu-ray model

    Blu-ray set-top recorders, and DVD recorders for that matter, have never really caught on in the States. Most users here seem satisfied with hard-drive based recorders and don’t want to deal with a portable media. Japan AV-types scoop up these recorders though, and Panasonic is launching four new models aimed right at their home turf. We aren’t going to dive in, and run… Read More

  • New 3 in 1 HD recorder from Victor-JVC

    Yesterday Victor-JVC unveiled a new recorder [JP] in Japan, which is capable of simultaneously recording two programs on either VHS, DVD or HDD. The DR-HX500 comes with the following features: - HDMI connection
    - D4 connection
    - 500 GB HDD
    - VHS player / recorder
    - DVD player / recorder (DVD-RW/-R)
    - Digital / Analog TV tuner
    - DTS and Dolby Digital support
    - S-VHS and Composite outputs
    - 2… Read More

  • Sony VHS-To-DVD Converter: For Those Who Still Use Candles As Their Primary Light Source

    VHS has been dead for, what, 10, nine years now? Whatever it is, I bet you still have a few VHS home movies here and there. If they’re not destroyed by now, you should consider transferring them to DVD; Sony wants your money if you choose to go that route. Its One Touch VHS-to-DVD unit will transfer unprotected VHS tapes to DVD starting in August. (Though, again, it seems expensive: $400). Read More

  • Sharp AQUOS 3-in-1 Goes Old School

    Sharp’s latest edition to the AQUOS line of products brings back some old school that might not have a place in the home anymore, but some people still live in the past. The DC-ACV52 is a 3-in-1 media recorder that includes VHS, DVD and a 250GB HDD for video recording. Just like other AQUOS media recorders the DC-ACV52 records HD programming and works perfectly with other AQUOS products. Read More

  • The Futurist: How The PS3 Could Sink Blu-ray, And Blu-ray Could Sink the PS3


    If Sony is to be believed, the verdict is already in: HD-DVD is a non-starter, and their cross-Japanese Toshibian rivals are toast. They may very well be right: Blu-ray is certainly outperforming HD-DVD in terms of sales and support, and may be headed for the victory stand when it’s all said and done. But in order to get there, Sony may be setting themselves up not only for only a… Read More

  • VHS Is Dead At 30


    Variety.com has a killer write-up on the death of VHS. For those of you that have never looked it up, VHS stands for Vertical Helical Scan and was developed by JVC of Japan. The 30-year-old format beat out Sony’s Betamax format as the consumer choice, changing the way we watched movies at home and hit its peak with the sale of 30 million “The Lion King” cassettes in the… Read More