My primary objective in this post is frivolity, i shan’t lie… but tbh it is also underpinned by a smidgen of irritation at one sentence in this article.
For those only familiar with DVDs and streaming services, the video cassette recorder was a chunky metallic unit that played something called a VHS tape that was often hired overnight from a video store after an argument about who had already seen what movie.
Where’s the mention of the technically-superior albeit ultimately strategically-losing Beta?
C’mon journos! At this rate future generations might never even know of the full story. Beta was king. Then it wasn’t. Tbh i never cried too hard when VHS also lost the battle.
I no longer have any VCRs in my home, but i do still have my old Marantz tuner-amp, cassette deck and [gasp] turntable. Most of the time no electricity gets fed to these venerable old beasties, but occasionally i fire them up [& the floor speakers + my joyful bass-reflex subby], whack in some of my C90s, & blow the cobwebs out.
At the back of my entertainment cabinet still lurks some ancient Beta VCR tapes. Can’t ever play them again… but simply can’t throw them out either.