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    Japan to make its last ever VCR

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      Japan to make its last ever VCR

      Japan to make its last ever VCR
      In an age of Netflix and YouTube, the humble video cassette recorder may feel like a distant relic. Now the last Japanese company to manufacture VCRs is closing production of the tape-recording device more than four decades after they were first made available. Funai Electric, a Japanese consumer electronics company, will follow the rest of the world in giving up on the format by the end of the month, according to Japanese newspaper Nikkei.

      The company has been selling VCRs since 1983 and at its peak sold 15 million a year, but sales have since dwindled to around 750,000. Funai, which had been making them in China as a white-label manufacturer for Sanyo, but had struggled to find parts amid a shrinking market.

      The news is the latest death knell for video tapes, which began to be developed in the 1950s and gained mass adoption in the late 1970s after Philips released the first home tape recorder in 1972.

      DVDs and later internet video gained widespread adoption, while home recording boxes from Sky and others replaced VHS as the popular way to record shows.
      Panasonic stopped selling VCRs in 2012, although Sony only stopped developing Betamax, its great rival to the VHS, last year.

      But while it's almost impossible to buy a new VCR in the UK, there is a thriving market for second-hand models, since many collector's item films were never converted to DVD. And in Japan, video tapes are still widely available, suggesting the VHS format is not completely dead.

      Other retro formats have made a comeback in recent years, particularly vinyl, meaning several companies have begun to make turntables again.


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      Re: Japan to make its last ever VCR

      I went to help someone out a few months back, they just bought a 2500 uhd tv and could not get passed the connect online screen, they only have a terrestrial connection and no online connection.
      So connected up their vcr for recording. The pq was just awful
      They had piles of tdk vhs tapes by the side.
      I queried and they said their neighbour gets them for Amazon for them and they also buy them from some record shops.

      Just had a look on Amazon, plenty for sale still.

      I have a half a terabyte directory on one of my cloud accounts, that has all my old home video vcr and those special recordings from those vcr and cine camera days passed, certainly been on many hard drives over the years.
      Do bet that the vcr's if I had them would still work, not like cd's or dvd's which just deteriorate over time (not that that was their intention at launch).

     

     

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