I read an interesting feature on the BBC News website saying that the last videocassette recorder (VCR) was about to roll off the production line in Japan, and so the end is finally here for the iconic VHS cassette. You can read it here.
I was actually quite surprised that it hadn't happened sooner. VCRs haven't exactly been the most popular video playback device lately, especially since the first DVD players arrived back in the 90s and we've since become accustomed to on demand TV through the likes of Tivo, Netflix and Sky+ to name a few.
Whether VHS will make a comeback similar to Vinyl is probably doubtful. The audio quality of Vinyl is widely viewed as being superior and unique compared with modern day equivalents. VHS on the other hand just doesn't have the quality to compare with HD today.
The end of VHS is not quite happening at Plato Video, yet. VHS as well as many other tape formats are alive and well in our studio and will be for some time to come. Many of our customers have old home movies that haven't been watched for years, simply because the technology of their day is no longer available to watch it. Using our in-house tape machines we can transfer these to DVD and other digital formats such as computer media files for a PC or Mac.
For more details visit our tape transfer page.