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Old 2009-01-07, 12:08   Link #21
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Come thinking, i never bought movies on vhs anyway. I just use vhs it to tape programs. I hope that they will still produce vhs cassettes, like they do with audio tapes, black-white, 8mm, 16mm and 35mm films, and beta tapes aso.
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Old 2009-01-07, 16:53   Link #22
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Come thinking, i never bought movies on vhs anyway. I just use vhs it to tape programs. I hope that they will still produce vhs cassettes, like they do with audio tapes, black-white, 8mm, 16mm and 35mm films, and beta tapes aso.
I mean the odds are you’ll always be able to find it (as with anything outdated, it’ll still be around in some form-whether it be your local store or ebay browsing), but with VCR’s no longer being made and VHS titles virtually extinct now (based on the article), the market for Blank Tapes will probably drop aswell…Again however, I doubt you’ll ever have trouble finding them…What’s interesting though is how the article talks about DVD’s perhaps having only a 5 to 6 year market viability left, and evenmore interesting is the contention that BlueRay Disc are at best a transitional technology with no capability to challenge the VCR-VHS reign (This I indeed believe as most females I watch DVD’s or television with have almost no caring about the incredible step-up in visual quality between DVD and BlueRay or Non HD verses HD television)…So I guess the point of all this is that, while you may make fun of it, they’ll probably never be another application that has the staying power or sheer market dominance that VHS-VCR had…I mean today there are people who watch media strictly from the cpu, if not Zune, Psp generation, if not cellphone, if not DVR technology…During the VCR-VHS reign you didn’t have half the country using Laserdics, I mean it was the apex of your family entertainment center…I suspect everything will veer digital soon and DVD’s will be obsolete far quicker than the plastic tape age, so the fact that something such a fabric of media evolution is officially dead now makes this discussion all the more interesting…I don’t think they’ll ever again be an entertainment item quite like the VCR (VHS combo)…It’s universal dominance suggests that….I don’t think America will ever be as unified behind an entertainment item like this again…
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Old 2009-01-07, 22:08   Link #23
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Hmm...can't say I will miss it, it's and old and obsolete technology for me.
This will make some cringe, but last year I threw away 2-3 box full of VHS tapes, and of course, including some anime tapes. I don't enjoy VHS tapes, and wouldn't go back to watch them. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted, but bye bye.
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Old 2009-01-08, 01:20   Link #24
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It provided me a lot of fun during my childhood days, which makes me reflect on how far technology has come these days. We used to move heaven and earth to watch shows we like, when we can just watch them in youtube or torrents now.
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Old 2009-01-08, 04:07   Link #25
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Well it's more the symbolism of it all...Something all of us mid-20 somethings grew up with and to see it officially put to rest just makes one think about the days when it was the $hit...
Woot! I still have tons of tapes of all the anime I used to record from my local Tv channels during the early 90's. I also have a working VHS player lying around in my room.

Rest in peace VHS!
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Old 2009-01-08, 04:40   Link #26
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Back in the VHS days i used to buy empty tapes in bundles to record anime and TV series. Well any fans of VCR must have done the same. Then it became taking so much space, even now I stil have those cardboxes filled with recorded VHS. When the CD and DVD came out, I was really happy because it take smaller space than VHS, but after a while I ended up with rows and rows of CD and DVDs. Now I didn't bother with DVDs anymore, I just buy a new hard disk when I ran out of space. I haven't tried Blue Ray yet tho. ^^
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Old 2009-01-08, 04:43   Link #27
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So it was still alive?
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Old 2009-01-08, 08:33   Link #28
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Of course it was still alive, even the most high tech country in the world, Japan still use it. Last seen in Kannagi where they were recording something.
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Old 2009-01-08, 09:42   Link #29
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Of course it was still alive, even the most high tech country in the world, Japan still use it. Last seen in Kannagi where they were recording something.
You mean Lolliko Cutie.

VHS has been around long enough as a recording medium, but somehow it still cannot beat filmreels, which has been around since the 1800s. It is still used today.
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Old 2009-01-08, 09:57   Link #30
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You mean Lolliko Cutie.

VHS has been around long enough as a recording medium, but somehow it still cannot beat filmreels, which has been around since the 1800s. It is still used today.
You're right, we've forgotten to take note of that. A few years ago there was an ambitious experiment to replace reels with digital projection systems and satellite feeds as a secure measure and a supposedly speedier method of distribution. Turned out to be very costly and those digital projectors couldn't match the quality of film projectors.
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Old 2009-01-08, 13:52   Link #31
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^With all due respect to old skool movie reels and 5˘ Nickelodeons (and no I don’t mean the network), those items were never consumerized to the point that 80-90% percent of households could purchase and use them…Film might have VHS technology beat in pure usage over time, but in personal consumption it’s not even close, because it was never meant to be an intial in-home product…
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Old 2009-01-08, 17:51   Link #32
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I still have one and it is functional with no dust covering it
My parents have one, we bought it when DVD players were just about new after our old one (which was as old as I was back then) finally died
I still use it to record movies or shows, my mom uses it to record her detective shows, I find it silly to buy a DVD recorder since we have 2 DVD players in this house, one on my room and one downstairs and both are not even THAT old (youngest is about 3 years used now) so why should I just throw that one out, it would be a waste

as for tapes in my collection, all of them are like my childhood, they are all cartoon shows and disney movies, the first 2 movies of Pokemon and cartoons from Daffy Duck, Supermouse and several others. I'll surely miss them
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Old 2009-01-08, 18:35   Link #33
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Come thinking, i never bought movies on vhs anyway. I just use vhs it to tape programs. I hope that they will still produce vhs cassettes, like they do with audio tapes, black-white, 8mm, 16mm and 35mm films, and beta tapes aso.
How about this?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDCAM
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Old 2009-01-08, 18:47   Link #34
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I have bunch of VHS tapes with NBA clips. The tape that I treasured the most was the game 6 of the NBA Finals. I wanted to record that game bnecause it was Michael Jordan's last game playing for the Chicago Bulls.
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Old 2009-01-08, 19:49   Link #35
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Yeah, i know. Technically it is actually possible to use VHS tapes to store data..., i think the russians made some devices, but cannot remember what it was called.
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Old 2009-01-09, 23:24   Link #36
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In the US, unfortunately they really haven't put out products to replace the VCR (no, TIVO does not count, I don't need a subscription to use my VCR). They exist but they're really hard to find. Currently I'm using a dedicated PC for "taping" but its a bit too complicated for my wife to want to mess with (the UI is.... not-ready-for-prime-time).

But as for missing VHS? yeah, right -- I'll miss it as much as I miss 8-track audio tapes: not at all.
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Old 2009-01-10, 08:30   Link #37
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Don't forget you have to rewind them. ^^
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Old 2009-01-10, 09:13   Link #38
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Don't forget you have to rewind them. ^^
Ah but on the other hand you could fast forward through all the commercials at the beginning and get right to the movie! Something that amazingly is not possible to do on some dvds (Disney being one of the more notorious ones to prevent this).
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Old 2009-01-10, 11:12   Link #39
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i'll miss it, as a kid i always bought some Old cartoons on VHS.. those were the days
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Old 2009-01-10, 15:46   Link #40
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My dad still uses a VHS on a daily bases. He uses it to record his daily chinese channel programs. I keep asking him why wouldn't he use the DVD recorder that we have sitting under the TV (we're still using a CRT tv ), he said that VHS on long mode can record 8 hours yet the DVD on low quality mode can only go up to 4. He wanted to find a VHS head cleaner the other day, yet he couldn't find it anywhere (except tesco...).

I really should record my VHS into DVD, I have a whole bunch of Disney films and childrens films. And the chinese dub of Princess Tu Tu I recorded off the chinese channel.

Come to think of it...we still have a bunch of LDs...too bad our LD player busted years ago. DVD should live longer then VHS, since Blu-ray players can always play DVDs.

My family is quite old tech...
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