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The Battle of the Videotape Formats

Posted by Big Boo on July 26th, 2008

Hands up who still uses videotapes?  I guess there are still a fair proportion of people who use them still for recording programmes off the telly, but with the advent of recordable DVD and Personal Video Recorder systems such as TiVo and Sky+ the humble videotape is gradually being squeezed out of the market.  For pre-recorded films it’s now pretty much impossible to buy videos it would seem.

Anyway, a little while ago I wrote about the different kinds of videotape formats that existed when video recorders first became available.  Whilst VHS ended up ruling the roost, and is what most people will immediately think of when they talk about videotapes, there were also rival formats Betamax and Video 2000.  So, cast your mind back, ring your parents if necessary, and let us know which format your family first had at home…

Which videotape format did your family first have?
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