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Technology killed the video Star

Gone are the days of the Video Cassette Recorder (VCR).

The last company producing the VCR manufactured their last one in July.

Funai, which manufactured its VCRs in China and sold them in North America under the Sanyo brand, has stopped production, after only selling 750,000 last year. Meaning there are no more new VCRs being made anywhere in the world.

This brings back a wave of nostalgia as the VCR was an integral part of my childhood.

The VCR revolutionised home entertainment by allowing television audiences to capture their favourite shows on tape and watch them at their leisure in their homes. It also introduced a new institution: the video store.

The first successful VCR was the Betamax, introduced by Sony in mid-1975. Less than a year later, JVC (Victor Company of Japan) launched a rival, the VHS machine and ignited a “war” of formats that raged for more than 25 years before Sony ultimately conceited defeat and ceased production.

I remember at my video rental place there was a ‘special room’ behind the red curtain where the adult films resided. My friends and I would dare one another to sneak a peek to see what lay beneath the curtain. Yes, millennials, it used to be a lot of work getting to get porn that is now a mere click away.

Just as the DVD player killed the VCR, streaming and Netflix will inevitably bring about the demise of the DVD player.

The VCR will hold a special place in my heart as it introduced to me into the world of film.

You served us well, may you rest in peace.


Imogen Atkins
Imogen is an aspiring broadcaster who has recently relocated from the Manawatu to the big smoke to further her education. She is working towards a Diploma in Broadcasting and Journalism at the NZ Radio Training School.
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