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Sony say that the Betamax format is finally end of life.
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34776424
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I dunno. They were still selling cameras that used that format in 2005? I'd be miffed if I'd bought one and they discontinued it any sooner.

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Thunkd wrote:
I dunno. They were still selling cameras that used that format in 2005? I'd be miffed if I'd bought one and they discontinued it any sooner.

From the article it was the (also to be ceased) Micro MV format cameras that reached end of sale in 2005. Betamax would have been much earlier.
 
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MFinch wrote:
Sony say that the Betamax format is finally end of life.
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34776424


I heard somewhere that Betamax was the preferred way of doing film editing -- or something like that -- before it was digital...

I suppose the digital film finally overcame the tape.

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DKahnt wrote:
MFinch wrote:
Sony say that the Betamax format is finally end of life.
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34776424


I heard somewhere that Betamax was the preferred way of doing film editing -- or something like that -- before it was digital...

I suppose the digital film finally overcame the tape.

-DK


Yeah, it had more industry use than commercial.
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Are they going to try to bring the MiniDisc back...again?
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Are they going to try to bring the MiniDisc back...again?


I loved the mini disc, so much more versatility than cd for recording music. No finger marks to smudge the disc, far more compact than compact disc and re-recordable up 1000 times if I remember correctly.

We have a high end Sony micro seperates system with mini disc deck and it still rocks our lounge.

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MFinch wrote:
Sony say that the Betamax format is finally end of life.


I thought this happened back in the 80s. Consider me surprised!
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Found this old "obit" I had saved...

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Posted: Tue., Nov. 14, 2006, 8:00pm PT

VHS, 30, dies of loneliness

The home-entertainment format lived a fruitful life

By DIANE GARRETT
After a long illness, the groundbreaking home-entertainment format VHS has died of natural causes in the United States. The format was 30 years old.
No services are planned.
The format had been expected to survive until January, but high-def formats and next-generation vidgame consoles hastened its final decline.
“It’s pretty much over,” concurred Buena Vista Home Entertainment general manager North America Lori MacPherson on Tuesday.
VHS is survived by a child, DVD, and by Tivo, VOD, and DirecTV. It was preceded in death by Betamax, Divx, mini-discs, and laserdiscs.
Although it had been ailing, the format’s death became official in this, the video biz’s all-important fourth quarter. Retailers decided to pull the plug, saying there was no longer shelf space.
As a tribute to the late, great VHS, Toys ‘R’ Us will continue to carry a few titles like “Barney,” and some dollar video chains will still handle cassettes for those who cannot deal with the death of the format.
Born Vertical Helical Scan to parent JVC of Japan, the tape had a difficult childhood as it was forced to compete with Sony’s Betamax format.
After its youthful Betamax battles, the longer-playing VHS tapes eventually became the format of choice for millions of consumers. VHS enjoyed a lucrative career, transforming the way people watched movies and changing the economics of the film biz. VHS hit its peak with “The Lion King,” which sold more than 30 million videocassettes Stateside.
The format flourished until DVDs launched in 1997. After a fruitful career, VHS tapes started to retire from center stage in 2003 when DVDs became more popular for the first time.
Since their retirement, VHS tapes have made occasional appearances in children’s entertainment and as a format for collectors seeking titles not released on DVD. VHS continued to make as much as $300 million a year until this year, when studios stopped manufacturing the tapes.

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Relentless what to their products?
 
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