Flashback to 1974 – early VCRs

Luxury items: Early Sony Betamax and JVC VHS VCRs

In the mid 1970s, the new consumer video cassette recorders (VCRs) were just being introduced and the ownership of such a device in the home was seen as a real status symbol.

Image collage of Sony BM-C100 Betamax and JVC GR-C1 VHS ads in 1974

Advertising Sony Betamax and JVC VHS video cassette recorders in 1974. Do they work now?

There was a time when having a home VCR was a real luxury. If you wanted to keep up with the Joneses you just had to have your own VCR. Thanks to the sterling work of engineers at Sony and Matsushita (the Japanese company that owned both JVC – properly known as the Victor Company of Japan – and Panasonic at the time), there was a real dog-fight going on in an effort to secure supremacy in the massive market that was to be home video. It’s the same war that eventually resulted in Matsushita’s VHS (Video Home System) winning the fight over Sony’s Betamax – even though Betamax was regarded by many in the know as being technically superior.

Despite the fact that a diminishing number of people now use the VCRs in their homes, there’s a mountain of video-cassette tapes languishing on shelves, boxes, drawers and cabinets for which their owners have no means of playback. Once the VCRs developed faults that were uneconomical to repair, they were discarded. And that’s the problem.

What to do with the tapes?

That’s where we come in. We’ll digitise your precious recordings and restore them to their former glory in digital form – on DVD, as files that can be played on your computer or home media player, as movies that you can upload to YouTube or Facebook or save your iPod Video, Touch, iPhone, Android smartphone or iPad.

Once the recordings have been carefully digitised the sky’s the limit as to what you can do with them – and the quality will never degrade in time!

Meanwhile, if you are lucky enough to have a working VCR from the 1970s or 1980s then hold onto it because it’s gaining in value with each new day!

See our Prices page for more information.

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