Betamax

RIP Betamax – Sony will finally kill off Betamax video cassettes in 2016

You might have thought the Betamax video format died a long time ago, but it turns out that Sony has continued to sell the cassettes – that is until next year. The Japanese electronics company has announced that it will stop shipping Betamax video cassettes in March 2016. The format was originally developed in 1975, but ultimately lost out to VHS video cassettes in the 1980s. At its peak, around 50 million Betamax cassettes were sold in 1984 while Betamax video recording equipment sold…

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Tech turkeys or ahead of their time? Betamax and 4 other gadgets that didn’t quite make it

1. Sony Betamax video Japanese electronics giant Sony fought hard to convince us that its Betamax video system was better than the rival VHS back in the late 1970s and into the 1980s. But the cheaper VHS system won the day – although you might be surprised to know that Betamax continued in production until the end of 2002. (Original image by Bettenburg at de.wikipedia (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons) 2. LaserDiscs Also known as DiscoVision in the…

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