VHS era is winding down

VHS era is winding down

There are 24 comments on the Newsday story from Dec 22, 2008, titled VHS era is winding down. In it, Newsday reports that:

Ryan Kugler, left, president of Distribution Video Audio in Burbank, and his brother Brad, the CEO, have shipped their last truckload of VHS tapes.

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liner

Bronx, NY

#1 Dec 22, 2008
Awful long story for such a short subject.
Bill

Cincinnati, OH

#2 Dec 22, 2008
I need to find a way to convert all of my VHS porno to DVD.

“Death to humans!”

Since: Jul 08

A long way from here...

#3 Dec 23, 2008
VHS bailout, anyone? We need to save a dying industry...
dr no

Latham, NY

#4 Dec 23, 2008
along with the inferior vhs machine we still have our superior super beta max. know what? beta machines can't see copy guard so you can dupe anything.
Droncz92

Salt Lake City, UT

#5 Dec 23, 2008
Its so funny how I used to spend 20 dollars for a tape now you can get them at a bargain bin at walgreens for 2 bucks.
Spector

Chicago, IL

#6 Dec 23, 2008
Well at least the VHS tapes were not as delicate as DVD's and didn't scratch and get ruined at the drop at a hat -- and you could record on them, which, though technically possible with some DVD's isnt nearly as easy.

Does anyone know if VHS tapes can be recycled in the city as plastic?
DogMan

United States

#7 Dec 23, 2008
The Des Plaines library has a bin that you can drop tapes and disks in so that they will be recycled.
Cheap Irv

Huntington Station, NY

#8 Dec 23, 2008
Hot diggity!! Just intime because my betas and reel to reel porn flicks are getting worn out.
booksdates

United States

#9 Dec 23, 2008
Good story and from a collector's point of view very informative. Some VHS product never came out on DVD because of licensing restrictions so the actual product is collectable and worth something to other collectors. I have around 1k films mostly VHS with some DVD. Love the audio comment. on the DVD product, though. I am not a techy so pic quality is not an issue. I like to own the film and have the artwork so I don't do rentals, period. Some of my movies (mostly classics) I have watched 20+ times over the years so with my collection I have my own video store 10 feet away.

Since: Apr 08

Chicago

#10 Dec 23, 2008
Streaming data, both video and audio will eventually replace all known forms of hard copy ownership, including Blu-Ray and other HD formats. As our available Internet bandwidth increases, and the compression algorithms improve, the concept of "ownership" will eventually give way to usability. I personally see subscription services as the way we are going. Once online audio/video quality is equivalent to any format available in hard copy, the ability to have millions of songs/movies available 24/7 will become the primary method of delivery. The idea of "owning" an album or movie (which we never actually did anyway, only the license to use it for private listening or viewing) will become completely obsolete.

“Obama said the USA is "one ”

Since: Mar 08

nation under Allah"? PROVE IT!

#11 Dec 23, 2008
Winding down? Hasnt VHS already been dead for 10 years or better?

Who the hell is still fooling around with sh!tty tapes?

Newsflash!! 8 track tapes are losing ground in the battle against digital downloads too!
Hopkins of Peoria

Peoria, IL

#12 Dec 23, 2008
You can share VHS tapes, made from TV shows, with your friends. Also copy them. Can't do that with the TiVo devices. I'm heading out to buy a lot of blank VHS tapes, because I still use them. People are stupid to ditch them totally in favor of other less efficient methods. They still have their place in the world of home entertainment.

Daniel P from Long Island

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#13 Dec 23, 2008
I don't use VHS tape. I use scotch tape or masking tape.

Since: Apr 08

Chicago

#14 Dec 23, 2008
You can do all those things with DVD. The TiVo to DVD can be done effortlessly with the right software. I don't think the move away from the antiquated analog VHS tapes represents stupidity on the part of anyone, just a natural progression into the digital age.
Hopkins of Peoria wrote:
You can share VHS tapes, made from TV shows, with your friends. Also copy them. Can't do that with the TiVo devices. I'm heading out to buy a lot of blank VHS tapes, because I still use them. People are stupid to ditch them totally in favor of other less efficient methods. They still have their place in the world of home entertainment.

Daniel P from Long Island

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#15 Dec 23, 2008
Let me tell you something about VHS tapes that I found out from my own unhappy personal experience.

I used to tape a lot of my favorite shows like WINGS on The Discovery Channel (the aircraft documentary series, not the comedy), MTV, movies, cartoons, and lots of other tings.

Some of the things I taped I only watched once or twice and then put them away.

A few years later, when I went to watch a movie and some other things I had taped, I unhappily discovered that even if you don't watch the tapes in awhile, the tape still deteriorates to a point where it becomes unwatchable.

:(
liner

Bronx, NY

#16 Dec 24, 2008
Daniel P from Long Island wrote:
Let me tell you something about VHS tapes that I found out from my own unhappy personal experience.
I used to tape a lot of my favorite shows like WINGS on The Discovery Channel (the aircraft documentary series, not the comedy), MTV, movies, cartoons, and lots of other tings.
Some of the things I taped I only watched once or twice and then put them away.
A few years later, when I went to watch a movie and some other things I had taped, I unhappily discovered that even if you don't watch the tapes in awhile, the tape still deteriorates to a point where it becomes unwatchable.
:(
Hence the progression of technology.
Beauty School Dropout

United States

#17 Dec 24, 2008
Bill wrote:
I need to find a way to convert all of my VHS porno to DVD.
Me too!
Sunny

Hammond, IN

#18 Dec 24, 2008
mr mojo risin wrote:
Winding down? Hasnt VHS already been dead for 10 years or better?
Who the hell is still fooling around with sh!tty tapes?
Newsflash!! 8 track tapes are losing ground in the battle against digital downloads too!
Haha! That's what I was going to say. Dying???

Try Dead.

Since: Dec 08

Bellmore, NY

#19 Dec 24, 2008
Bill wrote:
I need to find a way to convert all of my VHS porno to DVD.
LOL,you beat me to it!
ex-ferrerman

Libertyville, IL

#20 Dec 24, 2008
I just finished transferring all my VHS to Beta. Was this a bad thing?

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