The last-known company manufacturing VCRs will reportedly halt production this month, ending an era.
Funai Electric Corp ., are stationed in Osaka, Japan, accused the decision in a statement on difficulties in acquiring factors, according to PC World . Dismal auctions too likely contributed.
Funai said only 750,000 VCRs( or video cassette recorders, for all you youngins) were sold worldwide in 2015. That’s down from millions in the 1980 s and 1990 s, when they were a staple in American households.
As the Consumer Technology Association pointed out in December, VCRs were a red-hot Christmas item back in 1995 along with camcorders and CD-ROM computer drives. VCRs were notoriously difficult to program to record TV evidences, but the latter are easy to expend with pre-recorded strips. Most simulates featured clocks that mockingly twinkled the wrong experience, daring users’ attempts to keep them properly determined.
A decade earlier, The Wall Street Journal reported that VCR costs has at last dropped to a reasonable $200 to $400 down from four-figure prices after their 1975 release.
Today, retailers like Best Buy and Walmart continue to sell devices that play both DVDs and VHS tapes. For a standalone VCR, however, it emerges easier be returned to places like Amazon or eBay( or your local thrift shop ).
Film studios reportedly stopped making VHS strips back in 2006.
Variety magazine loped a tongue-in-cheek obituary for the strips at the time: “VHS is survived by a child, DVD, and by Tivo, VOD and DirecTV. It was predated in extinction by Betamax, Divx, mini-discs and laserdiscs.”
Those who still have VHS videotapes may very well be sitting on a stockpile of currency. Just check out eBay, where copies Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”are listed for around $200.
A is asking for statement from Funai was not immediately returned.
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