VHS archive

  • YouTube adds Tape Mode to celebrate birth of video recorders with static and screen roll
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    YouTube adds Tape Mode to celebrate birth of video recorders with static and screen roll

    By 15 April 2013

    In Google doodle fashion, YouTube is celebrating the birthday of something significant by adding a new feature to some of its videos. YouTube Tape Mode turns clips into dodgy 80s-style VHS copies to celebrate the 57th birthday of the first commercially...

  • Panasonic launches VHS-Blu-ray player combo
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    Panasonic launches VHS-Blu-ray player combo

    By 12 March 2009

    Panasonic has announced new Blu-ray players in the States, including the launch of a model that offers upconverting VHS playback. Successors to Panasonic's DMP-BD35 and DMP-BD55, the three new models are the DMP-BD60, DMP-BD80, DMP-BD70V. All the BD-Live-enabled...

  • Roxio launches Easy VHS to DVD
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    Roxio launches Easy VHS to DVD

    By 10 December 2008

    Roxio has announced the immediate availability of Roxio Easy VHS to DVD, a combination of software and hardware that claims to let users to quickly digitise the content of VHS tapes. Users attach the included hardware to their USB 2.0 port, then can capture...

  • JVC last to stop production of standalone VHS players
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    JVC last to stop production of standalone VHS players

    By 28 October 2008

    JVC has stopped producing VHS video cassette players and will end global sales of such machines when existing inventories run out. The other major Japanese manufacturers have already stopped producing standalone VHS players, so JVC's exit is said to "bring...

  • Panasonic DMR-BR630V gets Japanese launch
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    Panasonic DMR-BR630V gets Japanese launch

    By 26 August 2008

    In Japan, Panasonic has launched the DMR-BR630V personal video recorder that spans a fair few years of home cinema tech with a VHS deck and Blu-ray drive. In addition, there's a 320GB hard drive for storage and recording, and presumably to burn tapes...

  • HD video duo from JVC
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    HD video duo from JVC

    By 4 June 2008

    JVC/Victor has launched two new HD video recorders that allow the recording of two programs simultaneously. The main difference between the two models is their storage capacity: 250GB for the DR-HX250 and 500 GB for the DR-HX500. Shared specs include...

  • "Rescue Your Videotapes" launches
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    "Rescue Your Videotapes" launches

    By 4 June 2008

    MAGIX has announced the launch of "Rescue Your Videotapes". With this "video rescue package" you can back up your VHS and all other tape formats onto your PC or directly to DVD - and add animated menus if you so wish. With the cry to "save your precious...

  • USB VCR converter launches at Firebox
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    USB VCR converter launches at Firebox

    By 22 May 2008

    VHS tapes were rubbish. Dodgy tracking, limited lifespan, slow spools, below par quality, etc, etc. But we all have some classics lying around on tape somewhere taking up space and serving as as annoying analogue reminder of the past. Firebox want to...

  • Sharp goes 3-in-1 for video player
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    Sharp goes 3-in-1 for video player

    By 1 May 2007

    Sharp has announced the availability of a three-in-one video player that goes old school with inclusion of VHS. The AQUOS line of products incorporates VHS, DVD and a 250GB HDD for video recording and just like other AQUOS media recorders the DC-ACV52...

  • Panasonic DMR-ES30V VCR DVD recorder review
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    Panasonic DMR-ES30V VCR DVD recorder review

    By 14 June 2005

    The video boom of the eighties and nineties had one rather untidy consequence - an unsightly pile of VHS tapes in every living room around the country, most probably full of stuff you might not have watched before taping over it again. The advent of recordable...

  • Panasonic launches DVD Video Combi again
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    Panasonic launches DVD Video Combi again

    By 24 November 2004

    Just as the news that Dixons is to stop selling VHS players in the UK, Panasonic has announced that it is happy to push a DVD player and Video Recorder combi that it released earlier in the year for those making the transition. The NV-VP31EBS offers you...

  • VHS players served last rites
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    VHS players served last rites

    By 22 November 2004

    After 25 years, it seems the video player has been served its last rites. Dixons, who controls over 60 per cent of the retail electronic market in the UK has announced that it has stopped selling VCR units in favour of DVD players. "We are now entering...