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That first VHS player was a major treat. I think I paid $500 for a Panasonic Omnivision machine (mono), and it was great. Record programs! Rent movies! PAUSE movies! This was a totally new experience. These kids nowadays don't appreciate it. And get off my lawn!
 

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good old VHS

My first VHS was a Sony stereo with Edit functions .. paid it 700$, 15 -20 years ago....worked perfectly, until somebody stole it at the cottage few years ago....

I still have 2 VHS, one mono and one stereo, they work without problems, not like my Samsung DVD-R that i had to exchange three times before having one how work well ( until now ) !
 

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I remember the first VHS my parents bought. Must have been close to 30 years ago (I remember having to use a switch to choose between the antenna and the VIC 20).

It was a top loading VCR, and was huge (it was too heavy for me to move as well). I remember Sears having a video counter and offering a service where you could have one movie out at a time for a fixed monthly fee. We rented a new movie everynight!!
 

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Our first VCR was top-loading too and the remote was on a long wire. My father could never figure out how to program a record event... And to this day, never could do it on any VCRs.
 

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Please lets keep this discussion to the end of VHS.
 

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Well, I still have a VCR hooked up in the basement.... And it will likely stay that way for some time. We have dozens & dozens of 25¢ garage sale kids movies that are still being watched. The kids don't care that Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too isn't being shown in 1080P. In fact, they love the VCR movies because the cases are infinitely easier for a little hands to open, and I let them handle them. In fact my two year old, insists on snuggling the cases while watching movies (haven't figured that one out!). I won't let them touch discs.
 

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Aside from our Hi-Fi Beta machine that I only recently got rid of, we had our top loading VCR which I believe was Magnavox (to go with the Odyssey 2, of course!). I remember using the 'remote control' (a little rectangular box with about 15 feet of cord that plugged into the front) only on movie nights as it made "too much mess"!

I think my best memory is going to Mr.Video after school with my Dad and renting movies, which were all in those fake leather-bound cases. I loved the smell of that place!
 

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I kept waiting for one type (VHS/Beta) to clearly take over...

As time went on...it became clear VHS was winning and as soon as there was a VHS model with Hi-Fi...I finally caved in...to the tune of $1500...

It was a JVC model that I figured I would own forever...as it completely changed my world...yikes...what was I thinking :confused:
 

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It's amazing to think how long and strong VHS lasted. And in many cases still used. I still have a unit plugged in, and use it to record OTA (over the air) shows that I might miss. I could go for a DVD recorder, but why? It's still works. I think Digital OTA will force me to retire the unit since I'll need a unit with a ATSC tuner in it. But, for now, the VHS is still working. I might just hold on until a Blu-Ray recorder hits the North American market. Or if I find a low cost DVD recorder/VHS combo unit with a ATSC tuner in it.

Parents still use the VHS as well to record daily.

It's funny how bad the image looks on a HDTV screen. But look at YouTube. Bad is Bad, put if it still works, people will use it.
 

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As time went on...it became clear VHS was winning and as soon as there was a VHS model with Hi-Fi...I finally caved in...to the tune of $1500...

It was a JVC model that I figured I would own forever...as it completely changed my world...yikes...what was I thinking :confused:
I bought the same model, the JVC HR-D725U from Woodwards. The original price was $1500 and 1 month later it went on sale for $1400 and I got $100 back. It had perfect pause and reverse play. along with the (at the time) incredible Hi-Fi stereo sound. It was built like a tank and weighed 26 pounds.
 

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Great run for the VCR and VHS tape rewinders, i'll never forget the first dubbed porn tape i got when i was young ;)
 

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VHS tape rewinders
Yup, I guess as a collateral damage is the death of the VHS Tape Rewinder. I never figured out the use for those as every VHS player out there could rewind tapes. I guess they had a niche market in video rental stores.

I saw a bunch on shelf in a used electronics store a few months back - with a fine layer of dust.

Now,... I wonder if anyone has thought of marketing DVD/BluRay Rewinders...... ;)
 

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I clearly remember our first VCR, recording all those Saturday morning cartoons on it in the mid 80's, as well as WWF wrestling. Then in the 90's recording all those Bulls games. I've converted a lot of content over to digital format, but still not everything, so I still need a VCR to do that. We still have about 4 in our house.

I also remember a $3000 bulky Camcorder we bought that used VHS tapes. It was actually a nice camera, made by Panasonic, but it was just so heavy.

Now everyone can have access to content in digital format, in HD, and we can stream content wirelessly to other rooms... truly amazing how far everything has come in such a short time.
 

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My JVC HR-7600 is still going strong and the picture quality rivals that of my DVD recorder but the format is awkward if rather simplistic compared to DVD. TBH, I only keep it around because I haven't been bothered to transfer the few tapes we have left to DVD. Surprised you could still buy tapes.
 

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Time lapse VCR...

Surprised you could still buy tapes.
I am convinced blank tapes will still be available for quite a few years since security and other specialised equipment are quite expensive and it will more likely take a few years for smaller business using such equipment to move to DVR as they are quite an investment. Mind you now I believe you can get cheap DVRs in the area of 500$ (Lorrex for example) but it would more likely be cheaper for a small business owner to get his time lapse VCR fixed than buying a a small inexpensive 4 inputs DVR and therefore should keep a small market open for the tapes. It is to be noted that the tape for time lapse are normally tinner than the typical consumer grade in order to provide longer recording but since they are/where that much more expensive, many users were simply using consumer budget VHS tapes in order to save.
 

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Around 1984 we discovered the VHS VCR. At first, it was for rental of movies, and we rented a VCR to go along with them, until we got our own VCR in 1986 or so; an Electrohome HVR-D50 I think. It was a front loader, and had an elecrtonically programmed tuner, sort of like the kind that had the lid with the dozen thumbwheels under it. in 1992 or 3, whe got a Magnasonic we used for another 10 years. On both the Electrohome and Magnasonic, we never had the remote anywehere, we always controlled it from the front panel.
Also, Around 1992/3 I got some Beta VCRs and tapes to play with, and some more Beta tapes and another Bet VCR in 1998 or so. I also got another VHS unit (an RCA), the first I had to use with a remote, but one came with it; which I can also use with my RCA TV.
We upgraded the Magnasonic to a new JVC unit, and I peronally mostly gave up VHS for TiVo, but have an extensive VHS and Beta Library of recorded material to watch.
I don't have either sort of VCR connected to my HT system though.
 
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