Last remaining VHS VCR producer will cease manufacturing recorders at the end of this month, bringing the 40-year-long analogue videotape era to an end

This article titled “VHS is dead, but at least it outlived Betamax tapes by nine months” was written by Samuel Gibbs, for on Friday 22nd July 2016 13.09 UTC

The 40-year-war between Betamax and VHS is finally over, but while victorious 28 years ago, the VHS video cassette recorders only managed to outlive its rival’s tapes by 9 months. The last VHS VCR will roll off the production line at the end of this month.

It’s the end of the home analogue magnetic video tape era. Japan’s Funai Electric, the last remaining VCR manufacturer after Panasonic pulled out several years ago, has ceased production citing a sharp decline in sales and trouble sourcing parts.

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