On This Day … 07 June [2022]

Events 1975 – Sony launches Betamax, the first videocassette recorder format. Sony Sony Group Corporation (ソニーグループ株式会社, Sonī Gurūpu kabushiki gaisha), commonly known as Sony and stylised as SONY, is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Kōnan, Minato, Tokyo, Japan. As a major technology company, it operates as one of the world’s largest manufacturers of… Read More

On This Day … 04 June [2022]

Events 1977 – JVC introduces its VHS videotape at the Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago. It will eventually prevail against Sony’s rival Betamax system in a format war to become the predominant home video medium. JVC JVC (short for Japan Victor Company) is a Japanese brand owned by JVCKenwood corporation and formerly by the Victor… Read More

What was the Videotape Format War?

Introduction The videotape format war was a period of competition or “format war” of incompatible models of consumer-level analogue video videocassette and video cassette recorders (VCR) in the late 1970s and the 1980s, mainly involving the Betamax and Video Home System (VHS) formats. VHS ultimately emerged as the preeminent format. Overview The first video cassette… Read More