Chris Baraniuk “Japan 'to stop making VCR machines'” http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36857370
“R.I.P. VHS” http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36866470
Some vintage technologies - such as vinyl - have enjoyed a renaissance.
However, Tania Loeffler, an analyst at IHS Technology, does not think the same nostalgia will ever be felt for VCR-playable formats.
"I don't see VCR becoming like vinyl, where a lot of people appreciated the warmness of how something sounds on vinyl," she told the BBC.
"The quality on VHS is not something I think anyone would want to go back to."
However, she added that a niche market for accessing VHS content, perhaps for archival purposes, would probably mourn the loss of VCRs if they became unavailable.
Home video changed everything. Now you could record TV programmes and watch them again, rather than having to commit them to memory and then play them back in your head. Plus you could rent movies from the video shop and enjoy them at home, instead of having to sit in a cinema alongside other humans who might not appreciate Tom Selleck or Molly Ringwald as much as you did.
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