"Do Not Change Channel. Taping Dallas."

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This month we once again celebrated the anniversary of the day in 1977 that VHS tapes (R.I.P.) were introduced to America. This leads me to fondly recall my childhood - where many excited trips into the living to watch television were ended by a sternly worded note taped over the television screen warning others not to change the channel on a recording in progress.

My parents must have really saved up. Check out the price of the first VCR unit:

The system was called Vidstar. The VCR would cost $1,280. That's about $4,600 in inflation-adjusted dollars. Blank tapes were priced at $20 ($72 these days).

I know DVDs are far superior when it comes to audio, picture quality, durability, special features and the simple act of jumping around from one scene to another - but who doesn't in some strange way miss adjusting the tracking on a VHS tape? Who's with me?

(Via Wired)

June 24, 2010 - 11:11am
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