Video Recording Technology: Its Impact on Media and Home Entertainment

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Chapter 7
The Home Video Revolution

In the late 1970s and early 1980s home video was often described in a drawing of a television set from which a dozen lines pointing to all directions emanated. A line linked to a home videocassette recorder; one connected to a videodisc machine; another hooked up cable; yet another went to the videogame machine or to a home computer, or other data-retrieval system; and finally the last tied in the audio stereo system. This was a picture of the home video/entertainment center. But this dream has not exactly materialized as planned. Videodisc players that were once thought to be a strong competitor to videocassette recorders have not yet succeeded; the videogame machine seems to have completed its life cycle, resulting in a downward trend in its sales; the home computer market has begun to level off, whereas all data-retrieval systems are underused. Cable too has slowed, although it now reaches into 51% of all American homes. Only the home VCR, now with 58.1% penetration, has continued to show strong growth in the home; and with the advent of a built-in hi-fi system in modern VCRs, linkages of VCRs to stereo systems have become a trend. Of all these home devices, the videocassette recorder is currently enjoying the greatest popularity -- a growth curve parallel to that of color receivers two decades earlier.

In discussing the home video environment it is important to trace its history back to the development of the helical-scan system. This was the clue to reducing the VTR's size, which facilitated the development of the home video recording system. The importance of Sony's U-matic technology as the main foundation on which a successful consumer video system was developed is established. In addition, the economic impact of

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface ix
  • Prologue xi
  • Chapter I - Introduction 1
  • Chapter 2 - Reproducing the Sound of the Living World 8
  • Chapter 3 - The Origin of Magnetic Recording 36
  • Chapter 4 - Introduction of Tape Development and the German Magnetophon 57
  • Chapter 5 - Nonmagnetic Methods of Recording Television 99
  • Chapter 6 - The Advent of the Videotape Recorder 112
  • Chapter 7 - The Home Video Revolution 143
  • Chapter 8 - VCR Market Growth 164
  • Chapter 9 - Videodisc Systems 180
  • Chapter 10 - Portable Video Recorders 186
  • Chapter 11 - The Impact of Video Technology on Related Industries 199
  • Epilogue 244
  • Notes 251
  • Glossary 264
  • Bibliography 270
  • Author Index 281
  • Subject Index 283
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