If you grew up in the 80s, you would have been used to having to choose between your favourite programmes, as you could only watch one.
You wouldn’t have had the luxury of fast forwarding, pausing or recording one programme whilst watching another. Christmas would be stressful as all your favourite films would be shown at the same time, and you had to sacrifice one for the other.
If you were out, or went on holiday, you could not record any shows, and you simply missed them.
How Video Changed Our Viewing
It was during the 80s and 90s that the ‘video wars’ were at their peak. New shops sprang up where you could rent or buy films. You could watch them as many times as you wanted, and you could now keep them. Presents were made easier as requests for film titles rocketed and new video rental stores sprang up everywhere. Better technology meant you could watch one channel and record another, whilst the younger generation became experts at recording shows and timing the ‘cut’ perfectly so to not record the adverts. The introduction of home-movies exploded and people were sharing family memories.
Betamax and VHS
Initially, two types of video formats came out, Betamax and VHS, but it was VHS that won out, with over 60% of the market share by the late 1980’s. New laws were introduced, such as the Video Recordings Act 1984, stating that all commercial video recording for sale or hire (in the UK) must have a ‘classification’. VHS became the ‘home movie’ choice.
DVD Killed the Video Star
With the introduction of DVDs, the sale and popularity of videos crashed, leaving many in second-hand stores. However, videos were not solely used for the film industry, and many memories were captured on video that could now be lost forever. At Video2DVD Transfers, we can take your video and convert them for you, so can keep watching and sharing with your friends and family.
Why don’t you contact us today, and see how we can help save your memories.