According to an LA Times piece, Distribution Video Audio, the last known large distributor of VHS tapes, has shipped out its last batch of tapes, marking the end of an era.
VHS, and the players they are played on, VCRs, hit retail shelves in 1965 and allowed users to time-shift shows by recording them to video tape for playback whenever they chose. Earlier this year we reported the final demise of standalone VCRs although many companies still make combo DVD/VHS players or even Blu-ray/VHS players.
Ryan Kugler, the CEO of Distribution Video Audio, said that any leftover tapes would be given away.
“It’s dead, this is it, this is the last Christmas, without a doubt,” he added. “I was the last one buying VHS and the last one selling it, and I’m done.”
The last Hollywood movie to be released on VHS was A History of Violence which was released in 2006.
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JVC has announced they have finally stopped production on VCR standalone players, marking the end of an era for the now dead format.
There are, of course, still other manufacturers producing combo VHS/DVD players or even combo Blu-ray and VHS players, but JVC was the last to make complete standalone VHS players.
The VCR is 33 years old, and over its lifespan 900 million VCRs were produced, 50 million by JVC.
Thanks for the memories, standalone VCRs.