July 24, 2016
40 years after the first VHS video cassette recorders were made, the the last known company making the them is ceasing production. according to Japanese newspaper Nikkei.
Declining sales, plus a difficulties in obtaining necessary parts has prompted Funai Electric to cease production of Video Cassette Recorders (VCRs) . The Funai brand is not be well-known in the West, they sold VCRs under the more familiar Sanyo brand.
JVC’s VHS configuration debuted in 1977, sparking the VHS/Betamax configuration war. VHS trumped Betamax, which debuted in 1975, thanks in large part to its embracing of the X-Rated market.
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