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.