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Dan The Man

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I heard this on the news earlier and was surprised they were still in production. DVD surpassed VHS in sales more than a decade ago. Now we have Blu-Ray which is the last physical format I'm buying into. Our local news showed a brief pan of an electronics store in the early 90s. A Hi-Fi VHS player went for $349 back then that's a hair over $500 in today's dollars. :eek:

I still buy DVDs. They're a few bucks cheaper usually and I've rarely noticed a quality difference except on 50+" screens.

It's funny, I have about 20 DVDs and Blu-Ray's I've bought and haven't opened yet. Netflix/Amazon Video, etc is just more accessible. I started questioning why I still bought physical discs until the cable (and with it the internet) was out 36 hours a couple months back. I'll continue to buy physical media here and there.

I may snatch up a combo player that burns VHS to DVD just to have it.
 
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I can really notice oa difference between DVD and blue ray on my 65 inch 4k ultra HD curved screen, on the the older tv's I have it's much less noticable
 
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I can really notice oa difference between DVD and blue ray on my 65 inch 4k ultra HD curved screen, on the the older tv's I have it's much less noticable
Yea, generally you need to be above about 50"-55" to see a difference with 4K and above 32"-36" to see difference between 720p and 1080p. DVD is a little easier, since it is 480p .. unless you have a great upscaling circuit.

I do wish my cable company had a great HD .. Comcast around here doesn't. Some of the "HD" channels are 1080i (interlaced) but most are at 720p upscaled.
 
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Yea, generally you need to be above about 50"-55" to see a difference with 4K and above 32"-36" to see difference between 720p and 1080p. DVD is a little easier, since it is 480p .. unless you have a great upscaling circuit.

I do wish my cable company had a great HD .. Comcast around here doesn't. Some of the "HD" channels are 1080i (interlaced) but most are at 720p upscaled.
yea we just had TDS put in a fiberville system in out town, fiber optic to the house, stunning picture and awesome internet, not that many channels actually broadcast in true hd
 
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VHS has been an issue in education because schools and institutions still have a lot of frequently used VHS content that was never redistributed or produced in any other format. Copyright, licensing, and a lack of transfer resources often gets in the way of extending the life of these materials in ways that home users take for granted under the Home Recording Act.

Most schools have long stopped replacing their failing VCRs in anticipation of upgrades to their technology assets, but that doesn't necessarily solve their materials problem when the last known release of valued material was on tape. This has probably been a niche market for the sole manufacturer of VCRs and now the sun is setting on it.
 
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For years I was buying every Disney DVD that came out in preparation for a grandchild. Then when the Blu Ray version came out, I bought that and donated the older one to my local library.

Fast forward to September 2019...grandson Wesley arrives as does Disney+....arghhh....
 

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For years I was buying every Disney DVD that came out in preparation for a grandchild. Then when the Blu Ray version came out, I bought that and donated the older one to my local library.

Fast forward to September 2019...grandson Wesley arrives as does Disney+....arghhh....
Should've kept the DVDs. They can watch them in the car, or anywhere, using one of many cheap portable DVD players (no data usage or fees.)
 

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Many many years ago, Digital Equipment Corporation sponsored a series called “The Infinite Voyage”, and they’d send customers VHS tapes of each episode. It was like the kind of show you’d see on the History channel or Something... kind of along the lines of National Geographic. I still have them. I also still have a couple of working VHS players. I never really had a lot of VHS videos because I preferred Laser Discs; I have hundreds of them. I still have a couple of working Laser Disc players too. We never watch Laser Discs or VHS anymore, but we still can... until the players stop working.
 

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I still have a VCR in the house and a bunch of old videos that I am not about to get rid of. I really should digitize them but that involves actually hooking up the video player into something. Some of the videos include family that are no longer around though so maybe I should just bite the bullet and get this done before the media or player rot beyond all help.
 
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steve149

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Given this is a restart of a 4 year old thread, I'm guessing that if you hadn't bought, you're either buying used or paying through the nose.

DVD and Blu-ray are probably up next.
 
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As pointed out, this would be for data / cloud storage backup. Magnetic media for backup / archive purposes has never gone away.
 

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I still have a VCR in the house and a bunch of old videos that I am not about to get rid of. I really should digitize them but that involves actually hooking up the video player into something. Some of the videos include family that are no longer around though so maybe I should just bite the bullet and get this done before the media or player rot beyond all help.
If they're still around the dual VCR and DVD recorder/player units are a quick way to do this. You get an instant unattended DVD copy which you can later rip to your PC at a convenient time. I had access to one while working at a campus media service - and it was quick and easy to dupe family VHS tapes to something you could later rip to a file.
 

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If they're still around the dual VCR and DVD recorder/player units are a quick way to do this. You get an instant unattended DVD copy which you can later rip to your PC at a convenient time. I had access to one while working at a campus media service - and it was quick and easy to dupe family VHS tapes to something you could later rip to a file.
Actually, my Panasonic unit has a SD card slot as well as DVD recorder, so I have that option if I stay under 2Gb.
 

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I'm holding out for one of these:

AJA KI Pro
I just want to run through the myriad of videotapes we took of the kids over the first 20 years (VHS, 8mm, MiniDV) and get them on a playable format so we can play them for their kids and taunt them .. :)
 

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I just want to run through the myriad of videotapes we took of the kids over the first 20 years (VHS, 8mm, MiniDV) and get them on a playable format so we can play them for their kids and taunt them .. :)
Ha! So you say.
$5 says they all laugh it off while a teary eyed you opens another box of tissues.
 
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