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(IT World)   Wait - 55% of Americans still have VCRs?   (itworld.com) divider line 115
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2013-01-10 07:55:14 AM  
I have 3.
 
2013-01-10 07:58:03 AM  
I have two VHS, one S-VHS, and an LD player. I haven't used any of them in years, but I still have them.
 
2013-01-10 08:01:22 AM  

degenerate-afro: I have two VHS, one S-VHS, and an LD player. I haven't used any of them in years, but I still have them.


Yeah. And I still use it.
 
2013-01-10 08:03:18 AM  
I still have one. It's in a closet gathering dust, but I have it.
 
2013-01-10 08:06:26 AM  
You'll get my Betamax when you pry it from my cold, dead hands, you bastards!
 
2013-01-10 08:07:38 AM  
I use my VCR more than my poor DVD player that just gathers dust now. I'm happy I never put money into a blu-ray player that probably would have never gotten used. Streaming definitely wins in every category.
 
2013-01-10 08:07:54 AM  
Yeah I had my VCRDVD combo up until just recently. Hooked up to the plasma and everything in case I wanted to watch the definitive version of star wars they released by mistake in the 90s
 
2013-01-10 08:12:56 AM  
VCRs are great for kids.

1.) Grab the purple tape.
2.) Push it into the VCR.
3.) Watch
4.) If it ends, go to step 2.

Can't do that with a DVR or DVD.
 
2013-01-10 08:20:55 AM  
VCR/DVD combo here. Wifey was watching her old disney movies with daughter on vcr yesterday. so yeah. people still use them.
 
2013-01-10 08:26:31 AM  
I got shelves of my favorite movies on VHS. When they wear out, I replace them with DVDs. Why should I get rid of my VHS player before the last tape bites the dust?
 
2013-01-10 08:27:47 AM  
I do; I need it while I'm transferring all my video tapes to dvd.
 
2013-01-10 08:28:40 AM  
There are an awful lot of poor people out there that can't afford Blu-ray players and streaming services and aren't just going to chuck their VHS collection while it still works.
 
2013-01-10 08:29:26 AM  
All these VCR's simply prove that there are no poor people. Fox News told me so.
 
2013-01-10 08:31:02 AM  
We stayed at a vacation property last year and they had a VCR and a few tapes in one of the bedrooms.  I felt like a damned archaeologist.
 
2013-01-10 08:33:11 AM  
And yet 75% of them are blinking 12:00.
 
2013-01-10 08:36:15 AM  
Wait - 55% of Americans still have are too lazy to throw out their VCRs?

FTFS
 
2013-01-10 08:37:52 AM  
Well, VCRs haven't really been obsolete all that long, and as folks have noted above, they can still be useful depending on the circumstances. We still have some tapes of stuff that we don't have on DVD, including twelve hours of Ren and Stimpy and the series finale of Seinfeld. I'm not sure anyone's going to have a great desire to watch any of that again, but it's there and available.

And even among those who have abandoned the technology, I'm willing to bet there are folks who still have them just because they haven't gotten around to disconnecting them yet.
 
2013-01-10 08:38:14 AM  
Ive got one in closet somewhere.. havent used it in years, though I still have about 50 or so VHS tapes
 
2013-01-10 08:41:24 AM  
I've still got one, but only because Radio Shack refused to transfer all my 80s homemade porn to DVD.
 
2013-01-10 08:44:00 AM  
119 million people live in homes with four or more televisions

That's nuttier than the VCR thing. Most people I know have one, some have two, can only think of one person with more than that.
 
2013-01-10 08:45:50 AM  
Yep, have about 3 of them. One of them is used daily so my 3 year old can watch the old Disney VHS tapes we have from our childhood (as well as Babe).
 
2013-01-10 08:47:42 AM  
VCRs aren't obsolete unless they're broken. Mine works perfectly fine. And considering I use it maybe once a year, it will last me a really long time. I have no use for a DVR.

Real time, or online. I have found there to be very little, if any, content worth "delayed" viewing.
 
2013-01-10 08:48:17 AM  

whereisian: 119 million people live in homes with four or more televisions

That's nuttier than the VCR thing. Most people I know have one, some have two, can only think of one person with more than that.


We have two, one for the living room, one (old CRT) for the kids. I have a dual monitor setup for my PC and I use one of those for my XBOX 360 so I am not taking up a TV.
 
2013-01-10 08:56:52 AM  
well, most americans are too busy polishing their gunracks with bible pages to learn to read so yeah, a house with a VCR still in it makes total sense.

"what dat we be watching?"
"Tim Krooz in some plane."
"that be some machines! where mah Jerry Springer tape be at?"

cue banjo music /inbreeding/gun violence

/isthathowit'sdone?
 
2013-01-10 08:58:58 AM  
Plenty of people still have CRT/VCR combos.

I kept a VCR for years and years because I was damned if I was going to get rid of my imported copies of Hard Boiled, The Killer, Bullet in the Head, and other foreign movies that cost me over $30 each when I was in college in the late 90s.

I'm not as convinced as some that DVDs and Blu-Rays are going to suffer the same obsolescence and mass extinction that VHS tapes have. Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, cable on demand, etc are all accelerating the standard away from physical media, but even in ten years, it's not going to be all streaming and cloud-based.

cxjohn: I have found there to be very little, if any, content worth "delayed" viewing.


i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-01-10 09:00:12 AM  
I still have and use a VCR for the same reason I still have and use the original NES system, to play old tapes (games).
 
2013-01-10 09:05:56 AM  
I have roughly 13,000 VCRs, in a warehouse full of racks.  I'm tying them together into a chronosyncretic esthetonic ion relay network, which takes over 5000 miles of cable.  I'm still finishing up the power supply for this--it involves a surreptitious dam on a river whose name I'm afraid I can't mention--and my partner, Indiana Bill, has been working the ebay market for copies of tape 1 of season 3 of The Golden Girls.  It should be about three months or so when we can finally pop the last tape into the last VCR, turn the whole thing on, and then...

Singularity.

Put your affairs in order, is my advice.
 
2013-01-10 09:06:58 AM  
I have two VHS, two SVHS, and a Betamax. One of each have no Macrovision circuits at all, hence why I keep them around. Its rare to find anything on tape that can't be purchased on DVD at least, if not Blu-Ray or digital download, but it does happen. Early episodes of MST3K spring to mind.

The others are mostly used as tuners for tunerless TVs or monitors, rather than anything else. That's mostly what VCRs are good for these days: tuners. Even that's starting to become less and less relevant as cable services push to all-digital and mandatory set-top boxes, not to mention the over-the-air digital changeover.

I almost picked up a newer VCR a while ago. NTSC, QAM and ATSC tuners, combo'd with a DVD Recorder and DivX/XviD playback. It was like finding a '69 Caddy that'd been converted to hybrid. I have no idea what market they were going after with that thing, but it was so damn strange I almost had to get me one. Price tag was just too high though.
 
2013-01-10 09:14:05 AM  

nekom: We stayed at a vacation property last year and they had a VCR and a few tapes in one of the bedrooms.  I felt like a damned archaeologist.


Just don't watch the one weird tape with the spinning chair and the well.
 
2013-01-10 09:14:27 AM  
This thread feels like:

i.imgur.com

"Hey look, another giant picture book of the Vietnam War."

"Whatever man, I just found the motherload: the entire Disney collection on VHS!"
 
2013-01-10 09:14:40 AM  

Gunny Walker: VCRs are great for kids.

1.) Grab the purple tape.
2.) Push it into the VCR.
3.) Watch
4.) If it ends, go to step 2.

Can't do that with a DVR or DVD.


I actually used to make KVCDs and CVDs specifically for people with kids. Structure the disc right and all you have to do is pop it in the DVD player and hit the play button. Best part is that cartoons and such encode rather well; you can't really spot the quality difference between DVD on a standard def TV.
 
2013-01-10 09:16:01 AM  
still have mine that my parents got me when I moved out 13 years ago. still hooked up and still use it.
 
2013-01-10 09:16:16 AM  

whereisian: 119 million people live in homes with four or more televisions

That's nuttier than the VCR thing. Most people I know have one, some have two, can only think of one person with more than that.


Most people had working TVs before HD flatscreens got cheap and someone got a wild hair up their ass on black friday two years in a row. CRTs aren't easy to get rid of, or they got passed on to kids.

I can't talk, god knows how many farking computers are technically in my house.
 
2013-01-10 09:20:19 AM  

moothemagiccow: Yeah I had my VCRDVD combo up until just recently. Hooked up to the plasma and everything in case I wanted to watch the definitive version of star wars they released by mistake in the 90s


csb
The kids first experience with Star Wars about a year and a half ago was the VHS tapes I got in the early 90's. Was happy to see that it was the version where Han wastes an oblivious Greedo from under the table. Then the cat decided to use the shelf it was on as a litter box.
RIP VHS Star Wars.
RIP Osiris.
/csb
 
2013-01-10 09:21:39 AM  
My dad bought a VCR in 83 or 84. It was a giant, heavy, metal beast and it had a remote with a cord. Eventually it was mine, and I kept that thing until it died around age 20 (and it had lived a pretty hard life, too). then got a new one. It was hard to find one that wasn't a VCR/DVD combo, but I did and I still have it.
 
2013-01-10 09:25:45 AM  
I bought a compact little TV with a builtin DVD player maybe six or seven years ago for my office.  It's rarely ever gotten any use; I quickly found that, if I'm doing anything at all on the computer, I can't have a movie on, it's just irritating.  So it gathers dust.

The point is that this kind of technology--very small color TV with digital video playback built right in--came along about 20 years after VCR technology, and yet it's almost as obsolete.  Who wants to watch a movie on a cathode ray TV?
 
2013-01-10 09:27:59 AM  
I've got boxes of poorly-labeled tapes. My plan was to digitize them in batches, quick-scan through them, clip the stuff of sentimental or historical interest, and discard the rest -- but the last working VCR died before I got started. Any advice on a good workhorse VCR player for a task like this, given that the store shelves are no longer full of them?

/recovering hoarder
//doesn't count if it all fits on one drive
///okay, a few drives
////plus backups
 
2013-01-10 09:28:02 AM  
We still have a VCR/DVD combo my wife uses to convert her mom's home movies to DVD. (God there are a ton of those).

After that, it's probably smashy smashy time.
 
2013-01-10 09:28:17 AM  

gund goat: nekom: We stayed at a vacation property last year and they had a VCR and a few tapes in one of the bedrooms.  I felt like a damned archaeologist.

Just don't watch the one weird tape with the spinning chair and the well.

www.imagehustler.com
 
2013-01-10 09:29:35 AM  
THere's a VHS/DVD player sitting in a box in my basement somewhere. We still have it because my wife refuses to part with her childhood collection of Disney tapes that she doesn't watch.
 
2013-01-10 09:31:51 AM  

whereisian: 119 million people live in homes with four or more televisions

That's nuttier than the VCR thing. Most people I know have one, some have two, can only think of one person with more than that.


Living room, family room, media room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, garage, basement, atrium, foyer, sitting room, drawing room, library, study...

/Yes, I do live at Downton Abbey.
 
2013-01-10 09:36:37 AM  

cgraves67: THere's a VHS/DVD player sitting in a box in my basement somewhere. We still have it because my wife refuses to part with her childhood collection of Disney tapes that she doesn't watch.


Keep them, because Disney will probably PC them up a little when they come back around for a re-release, and it is nice to have originals.
 
2013-01-10 09:38:17 AM  
Do any of you rich bastards think my VHS porn collection will magically get on DVD for free?
 
2013-01-10 09:40:32 AM  

jfarkinB: I've got boxes of poorly-labeled tapes. My plan was to digitize them in batches, quick-scan through them, clip the stuff of sentimental or historical interest, and discard the rest -- but the last working VCR died before I got started. Any advice on a good workhorse VCR player for a task like this, given that the store shelves are no longer full of them?

/recovering hoarder
//doesn't count if it all fits on one drive
///okay, a few drives
////plus backups


If you want to get something old and workable, NEC and JVC both made absolutely indestructible VCRs. NEC in particular is one that I recommend; I've come across NEC VCRs in thrift stores, and invariably they work, and work well, at least for playback. Most NECs don't have Macrovision circuits either, which only complicate things.

For newer stuff, it's kind of a crapshoot. You're better off buying something "professional" rather than consumer, since consumer-grade VCRs started being made with entirely too much plastic, even pieces that really really really should've been metal. To that end I (again) recommend JVC, since their professional grade stuff is quite affordable and well made. To save time sorting through things, try and find an SVHS VCR. 9 times out of 10 you'll be looking at the "professional" model, since SVHS had very little penetration into the consumer market. You'll also get S-Video outputs out of the whole deal, and possibly Component to boot, which can only make things look better.

If you want an all-in-one I can't really point to a specific brand. The only thing I can provide is a warning: a lot of brands do this retarded thing where they write an irregular header to the beginning of the DVD when you start recording on it, specifically to make it unreadable in PCs. You can still pull the information off using the right software, but you can't just pop it in your computer and watch with WMP or something. If you're looking at a specific brand, check the reviews and see if people report being able to read the DVDs in their computers. If not... avoid.
 
2013-01-10 09:43:41 AM  
I think we probably have a VCR in a box somewhere. Haven't hooked it up since at least the last two moves.
 
2013-01-10 09:49:18 AM  
I still have one. The main reason is because I taped most of the "Night Flight" shows from the USA network. The original four hour program had great videos.
 
2013-01-10 09:50:14 AM  
I still use my VCR. Plus tape heads are easy to maintain and tape is more robust and resilient than disc. Some things aren't available on disc (and sometimes even the internet doesn't have them) anyway.
 
2013-01-10 09:51:02 AM  
I have one on a shelf somewhere. I'll keep it until I get around to having the home movies transferred to DVD. I've replaced all the commercial titles that I wanted to keep.
 
2013-01-10 09:52:51 AM  
I have one to watch horrible movies that aren't available on DVD. I also have an 8-track player and a reel-to-reel. What of it?
 
2013-01-10 09:53:48 AM  
How many people still listen to audio cassette tapes?
 
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