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Thursday, July 21, 2016

End of an Era

The unthinkable has happened! My childhood memories may be lost forever!

Shock! Horror! Japan have ceased all production of VCRs!

OK, ok, so VHS tapes may have gone out fashion quite a while ago now, but what am I supposed to do with the video of me lying on the kitchen floor, singing When Santa Got Stuck up the Chimney and being rudely interrupted by a sneak crotch attack from a dearly departed family cat? Throw it away?! A horrible thought.

The final VCR will roll out from Funai Electric production lines by the end of the month- they’ve been making this home staple for 33 years. That’s a long time to do be making the same piece of tech.

Even though it's an extremely niche market these days, 750,000 units were sold last year- not bad for a bit of kit that was introduced in the 70s, although a bit of a kicker compared to the 15 million a year that moved at its peak.

Despite me tryng to force recordings of every school play I was in on to anyone nearby, video did not have the same revival that analogue cameras and vinyl have. VHS quality is not something we really want to revisit.

So what now? VCRs are officially dead. Who’s going to create the perfect piece of home technology that I can use to still access, play and maybe even remaster my childhood memories? Is it you? If it is, please do call me on 0800 772 0800; me as Angel Gabriel aged 4 was the stuff of legend and shouldn't be lost!

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