Welcome to this video essay about the “format war” between VHS and Betamax, a fascinating battle that took place in the late 1970s and early 1980s, which shaped the future of home video. In this video, Phil Edwards explores the differences between these two formats, the strategies employed by their respective manufacturers, and how VHS ultimately emerged as the victor. Along the way, he’ll also examine the impact of this format war on the home video industry and the way we consume media today. So sit back, relax, and join us as we dive into the history of the VHS vs Betamax format war.
Or to put it in another way: Be kind, rewind, and destroy your Betamax enemies.
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