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    http://money.cnn.com/2016/07/22/tech...vcr-funai-last
    R.I.P.: The world's last VCR will be manufactured this month
    July 22, 2016: 8:46 AM ET

    R.I.P., VCR.

    Japan's Funai Electric, which claims to be the world's last VCR manufacturer, says it will cease production of the machines this month.

    Funai started manufacturing video-cassette recorders in 1983, and at one point was selling 15 million units a year. Alas, the clunky VCR has since been replaced by an array of new technologies: DVDs, Blu-ray, and now, streaming video services.

    Last year, Funai sold 750,000 units, and found it was getting harder to find the parts to make VCRs.

    A Funai spokesperson said that customers have been the company and asking where they can find the last few products.

    VCRs for home use were introduced in the 1960s, gaining traction after Sony brought lower-priced models to market. Other Japanese manufacturers, including Panasonic, RCA, JVC and Toshiba, were also instrumental in developing the VCR.

    The electromechanical device records, stores, and plays back television programs using a magnetic tape cassette.

    In 1984, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that home use of VCRs to record television didn't constitute a violation of copyright law, paving the way for an explosion of the technology in American homes.
    For a time, a battle ensued between Sony's Betamax and JVC's VHS -- both VCR tape formats -- but VHS eventually won out.

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    Re: World's last VCR manufacturer to cease production

    this and that the yahoo messenger software is officially abandonware... it makes me a bit sad, you know

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      Re: World's last VCR manufacturer to cease production

      Luckily I have two Sony VCR's so I should be safe. Considering my age; those older tapes I've recorded of stuff that may never be seen again should still be accessible as long as long as I'm around.

      But if you're younger, have a VCR on it's last legs and also have irreplaceable tapes? It may be time to grab a new VCR before the prices soar on the resale market or get one of those "convert your tapes to DVD's" software or hardware products!

      J. A.
      Currently Watching: Fairy Tail Coll. 4, Freezing, Digimon Frontier, Black Lagoon
      Just Finished: Battle Girls, Sailor Moon R-2, Sabagebu, Infinite Stratos 2
      Current Backlog: 38 Series: 22 Bricks/Lite boxes, 16 BD's/Combos
      Current Collection: 362 Series, plus: 70+ movies, 110+ OVA's, 30+ Singles

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