The Original On-Demand Device is Dead

Jul 24, 2016 | Streaming Devices

Remember in the 80’s and 90’s when you watched television on your own time, skipped commercials, and even binged watched your favorite show? Well, the device you did that with is now officially dead. I was surprised to learn the VCR was actually alive. I caught this article – The VCR is officially dead. Yes, it was still alive – in the Washington Post recently.

Not surprisingly, Funai Electronic Co. in Japan is not listing VCR among their products, but until recently it sounds that they were still making them. Who would have thought? They site lack of demand and difficulty acquiring parts as reasons to cease production. They may want to consider a revamp of their product management team.

The whole news story was a big flashback for us. The VCR was trendy and cool in the 80s and 90s – I think we even still had one in the late 90s and very early 2000s before migrating to TiVO and other newer technology. Thinking back to how limiting the technology was at that time, we put together our list of most annoying VCR issues.

  • Setting the Wrong Time to Record: I can remember setting recording times too quickly and glossing over whether I had selected AM or PM or maybe selected an hour earlier or later. Obviously makes a difference in what you’re going to get!
  • Weather-Related Interruption: This is when you’d record your favorite show and sit down to watch only to realize that severe storms came through your area when recording and the whole recording is the weather man updating viewers on the path of the storm.
  • Running Out of Space on Cassette: Ugh! Not keeping track of how much space on the cassette was left was a real bummer.
  • Recording Over Something Else: I remember as a kid putting in the cassette and recording a sporting event only to realize much later that I had recorded over a family vacation. Oops.

Anything stick out to you as you remember using a VCR to capture the early trend of watching TV when you want to?

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