[mythtv-users] Cheap SCSI scanners - was:The Bigger... Disk contest, Fall 2007 edition

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Mon Oct 22 23:24:58 UTC 2007

Steve Hodge wrote:
> On 10/23/07, *Yan Seiner* <yan at seiner.com <mailto:yan at seiner.com>> wrote:
>     I've heard the theory that Beta failed because Sony wouldn't license it
>     to the porn industry, so all the porn came out on VHS.  Bingo, VHS got
>     the market.
> That's the popular story but it's not true - porn was available on
> Betamax ( e.g. Playboy released their stuff on both formats). Betamax's
> downfall was due to a combination of factors including cost and
> capacity. Betamax tapes could initially only hold one hour - not enough
> for a movie. This was probably the biggest single factor.

I think an even bigger factor was that VHS was the first to get 4 hours
on a tape, and thus was able to record an entire NFL game.

If you can't get the entire game the WORST part to lose is the finish.

Shades of the infamous "Heidi" fiasco form decades ago.


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