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    Default Reminiscing about the old Video days.

    Streaming Netflix, Stan etc etc is definitely convenient, but i kinda miss those days when you could go to your local Blockbuster and rent out a Video.
    If your under 18 you probably can't relate but I enjoyed it.

    Looking through all those isles for a movie was a big thing for me & the kids. Used to go most Friday Nights and grab a pizza on the way home.

    The staff always knew their movies and recommended the ones to watch. You always enjoyed the movie knowing you had to return it in 24/36 hours.. lol
    Late fee's were a mongrel.

    Kids today will never know that feeling of driving all the way there for One movie to find it's out of stock.. LOL

    There were times you were just overwhelmed about which movie to watch that you ended up picking the same movie for the 10th time...lol

    because of covid isolation you start to remember all those great times including the record stores.

    And don't forget to rewind.

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    Consider how long it too you to get your photos developed?
    Wait for you roll of film to be used and then send it away to be developed and waiting a week to get it back.
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    Hehe..arrh, yes the old photo development days.. I was never good at taken photo's, always missing half the scene that I wanted to snap. but you couldn't tell till they were developed and paid for. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnno View Post

    Looking through all those web page torrent listings for a movie was a big thing for me & the kids. Used to go most Friday Nights and grab a pizza on the way home.
    Fixed that for you M8...............as it is in todays family movie night

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    Late fees...bum tapes...unstable VHS machines with cord remotes (remember them?)...

    Still, they were a godsend for shift workers like me....actually being able to WATCH something after midnight.
    The fact that there's a highway to hell and a stairway to heaven says a lot about the anticipated traffic flow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpha0ne View Post
    Fixed that for you M8...............as it is in todays family movie night
    LOL. Were you the one always sneaking off into the XXX section of the video store.. naughty boy

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    VHS good riddance.

    PITA to fix because back then everybody smoked and that stuffed up all the rubber rollers and mechanics that were hard to replace.
    Even though I smoked myself some machines were so disgusting with the tar everywhere and the display completely fogged up.
    I don't know why amps and TVs didn't attract the smokers gunk that much as VHS machines.

    There was a time very early on when I went to video rentals but recording tapes and building boxes to bypass the copy block signals was more my thing.

    So happy when SAT TV became available late 80's in Europe. This was analog although the decrypting was digitally done so that was actually my first valuable experience using MCUs for the purpose to watch the British Sky network and some awesome Scandinavian channels that showed English/US shows and films in original audio. Of course for X-rated, English audio was irrelevant.
    This went on all the way through the 90's until I went back to rentals when the first DVDs came out.
    Then the copy craze continued
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Fester View Post
    VHS good riddance.

    PITA to fix because back then everybody smoked and that stuffed up all the rubber rollers and mechanics that were hard to replace.
    Even though I smoked myself some machines were so disgusting with the tar everywhere and the display completely fogged up.
    I don't know why amps and TVs didn't attract the smokers gunk that much as VHS machines.

    There was a time very early on when I went to video rentals but recording tapes and building boxes to bypass the copy block signals was more my thing.

    So happy when SAT TV became available late 80's in Europe. This was analog although the decrypting was digitally done so that was actually my first valuable experience using MCUs for the purpose to watch the British Sky network and some awesome Scandinavian channels that showed English/US shows and films in original audio. Of course for X-rated, English audio was irrelevant.
    This went on all the way through the 90's until I went back to rentals when the first DVDs came out.
    Then the copy craze continued
    Pretty much the same Fester.....I remember the first primitive dubbing kit I had for VHS transfer......what a joke...
    The fact that there's a highway to hell and a stairway to heaven says a lot about the anticipated traffic flow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trash View Post
    Consider how long it too you to get your photos developed?
    Wait for you roll of film to be used and then send it away to be developed and waiting a week to get it back.
    Then came the Polaroid camera... you then only had to wait 90 seconds to find your photos didn't come out.

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    It was a shame VHS won the 'tape war' as Betamax was the superior format.

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    Definitely Betamax were a superior format than VHS.. The power of marketing back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtv View Post
    It was a shame VHS won the 'tape war' as Betamax was the superior format.
    Yes. I have a couple of massive late 1970s Sony betamax VCRs in my garage. Both worked the last time I powered the on - about 20 years ago. The mechanism is inherently more simple and less prone to failure. Gotta love the high tech remote controls that are about the size of a small paperback book!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnno View Post
    Used to go most Friday Nights and grab a pizza on the way home.:
    I wonder how much the demise of the video shop has hurt the takeaway pizza businesses?

    I remember getting a popular DVD home, only to find that someone had scratched it and it wouldn’t play. Veerry annoying.

    I also recall an aquaintance carefully cutting the seals on a couple of rented videos and swapping the tape reels between a hard core porno and a kids movie, then returning them. It seemed funny at age 19, but probably caused someone much distress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shred View Post
    Yes. I have a couple of massive late 1970s Sony betamax VCRs in my garage.
    Yep, Sony versus JVC back then and JVC won because of the sleekness of their models compared to the bulky Betamax..

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    My first VCR was a portable Betamax that had no power supply but I could fit a battery and keep it charged with a DIY charger and could run it like that.

    2 years later when I did have a VHS, I would still only rent x-rated in Betamax because the details showed up better on Beta.
    With normal movies I didn't care back then and the blockbusters where soon only available in VHS but the rental stores still hung onto the Beta x-rated stuff for quite a while longer.
    This led to the consensus (in Germany) that if you were still using Beta you were a porn nutter
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Fester View Post
    I don't know why amps and TVs didn't attract the smokers gunk that much as VHS machines.
    Probably due to the handling of grubby cassettes being inserted frequently.

    Not to mention bits of toast and anything else little kids would put in the 'letter box'.

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    I still have a few brand new in box late model Panasonic VHS machines.

    I also have some professional VHS duplication decks and a few professional-format tape machines BVU (high-band U-Matic), Betacam SP and DVCam.

    Worth a fortune in their day as state of the art broadcast TV station gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shred View Post
    I wonder how much the demise of the video shop has hurt the takeaway pizza businesses?
    I don't really think that much at all, How many Kids under 30 know how to cook a hearty meal.. Very little I reckon.. They all buy takeaway.
    A young couple I know just spent $65 on breakfast using uber delivery. No wonder they're always broke. LOL The last time I had pizza was (hang 5 let me ask the missus) January 2020.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtv View Post
    I still have a few brand new in box late model Panasonic VHS machines.
    I recall the earlier models were called 'National Panasonic'. I had one and it cost me $1600.. I don't recall when the change of name happened to Panasonic.. I can't remember.

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    I had Back to the Future 1,2,&3 recorded back to back on one tape with NO credits in between. I miss those days. NOT!
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