It Was 35 Years Ago Today That The Studios Saw Their Worst Nightmare Hit the Market–And They Ended Up Making Billions of Dollars Because of It

Jun 7, 2010  •  Post A Comment

It was 35-years ago today–back in 1975– that consumer video cassette recorders hit the market, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  "At its peak, some nine-out- of-10 households across the country had a VCR," according to the site.

If you aren’t familiar with the legal history of the VCR, you should take a few minutes to check it out. It’s fascinating. Universal sued Sony, maker of the Betamax VCR for copyright infringement, and had won its case at the appeals court level.

Thus the battle went to the U.S. Supreme Court. A good Wikipedia entry tells how the court was all set to affirm the appeals court and how the case got turned around. And here’sa link to the decision itself, which is well worth reading if you have any connection or interest in entertainment content.

And, of course, as it turned out, by losing the case the studios have made billions of dollars in the selling of movies and TV shows in the home entertainment marketplace.


  1. The new Zune browser is surprisingly good, but not as good as the iPod’s. It works well, but isn’t as fast as Safari, and has a clunkier interface. If you occasionally plan on using the web browser that’s not an issue, but if you’re planning to browse the web alot from your PMP then the iPod’s larger screen and better browser may be important.

  2. really nice, thanks!

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