Two things about this video – first the Sony v JVC battle but then the presenter of the video. This is the background:
In 1976 Sony introduced the Betamax video cassette recorder. It catalyzed the “on demand” of today by allowing users to record television shows, and the machine ignited the first “new media” intellectual property battles. In only a decade this revolutionary machine disappeared, beaten by JVS’s version of the cassette recorder.
What he says and some comments below pretty well cover it:
# Betamax lost out because of licensing. The machine was a closed, proprietary system that cost much more to buy licenses for. The VHS system was the first system that allowed manufacturers cheap buy-in on patents and cheap on-going (per device) costs, that maintained the standard.
The engineering? These two machines didn’t define their respective destinies. There were many iterations after these machine that did that. These machines were first-shots of a video format war that was about Sony attempting to lock-out a market (their suggestion that the machine should be the national standard of Japan) and to extract very expensive manufacturing deals.
JVC needed manufacturing capacity, and used FRAND to do that. Within 3 years, Akai, Matsushita, JVC, Sharp, RCA, Rank, were all making machines at full capacity, driving down costs further. So this wasn’t so much an engineering battle. It was a licensing, manufacturing capacity war.
Also – The duplication machines were a factor. The pornography industry in the US saw these machines as a revenue source. Porn distributors wanted to buy Sony Beta, but Sony wouldn’t sell the duplication machines. Panasonic did… If you want to sell lots of something – give it to the porn industry.. Good enough was just that…
# For the consumer, the big deal difference would probably be that you could record whole movies with the VHS. If I were buying a video recorder back in 1983, it would be this factor that would determine which one I would purchase.
Now to this “engineer guy”. There were a few offputting things, from any moniker with “guy” in it, suggesting he’s the sole authority, to the way he plasters himself over the machines, there’s too much intrusion by the presenter for mine.
Similar, IMHO, is The History Guy with his gimmick. Everyone tries to make his or her way, don’t get me wrong, but someone like Mark Felton doesn’t intrude so much, wanting to be the star.
Maybe this sums it up for me:
# I was kind of disappointed you didn’t go into more details about how they work, but still nice to see a new video.
Before you take me apart about these highly opinionated and personalised posts you’re reading now, you chaps and chapesses also give your opinions and so you should – not much use if you don’t lay it out for readers to consider. But you don’t annoy, whereas the history and engineering guys do. Wonder why.
There’s something similar with that Walkin’ Shoes band – a German husband and wife playing US oldies country rock, even pop. Nothing wrong with that in itself, the hubby can play and arrange, the wife is a honey to feast the eyes on and she carries the act, also very well preserved for her age. They do their thang and are good at clubs and festivals wanting ‘good time’ music.
There’s just something though, can’t quite define it and I’m not alone in this – someone suggested that in one song, she’s only pretending to play guitar. Ersatz? Maybe the thing is that it’s all too contrived, controlled, the comments section is switched off, there’s no interaction with fans … you watch and like the piece … or you don’t. End of. Nothing soars nor plummets, there’s nothing raw … it just is. Sure it’s nice, her gyrating, but for how long will that static scene satisfy?
Not important, any of this, compared to world events just now I suppose.