Why you should buy Sony Super Betamax intead of VHS


This promo tape was meant to convince consumers in the mid-eighties that if they wanted really good image fidelity they shouldn’t buy VHS, but should instead purchase a Betamax. The entire video is just a series of split screen images showing how much more the VHS picture quality degrades. I don’t think anyone would argue that Betamax had higher picture quality, but I think my 1985, when this video was released, most people had already chosen VHS.

For more information about the history of the VCR, check out the Retroist VCR Podcast.


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2 thoughts on “Why you should buy Sony Super Betamax intead of VHS

  1. Wizard of Odyssey says:

    Both look unacceptably blurry and grainy! My advice: just wait 30 years for technology to improve.

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