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The Media Format Graveyard

I went out to look for a VHS copy of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”. She’s teaching grade 8 Human Geography this year. Not simple. We already own a copy in DVD format but my wife’s school only has a VHS player. I think it would be easier just to buy the school a DVD player! Anyway, all the stores I checked no longer carry VHS. I will have to try online.
Remember all the other old formats that quietly went mostly extinct? Cassette tapes, reel to reel, vinyl records, 8-Tracks, Beta, VHS, and more.
Variety published this obituary for VHS.
So what are you plans to experiment with the new formats as we prepare for the death of DVD’s and CD-Rom? Several libraries are already doing some innovative stuff with streaming media.

Posted on: November 24, 2006, 8:00 am Category: Uncategorized

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  1. I saw similar reports of the VHS being removed from stores. There’s also an interesting site called the “Lost Format Preservation Society”. It’s amazing how many failed formats there are. One of the problems with DRM and other lockin.