Having been introduced in the early 1970’s, the world has seen the decline in popularity of the VCR, or videocassette recorder through the years.
This is the result of having been superseded in terms of quality by other means of digital storage, such as DVDs. From a massive 15 million units sold annually in its early days, it has dwindled to a mere 750,000 units as of 2015.
The main manufacturer of VCRs in Japan for the last 3 decades is Funai Electric, and recently has been doing so for Sanyo in China. Due to this decline in popularity, it has been decided that the last videocassette recorder will be manufactured at the end of the month.
This was also announced by Nikkei, a popular Japanese newspaper.
The decision is just one of the many actions as a result of the declining popularity of videocassette recorders, earlier ones include the phasing out of UK-based store Dixon’s VCR catalogue 12 years back due to the rising popularity of DVD. Sony has also pulled the plug on Betamax video cassettes last year.
According to analysts, while other analog storage devices, like Vinyl Recorders are experiencing a ”Renaissance”, due to the “warmth” of the playback quality, the same thing might not be experienced by VCR formats, as the video quality might not be something a lot of people are happy with going back to.
A small Niche Market, however, who may use VHS for purposes of archiving, would not appreciate its loss.