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  1. VHS is not as bad as most people think with a high end JVC or Panansonic that has noise reduction can make the picture look as good as satellite dish. But most people realy do not know about these high end vcr's they just go to best buy. I like VHS I can still find thing that are not on DVD yet like old cartoon's from the 80's. I'm remster JEM for my sister for her birthday and I just bought some Mighty Orbots that im remster for my self. So as long as thing I like are not on DVD I'm keep my VCR's to find thing I like that I can remster thing for my self to DVD,
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    First I got a DVD player a few years ago. Then about 18 months ago I got a TiVo. I haven't touched the VCR hooked up to my TV since then. I'm in the process of converting my tape library to DVD (using a different VCR), but other than that, VHS is dead to me. If I ever feel the need to make permanent recordings of TV content I'll get a DVD recorder or a DVD-R/TiVo combo unit. But really, there isn't much on that's worth keeping, and when there is I'll often go out and buy the DVD version anyway.
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    I still buy them every week, mostly to record shows not available to my friends without DVD players (a fairly large number). Normally I just DL the episodes I want from newsgroups I frequent and burn them to DVD. Will be looking to buy a DVD standalone in the near future. There are still way too many films I have in my prerecord collection that aren't out or coming out on DVD: tons of old Disney films (Dr. Syn, Tonka, Gnomemobile, Follow Me Boys), old comedies (Last American Virgin, Eating Raoul, Gods Must Be Crazy...to name a few), etc. Those will go the convert to DVD and then sell the prerecords route. In it's day, VHS (and Beta) were tops. A lot of people take things like anime for granted NOW but at one time in the 70s and 80s, having a VHS deck and getting stuff from Japan was the cat's a$$. Later, having LD was king. Just think, no VHS... no anime fandom... no anime on TV today (at least on US and UK airwaves). Simple, no?
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    I laugh at one of my friends who still thinks that DVDs are just a fad and will never catch on like VHS. Gee, go into a store like Best Buy and there is only 1 shelf of VHS and 8 of DVDs; go to a video rental store and most of the tapes are there because they haven't been released on DVD or are on clearance sale; see a movie release to video and it is only on DVD most of the time.
    Many people think back to the time when LDs were introduced and failed because the technology was too expensive and the movie still had to be played in linear fashion like a tape. With DVDs movie studios and electronic manufacturers made sure that these mistakes were not repeated and made sure this time that the home video workhorse until then, VHS, was phased out for sure.
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    Half and half..
    I got a biiig box of VHS tapes that have lots of good stuff on, just haven't the time to take them out and check where it is, and which can be re-used (still no PVR or DVDR). Fancy getting a TV capture card sometime to convert all the worthwhile programs to VCD or something, but for now, the tapes still play so happy enough leaving them as they are. There's still use for the format and it will probably take a long time to die. Certainly won't be getting rid of the deck until the following conditions are satisfied

    a) Get a Sky+ box or similar PVR (recently introduced to it, and it's a wonderful thing)
    b) ALL the things I want to watch are available on DVD. Still contemplating a trip to a backstreets "video archive" store I spotted that's likely 3% DVD, 7% LD, 10% Beta and 80% VHS... should be some good treasure there.
    c) The aforementioned conversion has taken place, and I can ditch the tapes and shift to using PVR/direct PC capture to record instead.

    At the end of the day, apart from the PVRs, you can't beat the convenience of dropping in a tape and pressing "record" really. And as others have mentioned, they may be bulky and susceptible to magnetism, but apart from that they're far more rugged than DVDs and can be used in places or situations where a sturdy, moderate quality medium is a better choice than a supposedly-sturdy actually-fragile, high quality one.

    I still see plenty of new films being released on VHS in local stores, now a fair bit cheaper than the equivalent DVD. If all you want to do is watch the film/TV show without bothering about best quality or features - and don't have broadband - it's a good money saver. And of course, ALL the kid's shows come on it

    Now, excuse me, my brother took ownership of his first car a few days ago, and needs some tunes for the road. I need to go help troubleshoot a little bug in the recording system I set up... a line-out cable from winamp on his PC, to an ancient (mono!) tape recorder I managed to dig out of a dusty cupboard... herein we can see the danger of assuming a format to be prematurely dead. Tape is still bizarrely alive and kicking, but as we failed to replace any other tape machines that died, we're currently a little screwed for making any decent quality car mixes until a stopgap kiddie hi-fi that's cheaper than a CD playing car stereo can be bought

    ...maybe i'll just loan him my discman and busted-up car adaptor instead... probably sound better...

    == imagining a VHS dvd-adaptor unit... retro cool... ==
    -= She sez there's ants in the carpet, dirty little monsters! =-
    Back after a long time away, mainly because I now need to start making up vidcapped DVDRs for work and I haven't a clue where to start any more!
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    Just about all pre-recorded VHS movies are now gone and nearly all of my collection is now DVD.

    I only got a handful of VHS left. The "Star Wars Trilogy" are still on VHS and I have to wait until 2006 for the DVDs.
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    Originally Posted by Bullworth
    There is only 1 shelf of VHS and 8 of DVDs
    This is what is happening at my local video rental store and the VHS is disappearing fast.

    The ex-rental VHS tapes are selling a dollar each and going. Looks as though VHS is good for TV time shifting for now.
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    Originally Posted by Craig Tucker
    I can't remember the last time I watched a VHS tape.
    I remember playing a 2nd hand VHS tape of Star Wars, "Empire Strikes Back" and this was the last time I played a pre-recorded feature movie.

    This was weeks ago and due to the fact I can't get the DVD version of the movie. George Lucas, get the Star Wars trilogy on DVD asap and don't wait until 2006.

    Anyway, I only got around 40 titles on VHS and the rest of my movie collection is DVD. I have something like 400 on DVD.
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  9. I stopped waiting for Lucas a long time ago. Got the original trilogy Star Wars and the Special Editions on LD. I've already converted them to DVD.

    I've already converted all of my important VHS to DVD, so really, I have very little on VHS.
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  10. I have already converted all my VHS tapes that are not available on DVD to DVDR with my Panasonic E50 recorder. Now I have some 300 VHS tapes to get rid of.
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    Originally Posted by andkiich
    Got the original trilogy Star Wars and the Special Editions on LD.
    I got one copy of Star Wars on LD and it is very clear in picture and sound. It is very much better than on VHS.

    Anyway, the LD collection is outdated and I have a box full of LD movies going out the door very soon.

    Anyone in Sydney Australia, as I doubt anyone would want it to get a free delivery of a box full of LD movies with the LD player all absolutely free.

    At least one LD title is no longer available worldwide such as Sharon Stone's Sliver. The oldest title is 10-11 years old and mostly they are as NTSC.

    The pawnshops don't want them and any 2nd hand store doesn’t want them either. I am willingly want give to all away for free.

    Otherwise they will go to charity.
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