VHS Is Dead At 30

Variety.com has a killer write-up on the death of VHS. For those of you that have never looked it up, VHS stands for Vertical Helical Scan and was developed by JVC of Japan. The 30-year-old format beat out Sony’s Betamax format as the consumer choice, changing the way we watched movies at home and hit its peak with the sale of 30 million “The Lion King” cassettes in the US alone. DVDs started fighting for shelf space in 1997 and it was downhill from there. Of course, now there’s the battle for high-definition DVD formats to keep us busy. Place your bets.

VHS, 30, dies of loneliness [variety]