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James Woodcock
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Posted: 27 October 2018 at 3:35pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

The analogy should not be with vinyl but the cassette. & I donít see either coming back.
I still have a few VHS,  but thatís just because they are Star Wars related.
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With 4k Ultra High Definition, I csn now
count the pock marks on Laurence
Fishburne's face. Why would I want to lose
that ability.
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That can be more entertaining than watching some of his movies...
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I moved from a flat in London to a house in Surrey back in 2007 and that was the point that I ditched all my video tapes (my Indy boxset just got thrown away. Blub). 

I think the VHS player may have made the trip but if it did, I don't think it ever got unpacked. It certainly never made it across the Atlantic when I came to Canada -- I couldn't even give it away to the local charity shop. Got junked.

VHS was fun in the 80s, but when DVD arrived in the late 90s it was like a blessing. So many downsides to VHS and not a single upside in comparison to the alternatives we have today.
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Posted: 30 October 2018 at 4:05am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

On a similar note, a friend of mine said he hadn't upgraded to Blu-ray because the upsides when compared to DVD were not as apparent.

The benefits of upgrading from VHS to DVD were clear (better quality, scene selection, extras, the fact that they took up less space, etc.). But persuading someone to upgrade from DVD to Blu-ray isn't as clear-cut, it seems.

Sure, there will be esoteric folk who can tell you the semantics of Blu-ray as compared to DVD, but to the average person, like myself, it doesn't mean much. 
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There is also a common misconception with a lot of people who are reluctant to switch to bluray with them thinking that they will have to replace their dvd collections if they switch. I can't tell you how many people I've had to explain to that any bluray player will play their dvds and that they don't need to replace all their discs to enjoy them. 
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Posted: 30 October 2018 at 8:39pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

If a format was to make a comeback, I would hope got Beta as it was so higher quality. Plus I still have a Beta copy of the original Star Wars in a box that I just can't bring myself to throw in the trash.
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The gain in going from DVD to blu-ray is a matter of case-by-case. With some things there isn't much difference; with others the improvement is spectacular. A lot depends on the source (and with anything made on videotape, like a lot of old TV shows, DVD gives probably as good results as you'll ever get).
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People like stuff that's cheap, portable, and easy to store. Quality, overall, isn't that important, but can be a factor. 

This is why cassettes became more popular than vinyl and 8-track (though both are arguably superior formats). Can't drive around with albums, and they take up a LOT of space. And 8-tracks still take up a lot more room than cassettes. 

I love CD's, but why buy one and carry it around when you can download (or stream) songs into your phone and take that music with you -- and be able to play it --- anywhere? Sure, it doesn't sound as good, but when listening thru tiny headphones or really tiny speakers, who cares?

Same was true for video tapes. Beta was, by many accounts, the superior format, but you could record more stuff onto one VHS tape. So, it won the format war. 

DVD was a definite upgrade from VHS. But there were those Laser Disc hardheads that swore that format was better than DVD. And, maybe it was. But they were also the size of vinyl albums. See above.  

I can see the difference in Blu-Ray over DVD in pretty much every release that I've seen on both formats, in video more than audio, but there are noticeable improvements there, too. And that audio/video level is superior to anything I've seen or heard when streaming in Hi-Def (which is seems to sit somewhere between DVD and Blu-Ray quality to me). But...streaming is easy (mostly?), and takes up only as much space as the machines you're using. And, relatively speaking, inexpensive. When you're watching (and hearing) a movie on your phone, does it have to be incredible?

(All that said, I haven't upgraded to 4K, yet. I just don't know that there's that much a difference over Blu-Ray. So, maybe I'm part of the problem.)

VHS fails to bring outstanding quality, value, or easy storage to the table, so, it doesn't seem to be due for the kind of resurgence as we've seen, for example, in the interest in vinyl (which some will maintain is simply the BEST platform for music enjoyment).




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To be honest, the only reason I upgraded to Blu-ray was due to extras. For instance, WWE Blu-rays usually have at least several matches not found on DVDs. Almost every WWE Blu-ray release has Blu-ray exclusive extras.
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"Beta was, by many accounts, the superior format, but you could record more stuff onto one VHS tape. So, it won the format war."

And porn availability.
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True. Porn seems to advance a lot of video technology. Streaming, for example. 

Though, the phrase "streaming porn" still elicits unfortunate images in my mind. 
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Every time I read this thread title, I laugh a little thinking would someone ever ask if the phonograph would make a comeback?  The answer should be self-evident. 
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Haha yeah Matt .

I really miss the days of incorrect aspect ratio, unstable picture and shit colours 
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I actually own two phonographs! 
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