Rest in Peace: VHS


The end of an era. That’s exactly what we’re marking as the Anime News Network is reporting that the Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei revealed on Thursday of last week that Funai Electric Company, Japan’s last manufacturer of VHS video cassette tape recorders, will end production on the recorders this month. VHS was 40.

According to Nikkei, the company is halting production due to a declining market and difficulty in obtaining the supply of parts. Funai had manufactured the units in factories in China and sold units under the Sanyo brand, among others, in North America.

We here at Dread Central would like to offer our sincerest of condolences to the many fans and friends our dearly departed friend has brought together over the last several decades. VHS is survived by its cousins DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, UHD Blu-ray, and Digital Download. HD DVD couldn’t be reached for comment.

Rest in peace! May you forever adjust the tracking at the pearly gates.

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