From the LA times, a reminder to get all those family videos onto disc. I talked my father into buying a Betamax way back when. The tapes were smaller, and the quality was better, but the format didn’t stick. Now it’s VHS’s turn.
After three decades of steady if unspectacular service, the spinning
wheels of the home-entertainment stalwart are slowing to a halt at
retail outlets. On a crisp Friday morning in October, the final
truckload of VHS tapes rolled out of a Palm Harbor, Fla., warehouse run
by Ryan J. Kugler, the last major supplier of the tapes.
“It’s dead, this is it, this is the last Christmas, without a doubt,”
said Kugler, 34, a Burbank businessman. “I was the last one buying VHS
and the last one selling it, and I’m done. Anything left in warehouse
we’ll just give away or throw away.” — Geoff Boucher