Poll – What was your first? Beta, VHS, other?

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by cgw, Mar 23, 2021.

  1. cgw

    cgw Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Upstate NY
    Which did you get first?

    When did you get it?

    Do you still have a player and media?
  2. cgw

    cgw Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Upstate NY
    I went Beta. It had to be 1983-84, my first year working after school.
    I have a Beta and VHS player up in the attic (in case I need to watch the wedding video).
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  3. OnTheRoad

    OnTheRoad self identified, evolved misanthropic narcissist

    Never had a VCR in the day, got my first DVD player in 2003 after having acquired a handful of DVD discs. Then as I started seeing all these old VHS tapes at Goodwill for 49 cents each, I got a really decent VCR for $3.99 (2014) and collected about 100 VHS's then got rid of all the tape stuff and player. I still have a couple of DVD players and a blueray too and about 600-700 DVDS.

    I love discs and care nothing about streaming and all that goes with it. I'd rather seek out discs, many of the shows and movies which I don't believe would be available online anyway. I can't say I like having most everything at your fingertips....it cheapens the experience IMO.
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  4. Andy Smith

    Andy Smith You fill up my senses, Like a gallon of Magnet..

    A Betamax machine. Loved it. At that time there was plenty of choice at the many videotape rental shops. All faded in the space of 2 years.
    Still have a video player. It's (VHS) Sony.
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  5. andy749

    andy749 Senior Member

    VHS - bought an old Lugosi flick, The Human Monster before I even owned a VCR. Was really surprised to see it in a budget rack. It's a fave. 1985ish.
  6. maclen

    maclen Forum Resident

    Betamax. I know I had it in 1980. I taped a lot of concerts and music related shows. I still have most of my tapes and still have my player. Just this past weekend I was cleaning out things and found a still sealed blank beta tape. I should plug the player in and take a trip down memory lane.
  7. Ray Blend

    Ray Blend floorstander

    The Midwest

    Uglier than I remember.
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  8. Warzawa

    Warzawa The Starman

    VHS for me never had Beta
  9. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits, Abbie & Mitzi: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    My family got our first VHS VCR in early 1983. What a revelation!

    Never had Beta. I went LD in 1991, DVD in 1998, BD in 2009 and 4K in 2017.

    I still have a VCR and plenty of tapes!
  10. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida

    I’m fairly certain it was 1980. Ah, the great scenes I watched on that thing. Rewind and play buttons got a heavy workout... :winkgrin:
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  11. Yawndave

    Yawndave Forum Resident

    Santa Clara CA
    VHS -- My first unit was a portable recorder with a camera that I lugged around to various events--even took it to NYC and dragged it around for a week. After awhile I got tired of carrying it and had the realization that I was experiencing things through a tiny viewfinder. I ended up selling it off to a friend, who came to same realization after about a month and became rather resentful that I had unloaded it on him.
  12. StillFlying

    StillFlying Forum Resident

    VHS - circa 1985. I want to say it was an RCA model. It was a top-loader. I was 10 or 11 years old, and I definitely took to it more than anyone else in the family. In my young eyes, it was just about the greatest thing ever. I still have most of the tapes I have collected and compiled over the years. Sadly, I've had 2 VCRs die on me in the past year. That includes one that I had used frequently for 20+ years:cry:
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  13. Hanglow

    Hanglow Forum Resident

    Saratoga New York

    What was the problem?.....you were hip,man!....walking around NYC with this getup? .....they'd spot you a mile away :biglaugh::biglaugh:
  14. Hanglow

    Hanglow Forum Resident

    Saratoga New York
    I didn't see an "other" box.........my "first"time? :rolleyes: there was no VHS or Beta....I remember recording part of a Star Trek TOS episode with this......would that count?[​IMG]
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  15. nosticker

    nosticker Forum Guy

    Ringwood, NJ
    I actually remember the date- 5/1/1978 and it was a Sanyo Betacord, top-loading, with a rare-at-the-time built-in timer. We held off adding VHS as long as we could and got one in 1982, a Sharp, which ironically had a dull picture and visible head switching way up into active video. Shortly thereafter, we got one of the first-ever camcorders, the Sony Betamovie and Beta Hi Fi VCR, with a VHS Hi Fi right after that. LD followed in 1988 along with 8mm video. I'll quit while I'm ahead.

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  16. Yawndave

    Yawndave Forum Resident

    Santa Clara CA
    Ha! I was much cooler than that...I had the recorder unit in a backpack! And as far as being spotted a mile away, there was one incident when I was filming while walking in Times Square and someone took exception to being on camera as I passed by. He shouted some choice obscenities at me and gave me a good shove and I hurried on my way. I guess I'm lucky it didn't escalate into something more serious.
  17. Alan G.

    Alan G. Forum Resident

    NW Montana
    1981, a Quasar VHS machine with a heavy spring-loaded door on the top. Wham! $650 and I had to drive to get it. At the time, blank tapes were $20. My first VHS film was “King Kong”; $60. My first rental, “10”, was $10/night!

    That was livin’!
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  18. Electric Warrior

    Electric Warrior Forum Resident

    I grew up with Video 2000.
  19. jbmcb

    jbmcb Forum Resident

    Troy, MI, USA
    Really funky Fischer VHS deck, probably mid-80s. The front control panel popped off and became the remote control. You had to manually tune the channels using a bunch of knobs and dials on the top of the unit. Then, in front, there was a transparent strip you would pull out and place see-through numbers, and a series of lights would shine through the numbers to let you know what channel you were on. The tape-inserted indicator was physical - where you loaded the tape a flap would come up with a picture of a tape letting you know there was one in there. The only digital display was a vacuum-fluorescent clock. It broke a long time ago, but it's so weird I kept it.

    For a long time we only used it to tape stuff. PBS would play Dr. Who at 12:00 at night, so I'd record it and watch it the following day. My mom would tape figure skating. Every once and a while we'd get free premium cable channels, so I'd record a few movies. That's how I got Caddyshack, Aliens, and Weird Science. The first pre-recorded tape I bought was The Hunt for Red October.
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  20. Wigru

    Wigru Forum Resident

    Video 2000 also
  21. LeBon Bush

    LeBon Bush Hound of Love


    Running these values through an inflation calculator, I now start to get why my family never cease to shake their heads in disbelief when I tell them how cheap DVDs and BluRays have become these days...

    Referring to the OP, my first format was VHS - I wore out mom's tapes of "Yellow Submarine" and "Seven Years In Tibet" and used to record formula 1 races and children's shows off the air :) also, shortly after I was born, we got a PC with a DVD drive. That was SO cool back then! A few years after that, around 2002 or 2003, it was my sister who initiated the family's switch to DVD for good, indirectly kicking off a collecting habit of mine that lasts to this day.
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  22. mmars982

    mmars982 Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    I had a beta player, and at one time I had a huge collection of beta tapes after all the video rental places sold them off cheap since everyone else had VHS. I still say beta was better
  23. musicfan37

    musicfan37 Senior Member

    We had our wedding video converted to DVD. :)
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  24. ssmith3046

    ssmith3046 Forum Resident

    Arizona desert
    VHS the size of a suitcase for something like $1200 when they first hit the market. I think it was Curtis Mathis.
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  25. Rigoberto

    Rigoberto Forum Resident

    Around 1979.. my first tape was probably '10' for $59.95 and then Clockwork Orange $75. I wish I'd kept those. They came in large display boxes. First Beta VCR was Sony 5400. Came up missing after a move, but they didn't get the wired remote. I still had it years later but now it's gone too.
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