Cue sad music: LaserDisc format officially dead

Pioneer--the last major electronics manufacturer to continue making LD players--has recently cut the lifeline of this antique video format.

Pioneer DVK-900
Say goodbye to the Pioneer hybrid cassette tape-equipped DVK-900. Pioneer

Anyone still own one of these mammoth Laser Disc (LD) players and oversized optical discs at home? (Psst: I do.) Well, it's finally time to say goodbye as Pioneer--the last major electronics manufacturer to continue making LD players--has recently cut the lifeline of this antique video format.

According to Akihabara News, the company is halting production of all LD players. Victims include the versatile LD/DVD/VCD/CD DVL-919, the hybrid cassette tape-equipped DVK-900, and karaoke-oriented DVL-K88.

On a separate note, the manufacturers are not making disc players like they used to nowadays. Mine is still in pretty good working condition after more than 10 years of use. You just need to open it up once in a while to clean the laser lens to keep it going.

(Via Crave Asia)

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