Live from CES 1981: The format wars heat up

Format wars are nothing new, here's a "live" report from the CES show floor from 1981!

Forget Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD, thanks to YouTube you can check out what the experts at the Consumer Electronics Show were saying about the original video format war, Beta vs VHS tape, way back in 1981. Oh, and there's a tantalizing glimpse of the "future," RCA's new video format, the SelectaVision VideoDisc. (Full video after the jump.)

Everybody has great hair and I loved the part where a Sony spokesman confidently stated Beta was making a "strong comeback."

About the author

Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg has also worked as a high-end audio salesman, and as a record producer. Steve currently reviews audio products for CNET and works as a freelance writer for Home Theater, Inner Fidelity, Tone Audio, and Stereophile.

 

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