Electronic sound effects Before Netflix, even before DVDs, there was VHS, the chunky video format that ruled home entertainment through much of the 80s and 90s.
Here are our favorite memories of this analog superstar.
If you're having a little trouble with the picture on the TV now, maybe you just need to adjust the tracking on your VCR.
VHS stored info on tape, which could easily be misread by video cassette players if that tape got worn out or stretched.
Which means the tracking would need to be painstakingly adjusted using a little dial before you could get a half-way decent picture.
Thanks to Sony's BETAMAX deck, which hooks up to any TV set.
The most famous format war in history, Sony's BETAMAX tapes couldn't face the might of VHS, which had an early advantage in terms of tape running time and grabbed a stronger hold of the growing movie rental market.
The technological inconvenience that's long since vanished in the digital age, VHS of course has been mechanically wound back to start, before you could watch them again.
If you rented a VHS, re-winding it before giving it back was only polite.
The widespread popularity of VHS and VCRs meant anything that aired on tv could be recorded and watched again, meaning your house would quickly get cluttered with recorded tapes that you probably forgot to label.
VHS also made home movies more popular than ever.
Hey I wanna see those pictures.
Finally perhaps our most powerful VHS memory, the amazing sounds of analog tape tech.
You may want to pop your headphones on for this bit.
Those are our VHS memories.
But what are yours?
Let us know and stay tuned.
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