WORLDKINGS - On This Day - May 10, 2021 - Sony introduces the Betamax videocassette recorder in Japan, in 1975

10-05-2021

(Worldkings.org) Sony Corporation is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Kōnan, Minato, Tokyo. Its diversified business includes consumer and professional electronics, gaming, entertainment and financial services.

In 1975, the idea of video recording at home was unheard of to most people. Adverts for the first Betamax video recorder promised ‘an end to the war of the channels’ and ‘the beginning of peace in the family’.

 

 

Sony made the first major attempt at this in 1975 with the LV-1901 console. This unit arrived in America two years before JVC’s Video Home System (VHS) in 1977 and four years before the Philips Video 2000 system (1979).

 

 

The first Betamax VCR ever, Sony Color TV Console LV-1901, was first introduced in Japan, arriving in America on the 10th of May, 1975 with a price tag of $2,495. Betamax offered around 3 hours of recording time with fully automated recording.

According to Science and Media Museum

 


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