Re: [Videolib] VHS format
Sun, 17 Sep 2006 16:36:05 -0400

I actually meant it in LEGAL terms in that there is no reason
for calling it "obsolete" as a justification for being able to dub
a VHS to DVD or other format in the Copyright section which gives
libraries some ability to preserve material which is damaged and can not
be replaced. There is in fact a specific defination but I can't look it
up at home right now but it has to do with the idea that there is basically
no equipment available on which to play the dying format. So while one
can certainly claim that old Beta format tape may be an obsolete format
I think it will a long time before you wont have equipment on which to
play a VHS

As a practical matter it is very inconvenient but not dead format
Kino probably has at least 100 titles in VHS only. Our choices are
to keep them around in VHS or discontinue them completely because
we could not possibly justify the cost of making them available on DVD
We choose to keep them in print which is in fact somewhat unusual for
feature films. I think libaries should ALWAYS keep VHS copies of anything
they do not currently have in DVD as there are a LOT of titles that may
never make dvd


> Jessica, I'm very intrigued with your comment that VHS is not an obsolete
> format and won't be for a long time. What's your evidence for/experience
> with
> this? Who is still using VHS? I recently (June '06) converted all 16 of my
> Women in Nontraditional Careers titles from VHS to DVD and am continuing to
> make the VHS format available (might as well, at least until my inventory is
> gone, was my original thinking). It's only been three months, but so far,
> given the choice, not one single customer has chosen VHS over DVD. Not one.
> I
> do still sell some VHS of my Women's History, Literature, & Art series that
> are still available only in VHS. I'm curious if you meant that preexisting
> VHS dubs will continue to be used until they wear out or that titles that
> are
> available only in VHS will still sell to reluctant customers who would
> really
> rather buy DVD if it were available or if you still see people who prefer
> (and, if so, what their rationale is). Thanks for any insight and I'd love
> to hear from others on the list about this issue, too.
> Jocelyn Riley

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