[Videolib] Re: Demise of VHS

deg farrelly (deg.farrelly@asu.edu)
Wed, 22 Nov 2006 18:17:23 -0700


I totally agree and have been saying so myself for the past 5 years...

The video iPod, video on cell phones, and cheaper and cheaper solid state
(look at how the price of USB thumb drives has dropped in the past year +)
all predict another model.

We are currently looking at Films Media Group's (Films for the Humanities)
Video on Demand for a statewide consortial license to the entire collection
(still very much in discussion).

While I personally still use VHS at home I will likely shift out of that
mode soon. But at $1 a tape, it's still viable for me for disposable

Can't tell you how many complaints I've had from faculty over the failure of
DVDs (mostly DVD-R) to play in the classroom or at home. Far more than the
problems I've had with VHS over the past 25-30 years.

BUT... Cheap VHS units are still out there (saw a $80 DVD/VHS combo in the
grocery store last nite)

But there will remain a need to provide playback equipment for years to
come. My administrative assistant was in a quandry last week because an
interlibrary loan of a tape she needed for a course assignment came in on
3/4". She was totally baffled... Didn't know what it was!. We were able
to track down the ONE remaining 3/4" unit locked away in a special room on

Oh... And lest I forget, yes, we KNOW there will NEVER be a time when
EVERYTHING will be available in any one particular format!

deg farrelly, Associate Librarian
Arizona State University at the West campus
PO Box 37100 
Phoenix, Arizona  85069-7100
Phone:  602.543.8522
Email:  deg.farrelly@asu.edu

> The demise will be the approximate lifespan of a typical VHS player. The > majority of OUR patrons finally gave up on 16mm film when they could no > longer repair/maintain their projectors efficiently. Within the last > month or two, the supply of those cheapo $40 to $60 VHS machines has > dried up, evidenced by the fact that my personal machine at home died > while attempting to preview some recent acquisitions and there were very > few "cheapos" to be found. Ironically, I said to myself, "self, wait for > Christmas sales, to purchase your new machine at a bargain". Hah!! > Retailers won't even be carrying them this year, according to that > obituary. > <snip> > > For those of you that have TiVo, imagine downloading your movies to a > TiVo-like device. TiVo has a regular hard drive to store movies, but > non-moving storage is getting bigger and bigger...a movie on a card the > size of a stamp, or credit card? How many of you said I was out of my > mind and that all this "new techie stuff" was way down the road, well > after we retire? The market won't stand for only one format.

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