First Home Use Videocassette Recorder


Sony introduces the Betamax VCR, the world’s first home-use videocassette recorder using 1/2-inch tape. Demonstrates the world’s first four-channel cassette tape recorder. The BM-144 allows the user to switch back and forth on single standard cassette from four different recordings. Priced at $1,295, it records for a maximum of 1 hour. “Make your own TV schedule” – early ads proclaim.



A study indicates that the average American child during this decade will have spent 10,800 hours in school by the time he or she is 18, but will have seen an average 20,000 hours of television. Studies also estimate that, by the time he is 75, the average American male will have spent nine years of his life watching television; the average British male, eight years.


MZTV Museum of Television (at The ZoomerPlex) 64 Jefferson Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6K 1Y4

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