Movie Format History


VHS stands for Video Home System, and it was the way people watched movies and videos before  the invention of the laserdisc. The VHS videocassette format was first introduced in 1977. The VHS became extremely popular in North America, by the mid 1980s. These VHS tapes work by using electromagnets to transfer information to the television.


The Laserdisc

The laserdisc (Also known as the video disc) was invented in 1928, yet the idea was abandoned only years later. However, in the late 1970s, the laserdisc was recreated by two companies called Sony and Phillips. In most places, the product didn’t sell well, however, in Asia, a company named Pioneer used it for Karaoke, improving the laserdiscs sales.
The laserdisc never had a chance to become popular because it was too expensive. The DVD was popularized, making the laserdisc seem even more insignificant.


The CD

The compact disc, or CD for short, was created by James Russell on August 17th, 1982. The CD evolved to store computer data, in 1985. In 1994, the CD-I, or the interactive CD was created. The CD-I was able to combine text, images, video, and sound.



Streaming is the most recent form of watching movies or television shows. Streaming has existed since the mid 2000s, and it has been growing in popularity ever since.



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