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  • #16
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    I don't know the make or model of our first one but I know it was after 1985 as my sister had been born and she got a plastic orange stuck in it.

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    • #17
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      We got our first in 1983. A Ferguson videostar rented from a local shop. Toploader with giant buttons. I can't remember the first film we rented but knowing my Dad it would have probably been a horror film. I seem to remember that it took about 9 months for the rental to be released after the cinema release had departed. With the popular films one of our local shops used to get loads of copies and they'd sell them after the initial rush. I remember wanting a copy of Aliens but they were going for 90. Amazing when you consider that you can now get the box set on blu-ray for 17.
      "GAME OVER MAN, GAME OVER"

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      • #18
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        first one we had was in 83.
        Cant remember the make but i remember it being a top loader.
        FOR THE HONOUR OF GRAYSKULL

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        • #19
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          I actually worked in the industrial video game in the early/mid seventies. I do remember an early reel to reel model but the first VCR (video cassette recorder) that I can think of was a Philips N1500 which was copied and taken over by the Japanese manufacturers. There was also a large heavy thing called a Sony U matic.

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          • #20
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            The N1500 was one of the first machines to put the tapes in a casette, but with 1 reel on top of the other.

            My Dad can remember watching training films on U-Matic, which was a semi-pro format.

            Later versions were good enough for one-the-street news reporting, as there was no waiting for film to be develop.
            The Trickster On The Roof

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            • #21
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              WE HAD THIS VCR IM SURE OF IT.
              NOT SURE IT IT WAS THE FIRST THOUGH.


              FOR THE HONOUR OF GRAYSKULL

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              • #22
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                Prior to our first VHS - I recall an Auntie having a Betamax - these where the things of legend ... topladers and everything.

                I think (though am not totally certain) after reading the O.P's post about seeing a very early to mid 70s Video Machine 1 in a magazine in Art at school about 1992/1993! Or if not it was sure in a Magazine at another point and I recall being as amazed now as I did then that one existed in such an era!

                80sChav

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                • #23
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                  Had our first video recorder in 1986/7. Good old top loader. It lasted about 10 years or so. In fact it was better than the replacement. When you paused a film you actually had a good still clear picture still. Its replacement would not do this without lines across the screen. I've still got a video recorder. It's virtually brand new. When I moved into my own home, I bought one. About a year later, I bought a dvd player. Therefore I hardly used it.


                  I can't remember the first thing we recorded all those years ago, but I think it was an episode of Spitting Image. I've still got a large collection od VHS videos. I can't be bothered to sort them out at the moment. I think I've got a large amount of documentaries.


                  Anybody know of any posh people who had both VHS and Betamax? There was one family I know of.
                  Who cared about rules when you were young?

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                  • #24
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                    This was our first VCR

                    remember it was not as easy to use as they would have you believe

                    would have been about 1981 ish though we soon ended up with a VHS like everyone else

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gq1n5fQIV0I
                    Age is just a number - If yours bothers you stop counting

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                    • #25
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                      Originally posted by Jay Mc View Post
                      This was our first VCR

                      remember it was not as easy to use as they would have you believe

                      would have been about 1981 ish though we soon ended up with a VHS like everyone else

                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gq1n5fQIV0I
                      My Gran was the only person I knew who bought a Betamax machine, & by the end of the 1980s switched to VHS. I can't remember her having both at the same time though.
                      The Trickster On The Roof

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                      • #26
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                        Our first video recorder was a Sanyo VTC9300P betamax (or betacord as Sanyo called it) bought from Dixons in July 1980 and cost 399.99. It was the cheapest VCR we could find at the time. It gave over 20 years of service.

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                        • #27
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                          My first one was a rented (from DER) Ferguson top-loader!

                          It had a remote but that was connected to the body by a wire!
                          Time flies like the wind, fruit flies like bananas - go figure!

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                          • #28
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                            ANYTHING LIKE THIS.


                            Originally posted by zabadak View Post
                            My first one was a rented (from DER) Ferguson top-loader!

                            It had a remote but that was connected to the body by a wire!
                            FOR THE HONOUR OF GRAYSKULL

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                            • #29
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                              You've reminded me that our Sanyo also had a corded remote control, but it was just a single button by which you could pause recording and playback, with no other function. I don't think I ever actually used it.

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                              • #30
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                                One of my friend had a Panasonic VCR with a corded remote which he hardly ever used as it was a stretch to the nearest seat.
                                The Trickster On The Roof

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