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    It was Video 2000 that had double sided tapes.

    Betamax suffered in the long run from having a shorer recording time due to the tape size being smaller, along with Sony not licencing the technology as well as JVC did with VHS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1978 View Post
    It was Video 2000 that had double sided tapes.
    Thought so - I assume that very few companies dealt with them. Grundig was one that sprung to mind.
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    It would definitley be a VHS no dounts at all on that level/score ..... but which/what Model/Make , I'm unsure what kind - though it sure was like a slim (for the late 80s) modern-oish Grey thing - circa 1986 to 1988 - but my Mum's partner of Today - used to own Beatamaxes for years before VHS won through and even owned them until the mid to early 90s - circa 93/94 - if though we'd known how Popular Car Boots would be - he could easily of bought tons of Tapes no doubts I am unsure and just carried on taping like people choose to do (like me) with VHS in gavour of DVD or another friend who for years used a tape every Sunday Night for "Sounds of the Sixties"!!

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    In the very late 70s I remember a friend had a reel to reel video recorder, probably EIAJ standard. I think it was either Sony or JVC, and couldn't handle scenes with lots of white very well. I remember watching the Buck Rogers film at his house, with the picture distorting in certain scenes. I would have been six years old...and started asking my dad for a video recorder for the family. I could see instantly how useful they would be. But dad wanted to wait until the format war was over. He'd figured out that VCRs would kill VTRs but the whole Beta/VHS/V2000 war was just beginning.

    Finally in April 1984, and in part for my mum's 40th birthday, he bought a Ferguson Videostar 3V35 with some input from now 11 year old me...from Rumbelows of all places. I still have the receipt, it cost 450! Lovely, if rather basic machine. I remember changing the video head in 1988 as we wore it out. It was given to me around then and I used it another decade.

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    May 1989 my family had a VCR for the first time via mail order catalogue - only had two or three tapes with which we recorded, watched and taped over again ad infinitum. It was a Sharp one with a huge brick-sized remote control.

    On the Sunday of the first week we went on a day trip to a theme park, and that was when we did the first timer recordings on it - EastEnders omnibus (not me of course) and probably something like Bullseye as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
    May 1989 my family had a VCR for the first time via mail order catalogue - only had two or three tapes with which we recorded, watched and taped over again ad infinitum. It was a Sharp one with a huge brick-sized remote control.

    On the Sunday of the first week we went on a day trip to a theme park, and that was when we did the first timer recordings on it - EastEnders omnibus (not me of course) and probably something like Bullseye as well.
    Was that a Top Loader machine?
    I remember we had a Front Loader machine but it kept playing up, and the Record button was set in a corner on the Play button, i presume it was to make it easy to record.

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    It was a front loader - does anyone remember Sharp's Talking Handset model which was around in 1989?

    The remote control was massive, and it would talk to you in a female Stephen Hawking-alike voice - saw an advert for it on YouTube as part of an ad break someone downloaded. It was very "Tomorrow's World" from a technology perspective.

    From 1991 onwards I started to record programmes on at Christmas, and I use to hog the VCR as a result, recording that year's showing of The Snowman to compliment the premiere of Father Christmas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuggy14 View Post
    Was that a Top Loader machine?
    I remember we had a Front Loader machine but it kept playing up, and the Record button was set in a corner on the Play button, i presume it was to make it easy to record.
    We never had a top loader, but I always thought that top loaders were like cassette tape recorders placed on their side.
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    I don't remember the Sharp talking remote, but I had an Orion VCR that had one in the late 80s or possibly as late as 1990.

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    Index (the Argos-alike catalogue shop owned by Littlewoods) used to sell Orion VCRs in the early to mid 1990s - they were alright but quite often vulnerable to having tapes jammed inside them now and again. We had to get a repairman out on more than one occasion (probably sent out by the shop themselves) to sort it out, and sometimes he had to take it away to have a good look at it.

    I saw the repairman use a screwdriver with it while it was still plugged in and I thought that he was going to electrocute himself in the process.
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