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.


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

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