Jason and the Argos Gnomes (Part Ten): A Thorn EMI 3 Hour Videotape

‘Now we meet in an abandoned studio…’

The 1980s: an era where computer technology and home entertainment made great strides. By 1980, JVC’s Video Home System [VHS] won the battle for supremacy against Sony’s Betamax and the older Philips format. Another Philips format, technically superior to VHS, V2000, came to the party too late.

In the Spring of 1980, the video cassette recorder was still a preserve of upper class and upper-middle class households. Three years later… the iPad of its era. The price of videotapes reflected the expense. For the price of a three hour video cassette in 1980, you could have bought a Saver Return from Stalybridge to Middlesbrough.

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