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07/06/1975 Sony releases its ultimately unsuccessful Betamax


Sony Promotional Video for the VERY FIRST Betamax - 1975!!


TV Commercial for the Sony Betamax SL-5400 VCR - 1979!!


Sony Betamax SL-8200 Demo Tape - 1978!!


1979 Sony Betamax Commercial


How Sony's Betamax lost to JVC VHS Cassette Recorder

Betamax is a consumer-level analog-recording and cassette format of magnetic tape for video. It was developed by Sony and was released in Japan in May 1975. The first Betamax device introduced in the United States was the LV-1901 console, which included a 19-inch color monitor, and appeared in stores in early November 197.
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    • Essentials 

    • Other Japanese inventions 

    • Home and professional recording 

    • HiFi audio upgrade 

    • New standards: SuperBetamax and Extended Definition Betamax 

    • Tape lengths 

    • Home movies 

    • Legacy