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5 'Obsolete' Technologies That Are Still Alive And Kicking

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 11.10.2015 | Technology

Sony's announcement Tuesday that it would soon retire its Betamax videotapes -- which debuted to great success in 1975 before being booted into obscur...

Sony Kills Off Obsolete Betamax Tapes

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 11.10.2015 | Technology

Sony plans to cease production of its Betamax videotapes in March, the company announced Tuesday. The Betamax was widely used when it debuted in 1975....

Go Back Inside a Video Store...One Last Time

Matthew Chojnacki | Posted 05.13.2015 | Arts
Matthew Chojnacki

This nostalgic trip is superbly captured in Thomas Hodge's new ode to the videocassette era, VHS Video Cover Art, which contains over 240 full-scale video sleeves according to genre, just like an actual video store.

Clearing the Aereo

Jim Monroe | Posted 06.23.2014 | Media
Jim Monroe

Big media tries to ease its headaches through big lawsuits, but that strategy has backfired. A couple of suits, against Sony's Betamax and Cablevision's network DVR, resulted in landmark decisions against media companies and in favor of viewers.

The Last Best Video Store in America

Nathan Grady | Posted 04.08.2013 | DC
Nathan Grady

FADE IN: Groundhog day. Saturday before Super bowl XLVII. The vintage picture postcard Main Street in Takoma Park, Md., the most liberal enclave subur...

Our TV Overlords Command: Watch Our Commercials or Else!

Art Brodsky | Posted 06.03.2012 | Entertainment
Art Brodsky

Does this sound familiar? Of course it does. It's the identical argument, even to the word, that the networks have been making for years. Watch what we want you to watch or we'll be destroyed.

The e-Book Wars: Is Pornography Next?

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Alderman

With their proprietary software for Kindle readers only, Amazon has adapted a "we-win, you-lose," VHS vs. Betamax business model.