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COULDíVE BEEN A CONTENDER

 

VHD VIDEO DISC SYSTEM

 

VHD, WHAT WAS THAT ALL ABOUT?

Youíve clearly forgotten the video disc wars of the early eighties. There was VLP from Philips, which later became Laservision, then there was RCA Selectavision and CED, and me, Video High Density, from JVC, announced in Autumn 1980

 

YOU DIDNíT MAKE MUCH OF AN IMPRESSION

A few PAL players appeared but there was no software to speak of, and by that time Laservision was starting to take off.

 

WERE YOU ANY GOOD

Okayish, as good as VHS anyway

 

SO WHAT WAS THE POINT?

Ah, well you see discs and players were very cheap to make; discs were read by a simple capacitance sensing stylus, that skimmed over the surface of the disc, that was covered in metal coated Ďpitsí

 

WHAT WENT WRONG?

Discs were easily damaged and had to be kept in protective caddies, but it was the old problem of there not being enough support from other hardware and software companies. I was quietly put to rest in 1984, without ever having had a chance to show my true potential.

 

AND THAT WAS?

Well, discs would have been cheap...

 

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” R. Maybury 1997 2711

 

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