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...
R. Maybury 1997 2711