Remember DVHS?

May 19, 2004

The JVC D-VHS VCR is what, a year or so old now? I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by saying no one ever really believed this would be a viable, commercial medium for HDTV. Although, I’m sure there are some ardent fans of the format out there. It does offer at least a few handy uses. Until recently, with the introduction of Microsoft’s WMV HD DVDs, there wasn’t a prerecorded source for HDTV content. D-VHS can also be used (with certain equipment) to record HDTV programming off of satellite. Who knows, they might become some sort of highly sought after techno relic, if they become an economical means for recording HDTV programming.

The movie studios didn’t really seem to embrace the medium. I think they might have underestimated the desire of home theater enthusiasts for HDTV content. So far only trickles of pre-recorded titles have found their way onto the market. Most notably of late was Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World.

It might be too early to pronounce D-VHS dead, but with Blu-Ray HDTV DVD in the pipeline, the medium will likely go the way of betamax, albeit with about three times the lines of resolution.

Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under HDTV