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Laserdisc didn’t have an easy start. In this video, we take a look at the first few years of Laserdisc’s existence. Though many articles or videos talking about Laserdisc will blame the high cost of discs and the inability to record, those problems are only partially to blame.

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  1. I don't know if you read these comments but did you notice how poor quality had become the actual dvd players ?
    cheap plastic lightweight, tiny displays, lack of features and inputs. They feel so cheap. They feel more like a toy. I miss the old elite pioneer bulk dvd players.
    What the heck happened ?

  2. Maybe the UK was priced differently from the US, but in the early 80's I recall buying VHS tapes for about £20, but laser disks being in excess of £100 each. That's what put me off them.

  3. The day my dad sold his laser disk collection was the day I died a little inside. I had given him my player because his pioneer player broke. Mine had a weird remote that used an infrared laser to read barcodes to do things like play or fast forward. But I never had the code book as I got it second hand.

    He killed the rest of me when he sold my hearse while I was at work.

  4. Laserdisc pushed the available technology to it's limits, there were many problems
    with just making the discs and trying to align the players to keep them working.
    Thankfully Pioneer took over where Philips left off, and gave us some great players.
    The features we now have on DVD and Blu-ray were all developed on Laserdisc.
    To call it a failure is not correct in my opinion.
    It was highly popular in the USA, and mostly in Japan where the market was far greater
    than in Europe or here in the UK.
    I think it was the price of the players and discs that held it back, plus the movie studio's
    were fearfull of people making perfect copies of their films, that is why any domestic
    recorders and discs were never made.
    When DVD was first released the early players and discs had blocky pictures and the
    sound quality was and still is poor compared to Laserdisc's CD quality sound.
    Now it is Blu-Ray's that are no longer popular due to all the streaming services that
    are now so popular.
    Modern homes don't have the storage space for large collections of films on discs.
    RIP the spinning disc, it has served us well.

  5. Best horror of every LD owner, the discs slipping out of the sleeve and falling on the floor on its edge. Oh the horrors as the chips and cracks made the already fragile LDs inoperable

  6. LDs made children manual disc flippers. When watching LDs with family, kids were human controllers to do the work of lazy adults to flip the Side A to side B. 😛

    I was one of them 😀

  7. PRICE WAS PART OF IT. BUT LD WAS AHEAD OF ITS TIME. VHS WAS CHEAPER AND RECORDABLE. LD WAS UP AGAINST THIS. THEN DVD FOLLOWED VHS. BY THE TIME DVD ARRIVED VHS WAS FADING AND LD PROVIDED NO REAL CHALLENGE.

  8. The idea of how access to VCRs affected laserdisc's chances of success makes me wonder: would records have taken off the way they did if tape recording predated them? Many early tape recorder advertisements mention the ability to record broadcasts off the radio, and that didn't really resonate due to the fact that people were already used to buying records for getting their music on demand. It took decades for audio tape cassettes to become a success in the consumer market, and when they did it was not by using a recording based business model like video tape cassettes did, instead they succeeded by beating records at their own game and offering better convenience for listening to prerecorded content since tape cassettes were smaller and much more easily mobilized than record players.

  9. It was an amazing aspect in the early 80's for those lucky individuals (and usually well off) who owned a VCR and subscribed to HBO; allowing them to record movies. It was like a dream come true!

  10. One thing I remember from my youth was that large screen TVs suitable for laserdisc were front projection. Have you ever covered the front projection television.

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