VCRs & VHS Tapes Are Not Dead

Wayback Wednesday – VCRs & VHS Tapes Are Not Dead in 17% of American Households


Do you remember when the videocassette recorder or VCRs changed American’s home entertainment centers?  We were able to record our favorite television shows and movies to watch later and this was pre-DVR.


17% of Americans still use a VCR


Every kid born in the 1980s and ’90s knows about the VCR and VHS tapes, and those of us from the earlier generations may even remember the Betamax!  The VCR was the machine that became a fixture under the television sets in households across the United States, as well as around the world. 

Not only did we watch pre-recorded television programs and movies we could also watch recordings of weddings, church events and of course other family milestones and Nana would never have to miss another soap opera again.

For those of you who don’t know what a VCR is: A videocassette recorderVCR, or video recorder is an electromechanical device that records analog audio and analog video from broadcast television or other sources on a removable, magnetic tape videocassette, and can play back the recording. Use of a VCR to record a television program to play back at a more convenient time is commonly referred to as timeshifting.

VCRs can also play back prerecorded tapes and in the 1980s and 1990s, prerecorded videotapes were sold and were also available to rent, blank tapes were sold to make recordings.


Remember when Blockbuster would charge you for not rewinding a tape before returning it?


The VCR’s demise may come as a shock, however, did you know that a recent study reported that 17% of Americans still use a VCR – are you one of them? 


The Cosby Show



We no longer have a VCR, but I still have my collection of The Cosby Show on VHS Tapes in the Basement which are worth now $0 #GoodwillDonation 


Let’s Chat: Do you still have and use a VCR?




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This article has 5 comments

  1. Hot Off The Mat

    How funny! We don’t have them anymore, but were sure to move our favorite VHS tapes to digital CDs before converting over. Thanks for the memories!

  2. Alana Mautone (@RamblinGarden)

    We still had VHS tapes until 2015 – the same year that my mother in law finally got rid of her VCR. And, my son (late 20’s) even has a couple of Betamax tapes – he is fascinated by obsolete technology.

  3. Rebecca Olkowski (@baby_boomster)

    I still have VHS tapes but nothing to play them on. I miss them. They were so much easier to use. I still can’t figure out how my TV works with all the bells and whistles. Simpler was better, in my opinion.

  4. menopausalmother

    My VCR no longer works, but I still have at least 50-75 VHS tapes!

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