How VHS Beat Betamax & Changed Media Forever

VCR technology changed entertainment. It let people watch television shows on their own schedules, it transformed the way movies were consumed forever, and it might just have indirectly given us Game of Thrones. This episode of Throwback dives into the battle between VHS and Betamax, and explains the key role Mister Rogers played in keeping the VCR alive. Did adult movies really play a pivotal role in the so-called “Format Wars”? How did we end up with two competing formats that looked nearly identical on screen? And why did no one you know ever own a Umatic? Subscribe here for new Mental Floss episodes every Wednesday: Website: 

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