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How Home Theater and HDTV Work by Michael Troller, Michael Miller

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Chapter 15. How Videotape Recorders Work

How Videotape Recorders Work

Videocassette recorders (VCRs) used to be a staple in just about every American household—and are still common in many living rooms. While VCRs were originally marketed as a way to record television broadcasts, their most common use was for watching prerecorded videocassette movies. (That’s how Blockbuster was born!)

In comparison to all the other components of your home theater system, however, the 1/2” VHS-format VCR is very old technology—more than 25 years old, to be precise. The format doesn’t offer digital sound or picture, the picture resolution is below even standard broadcast television, and it doesn’t ...

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