Fans Mourn the End of VHS as Final VCR Goes into Production
Published Jul 22, 2016Though its aesthetic is still admired on Tumblrs and in music videos the world over, let's be real for a second — none of us are actually watching VHS tapes on VCRs. As such, the whirling black box with the wrong date and time blinking underneath our television sets is finally no longer. That's right, VCRs are officially done.
The machines, which bear the full name "videocassette recorder," will officially discontinue this month. As the Nikkei newspaper reports [via the BBC], Funai Electric is set to produce the last ever VCR model.
At its peak, Funai was selling 15 million VCRs a month. Last year, the company sold 750,000 VCRs in total (which is still a shockingly high number of VCRs). The company was the last one holding out in the VCR manufacturing business, but they appear to have thrown in the towel.
As such, let's have a moment of humming, rewinding silence for the VCR. Or at least temporarily — they'll undoubtedly come back in a few years, once people realize they love the warm crackle of their VHS tapes.