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Old 01-04-2008, 01:10 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by HarryT View Post
To be fair, it was really just "bad luck" that VHS won out over Betamax. Beta was arguably a better standard. Sony did absolutely nothing wrong there.
It was not better when they extended the recording time. The wikipedia article

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Videotape_format_war

was interesting.

It says for example:
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What Sony didn't take into account was what the consumers wanted. Sony believed that having better quality recordings was the key to success, whereas it soon became clear that consumer desire was focused more intently on recording time and compatibility for easy transfer of information (Besen, 1994).
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