The Very Last VCR Producer Call Time After 40 Years

Remember The Video Cassette Recorder?

Remember The Video Cassette Recorder?

If you happened to grow up in the 90s or even the 80s, you're going to remember all about the VCR.

The video cassette recorder was how you went about watching stuff before DVDs and digital movies became a thing.

I bet you thought that nobody was making these things any more...

Almost Right...

Almost Right...

Well, as of next month, you'll be right.

In August, the last known manufacturer of VCRs will cease making them.

Japanese company, Funai Electrics, has been making them for over thirty years!

Why Are They Giving Up?

Why Are They Giving Up?

Can you guess why Funai have decided to tape off production?

Wait for it.... They've cited a decline in sales as the problem. Uummmmm, yeah....

They are also reported to be experiencing difficulties obtaining the parts needed to keep up production, as the VCR slowly becomes truly obsolete.

Say It Ain't Sanyo

Say It Ain't Sanyo

The company made an attempt in 1980 to launch its own CVC format but when unsuccessful in that endeavor, it began the production of VCRs instead, a few years later in 1983.

Selling millions each year, the company operated under the better known name of Sanyo, outside of Japan.

RIP VCR

RIP VCR

Guess how many VCRs Funai sold last year...

According to news.com.au, the answer is an impressive 750,000!

That might not seem like a lot (because it isn't really) but three-quarters of a million units of a product most of us thought was long gone? That's pretty impressive!

Next month, don't forget to have a silent vigil for the death of the VCR.