The Video 2000 format is launched by Philips and Grundig to compete with the VHS and Beta formats. It’s only ever distributed in Europe, South Africa and Argentina. Prerecorded movies are made available. Discontinued in 1989.
Engineer Thorsten Cooke develops a copy-protection process for the adult distributor, Quality X. MPAA shows an interest.
The very first VHS VCR hits the American market in the form of the RCA Selectavision VBT-200.
3M reveals their latest creation, Metafine IV, a magnetic tape that not only allows for longer recording durations, but at an affordable price. The new tape makes videocassettes even more competitive against the upcoming videodisc formats.
Sony introduces Beta-II, a new two-hour videocassette that can record an entire movie on a single videocassette. These new cassettes require the latest Betamax VCR to record the full two hours, the SL-8200.