On a short break to Barcelona, I stumbled across this recently abandoned video cassette player. I didn’t think much of it, until I realised this was a Betamax player. Wow, changing video technology has surely left those things well behind?

This thing was ancient, with an analogue tuner, the type you had a little screw driver to select the frequency of the channel you wanted. I was surprised on doing some research to find that Sony only finally discontinued production of Betamax machines in 2002, though by that point they were only producing 2,800 a year, a fraction of the 2.3 million they were making back in 1984.

I haven’t seen one of these domestic Betamax players for over twenty five years!


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I founded Napoleon Creative in 2006 to make great videos for discerning clients. We've grown from me and my dog (who the company is named after) to the talented mix of directors, animators and illustrators we are today. With all the tools and talent in our purpose-built studio, we take your projects wherever you want them to go.

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