The videocassette recorder, VCR, or video recorder is an electromechanical device that records analog audio and analog video from broadcast television or other source on a removable, magnetic tape videocassette, and can play back the recording.
When they first arrived on the market, they were one of the more exciting inventions in decades.
1956: The first prototype for the videotape recorder was created by Charles Ginsburg and Ray Dolby while working for the Ampex Corporation. This new device was a major development for television broadcasters as it marked the first time in history that shows could be recorded for later broadcasting. Before 1956, all shows that appeared on television were LIVE.
1969: The first inexpensive reel-to-reel VCR was developed by SONY in 1969.
1976: The VHS tape format appeared and began its domination of the market.
1985: The first Blockbuster opened its doors to the public.