Did you own a Betamax player before?

@modstar (9608)
Philippines
February 17, 2009 10:56pm CST
Do you still have it now? I remember watching Gremlins and Ghostbuster in Betamax format. I think VHS killed it.
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@teclive (247)
• Canada
20 Feb 09
haha holy jump'n, I remember the Beta machine, I remember 'Purple Rain' Man, musta watched that movie atleast 30 times. We had a beta when i was in grade 5, so around 10 year old...akk..that would be like 24 years ago. God i feel old now :)
• Philippines
20 Feb 09
i can remember now that this happened when my children were something like five and seven years old. yes, they are now 30 and 28. that makes 25 years more or less. and yes, i am really old by now. i am nearing sixty. now, i cannot even recall the movies that we used to see then except for those ones which starred bruce lee. my husband was such a big fan, used to be.
• Philippines
18 Feb 09
No. But our neighbor had one. We used to watch in their house the old Jackie Chan movies like Drunken Master. We also watched Rambo and Rocky in their Betamax. Kind a little bit funny, I still remember when I was helping our neighbor rewind the tapes. He did not want to use the player to automatically rewind them because he believed it will shorten the life of the player. So we do it manually. I hold the tape and he do the twisting.. LOL...
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@modstar (9608)
• Philippines
18 Feb 09
Yah i can relate haha. My mom won't let me rewind the tape straight from the player. Lol!
@jenisky (406)
• Philippines
20 Feb 09
yeah we have that in our family,it was one of the in thing in the 80's.i remember that my brother brought this betamax abroad and he brought many betamax tapes too..the whole family including my cousins were all there and excited to watch a movies :)
@jenisky (406)
• Philippines
20 Feb 09
we dont have it now,its already junked ;) but we still have our vcd with us ;)
@jenisky (406)
• Philippines
20 Feb 09
sorry i made a mistakes there.its not a vcd ,its vhs that im talking about :)
@Unah08 (671)
• Philippines
18 Feb 09
Yes we do own a betamax before, and we have good movies in betamax form as well however I didn't enjoyed watching movies in betamax because when we were little as far as I can remember we already used the VHS. Our betamax is just there as a display and the tapes were already stored in a cabinet. In my time VHS is the mode of entertainment in terms of movie watching, we rent tapes in VHS form cause we do not go to movie houses before. Back then going to the cinemas to watch a movie cost a lot and we could not afford wasting our money for entertainment so we just rent tapes and watch it at home. But now we do not have both of them anymore. As time passes they became obsolete and we have to get rid of them because having them fixed is not just worth it and when the era of VCD's and DVD's roam the entertainment scene, they do not produce VHS tapes anymore. Modern technology really advances rapidly. ^-^
@modstar (9608)
• Philippines
18 Feb 09
I couldn't agree more. Haha, our betamax and vhs is now kept somewhere i don't know. I think it has served it's purpose as one of the links in home video history.
@Unah08 (671)
• Philippines
18 Feb 09
yes definitely it does served it's purpose, thanks for appreciating my response... have a nice day!^-^
@CRSunrise (2982)
• United States
18 Feb 09
We've never owned a Betamax machine. Those players were long gone before I got old enough before I could have my own machine in my room. I've only ever had a VCR, and then a DVD player. Now, when I was younger, we had a VCR and a Betamax machine. We had a bunch of tapes for both machines. It was ridiculous as to how many we had. There are none left, and the Betamax has been long gone.
@modstar (9608)
• Philippines
19 Feb 09
The tapes and the player, they're all too bulky.
@Opal26 (17684)
• United States
18 Feb 09
Hey modstar! I didn't have Betamax! I guess I just skipped that step and went directly to VHS! And now I am still there! I still don't have a DVD player yet! I am not a big movie watcher if you can believe that! I will watch a movie on tv or online, but I really don't care if I don't watch movies at all! My boyfriend keeps saying he is going to get a DVD player, but he just never does! Maybe one day he will!
@modstar (9608)
• Philippines
19 Feb 09
Don't you have a dvd rom on your computer? Well my internet speed isn't fast enough to be watching movies online. It would be really convenient.
• United States
18 Feb 09
I remember Betamax. I remember when I went to buy my first VCR having to choose and hoping that I didn't choose the wrong one. I chose VHS (though I don't remember why) I did watch movies on a betamax though. Before I bought a VCR it was common for the video stores to rent you the VCR with the tapes.
@modstar (9608)
• Philippines
19 Feb 09
You were one step ahead for choosing VHS.
@roniroxas (10568)
• Philippines
18 Feb 09
i think VHS killed it too. i dont have any betamax player but i still have VHS player. some of my favorite films are on VHS. i have also a lot of collection of family reunions on VHS so it is nice to ket my kids watch it every once in a while. yes i think i watched ghostbuster too on betamax.
@modstar (9608)
• Philippines
18 Feb 09
We had the VHS only after it was phased out. It's a second hand coming from my aunt. I don't remember us using it. Lol!
@ds6413 (2074)
• United States
18 Feb 09
Hi, in the 80's I owned a betamax. I upgraded to vhs then to dvd's. Got rid of it years ago.
@modstar (9608)
• Philippines
18 Feb 09
Yes, i think home video watching evolved pretty well.
@jstmarfz (1498)
• United States
18 Feb 09
We had Betamax before! Oh my! My mom always love to rent betamax tape movie same with my brother. That was 15 years ago, I think..hehe. We don't have it anymore!
@modstar (9608)
• Philippines
18 Feb 09
Funny thing about my Betamax experience is that i didn't know that the rented tapes are fake copies.
• Philippines
20 Feb 09
yes, we did have one, modstar. it was the front loading type. actually, we hac two. i can recall now that at first we had the top loading type. and then when it got busted, we bought a new one, this time, it is the front loading type. we were told that it is the more durable model. the betamax performance was never that good. so, when the vhs machines came forth, we also bought one immediately. they proved to be more durable and better in performance if compared to the betamax.