Japanese electronics maker Funai Electric Co. says it’s yanking the plug on the world’s last video cassette recorder.
The world’s last video cassette recorder is set to end the production of the once-booming home theatre technology. A spokesman of Funai Electric, says it is the world’s last VCR manufacturer, mentions a severe decline in demand and trouble sourcing parts for its decision to stop production at a plant in China by the end of this month, But he would not give a date.
Numerous Families and Libraries have contents put away in the VHS configuration and need to change the tapes to DVD or other computerized plates. This can do as such utilizing VHS/DVD converters, known as “combos” in Japan. And Funai will take off such items in the not so distant future, the representative said.
He also said that Funai VCR manufacturing plant, which is in China, is beyond the reach of media scrutiny for security reasons in light of the fact that different items are made at the same plant.
In recent years, most of the consumer electronics firm’s VCRs were sold in the U.S market. The bulky machines entered into mainstream popularity in the 1970s and 1980’s, but have long eclipsed by DVDs and other more advanced technologies. Funai once had annual global sales of about 15 million VCRs, a number that shrunk 750,000 globally last year.
Different items have additionally become more obsolete with the development of advanced and other innovation. That incorporates firm cameras and floppy disks once used to store PC content, which were dislodged by littler memory gadgets with bigger limits and by distributed storage.
Owners of VCRs are not as emotionally attached to their machines as are owners of Sony Corps.’s discontinued robotic dog Aibo, or the Boombox, the portable cassette player, with its deeply resonating speakers and cool designs, said Nobuyuki Norimatsu, nicknamed “Aibo doctor,” of A-Fun, a company of engineers who do repairs for discontinued electronics goods.
“To give up on keeping such records is like denying the history of humankind,” said Norimatsu. ending Production is going to present problems for some people.”
Panasonic withdrew from the business several years ago, making Funai the last VCR maker standing.
Funai has been overwhelmed with calls from desperate VCR tape owners who had not copied weddings and other special occasions into digital discs. But many still shrugg off the VCR’s disappearance as inevitable.