LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Sony announced Tuesday the impending death of Betamax, set for March 2016.
Akin to the Blu-Ray vs. HD DVD battle of the 2000s, the Betamax format lost the 1970-80s video recording format battle to the VHS format. VHS then gave way to DVDs, which now feel obsolete in the age of streaming video and music from the cloud.READ MORE: Drake Reportedly Withdraws 2 Grammy Nominations
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Betamax was first released by Sony in May 1975.
While Betamax is a product of the disco era, Sony says it sold more than 18 million units of Betamax VTR equipment worldwide.MORE NEWS: Alec Baldwin Deletes Twitter Account After Interview On Shooting Death Of Halyna Hutchins
In the Japanese-language news release, the company also announced the discontinuation of the Micro MV cassette, which was first introduced in 2005.