Betamax (also known as Beta, as in its logo) is a consumer-level analog-recording and cassette format of magnetic tape for video, commonly known as a video cassette recorder. It was developed by Sony and was released in Japan on May 10, 1975, followed by the US in November of the same year.
|Media type||Magnetic cassette tape|
|Encoding||NTSC, PAL, SECAM|
|Capacity||Up to 5 hours|
|Read mechanism||Helical scan|
|Write mechanism||Helical scan|
|Dimensions||15.6 × 9.6 × 2.5 cm |
(61⁄7 × 33⁄4 × 1 inch)
|Usage||Home movies, home video|
|Released||May 10, 1975|
|Discontinued||Recorders discontinued August 2002; Blank cassettes discontinued March 2016.|
Despite this, Betamax recorders continued to be sold until August 2002, when Sony announced that they were discontinuing production of all remaining Betamax models. Sony continued to sell Betamax cassettes until March 2016.