Funai Electric, the last remaining producer of VCRs, will throw in the towel by the end of July. Despite selling over 750,000 VCRs last year, the company’s decision to cease production was based on declining sales (you don’t say!) and difficulties sourcing the necessary parts to manufacture the ’80s-defining machine, according to the Nikkei (via Anime News Network).
In addition to producing VCRs it sold under its own brand, Funai Electric also produced them for other companies like Sanyo.
It’s always a little sad to see a beloved technology go, but VCRs probably won’t be missed by most people except A/V purists who insist remastered DVD, Blu-ray and UHD (4K) versions of old videos and movies are too crisp and by hipsters who pine for the analog days and are too cool for Netflix.
It’s been a good 44 years since the first VCR was introduced by Philips. In the intervening years, VHS fought off Sony’s Betamax and brought video into everyone’s home. VCRs ruled the ’80s and ’90s, but will rule no more.