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The Videocassette Recorder

Introduced at CES: 1970

Decades before digital recording devices, like TiVo and the DVR, the buzz surrounded the now-quaint VCR.

This device recorded TV programs on an analog VHS tape. Although the VCR didn’t receive mass-market success right away, a decade later it was in use by most American households. The VCR revolutionized home entertainment, allowing audiences to experience movies in their homes — instead of just in theaters — and paved the way for the now ubiquitous DVD and Blu-ray discs.

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