Definitions for "Betamax"
Keywords:  sony, videocassette, jvc, vhs, cassette
Superior video cassette format developed by Sony.
Consumer videocassette record/playback tape format using half-inch wide magnetic tape. The Beta system was the first consumer videocassette (VCR) format introduced by Sony in the mid 1970s. Although the format produces a higher quality video signal than VHS, marketing blunders by the Japanese electronics giant sealed the fate of the format. Sony continues to manufacture Beta format videocassettes and VCRs as there still is a small established market for them.
The Betamax video system was developed by Sony for recording and playing home video. This standard first came out in 1975 but eventually lost out to JVC's VHS format early 1980's.