Video 2000

Video 2000
A Video 2000 videocassette
Media typeMagnetic cassette tape
StandardInterlaced video
Developed byPhilips
UsageHome movies
Released1979 (1979)
Discontinued1989 (1989)

Video 2000 (also known as V2000, with the tape standard Video Compact Cassette, or VCC) is a consumer videocassette system and analogue recording standard developed by Philips and Grundig to compete with JVC's VHS and Sony's Betamax video technologies.[1] It was designed for the PAL color television standard, but some models additionally handled SECAM. Distribution of Video 2000 products began in 1979 exclusively in Europe, South Africa and Argentina and ended in 1988.[2]

Although some initial models and advertising featured a mirror-image "VCR" badge based on the logo of Philips's earlier Video Cassette Recording (VCR) system, Video 2000 was an entirely new (and incompatible) format, which incorporated many technical innovations.[3] Despite this, the format was not a major success and was eventually discontinued, having lost out to the rival VHS system in the videotape format war.

  1. ^ Daniel, Eric D.; Clark, Mark H.; Mee, C. Denis, eds. (31 August 1998). Magnetic Recording: The First 100 Years. IEEE Press. p. 192. ISBN 9780780347090. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  2. ^ Rhodes, Phil (Mar 19, 2021). "Betamax vs VHS was only the tip of the iceberg for the format wars of the 80's". RedShark.
  3. ^ Video History: V2000—The format that came third in a two-horse race (YouTube). Techmoan. 9 September 2018. Event occurs at 4:59–5:08. Retrieved 24 October 2018.

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