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06 October, 2015
How are we going to watch a movie in the future?

The world’s first commercial videotape recorder was brought on the market by the American company Ampex in 1956. But the invention has Russian background. Ampex was founded by the Russian immigrant, former White Guardists, Alexander Ponyatov.

1950s saw a serious fight in the areas of tape recording. The major competitors were Amplex guided by Ponyakov and BBC under the management of Dr. Peter Axon. BBC introduced its system Vision Electronic Recording Apparatus (VERA) in 1952 but it was far from being perfect. As a result, Ampex introduced its successful commercial model VRX-1000 in 1956 while BBC managed to achieve such results only two year later. But Ampex VRX-1000 cost as much as $50,000 dollars, and only big companies could afford it.

In USSR, the first videotape recorder was developed in 1979. It was an industrial model KMZI-4 designed on a personal commission from Nikita Khrushchev.

In digital era videotape recorders are hardly used. We are one step from new formats and new opportunities. Join us to discuss them at Forum on Entertainment day, November 1.









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