The Video Hame Seestem[1][2] (better kent bi its abbreviation VHS)[3] is a consumer-level analog recordin videotape-based cassette staundart developed bi Victor Company o Japan (JVC).

Video Home Seestem
VHS Logo
VHS Logo
Tap view o a VHS cassette
Media teepVideo recordin media
EncodinFM on magnetic tape
Developed biJVC (Victor Company o Japan)
UisageHame video, Hame film

The 1970s wis a period whan video recordin became a major contributor tae the televeesion industry. Like mony ither technological innovations, ilk ane o several companies made an attempt tae produce a televeesion recordin staundart that the majority o the warld wad embrace. At the peak o it aw, the hame video industry wis caucht up in a series o videotape format wars. Twa o the formats, VHS an Betamax, received the maist media exposur. VHS wad eventually win the war, an tharefore succeed as the dominant hame video format, lastin throughoot the tape furmat period.[4]

In later years, optical disc furmats began tae affer better quality nor video tape. The earliest o thir formats, Laserdisc, wisnae widely adoptit, but the subsequent DVD format eventually did achieve mass acceptance an replaced VHS as the preferred method o distribution efter 2000.[5]


  1. IEEE History Center: Development of VHS, cites the original name as "Video Home System", from an article by Yuma Shiraishi, one of its inventors. Retrieved December 28, 2006.
  2. Popular Science Magazine, November 1977, page 81
  3. Boucher, Geoff (2008-12-22). "VHS era is winding down". Retrieved 2011-07-11.
  4. "Lessons Learned from the VHS - Betamax War". Retrieved 2011-07-11.
  5. "It's unreel: DVD rentals overtake videocassettes". The Washington Times. Washington, D.C. 2003-06-20. Retrieved 2010-06-02.