There was no need to repeat yourself.
I heard you the first time.
Originally Posted by Chris Gerhard
I believe what BobY indicates is true though and how I recall it. At that time, RCA was an important brand in the US and although the dumb idea of slowly running tape with such poor picture quality made no sense to me, it was a huge marketing success. I don't think many people actually used the ELP speed often and certainly no major pre-recorded releases I ever saw used it either.
I think you're wrong in your assertion. Perhaps the people you hang-out with are all videophiles, but the people I know don't care about quality. Everybody I know uses SLP/EP speed:
- my brother
- my niece
- my other niece
- my roommate
- my old dormmate
- and of course, me
So yes I think the ability of the 1976 RCA vcr to record in Long Play mode (~4 hours) was a major factor in consumers' choice to eschew Beta's limited length (~1 hour). Of course Beta eventually stretched that to 5 hours, but it was too late, because VHS was already offering 10 hours per tape.
Time was the deciding factor. Not quality (consumers just don't care).