Betamax Situation

The Sony Betamax home video recorder had better picture quality and some other technically superior features compared to the competing VideoHomeSystem? (VHS) from JVC. However, VHS from the start had a two hour tape capacity while Beta only had one, making it more convenient to watch a movie; and JVC enthusiastically courted additional manufacturers while Beta failed to successfully popularize their format.

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As I understand it, another huge factor was that Sony refused to license the Beta format to the porn industry and this helped kill the format as per PornDrivesNewTech.

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