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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1982, initialism (acronym) of Video Home System.


The Video Home System (VHS) is a standard for consumer-level analog video recording on tape cassettes. Developed by Victor Company of Japan (JVC) in the early 1970s, it was released in Japan in late 1976 and in the USA in early 1977.

From the 1950s, magnetic tape video recording became a major contributor to the television industry, via the first commercialized video tape recorders (VTRs). At that time, the devices were used only in expensive professional environments such as television studios and medical imaging ( fluoroscopy). In the 1970s, videotape entered home use, creating the home video industry and changing the economics of the television and movie businesses. The television industry viewed videocassette recorders (VCRs) as having the power to disrupt their business, while television users viewed the VCR as the means to take control of their hobby.

In the 1980s and 1990s, at the peak of VHS's popularity, there were videotape format wars in the home video industry. Two of the formats, VHS and Betamax, received the most media exposure. VHS eventually won the war; dominating 60 percent of the North American market by 1980 and succeeding as the dominant home video format throughout the tape media period.

Optical disc formats later began to offer better quality than analog consumer video tape such as standard and super-VHS. The earliest of these formats, LaserDisc, was not widely adopted. However, after the introduction of the DVD format in 1997, VHS's market share began to decline. By 2008, DVD had achieved mass acceptance and replaced VHS as the preferred low end method of distribution.

VHS (disambiguation)

VHS is a recording and playing standard for video cassette recorders.

VHS may also stand for:

  • V/H/S, a 2012 horror film
    • V/H/S/2, a 2013 horror film sequel
    • V/H/S: Viral, a 2014 horror film second sequel
  • VHS (album), 2015, by X Ambassadors
  • Viral hemorrhagic septicemia, an infectious fish disease
  • VHS assault rifle
  • Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, US
  • VHS protein domain, part of a protein sequence
VHS (album)

VHS is the debut studio album by American alternative rock band X Ambassadors. It was released on June 30, 2015 by KIDinaKORNER and Interscope Records. The album has spawned four singles so far, "Jungle", " Renegades", "Unsteady" and "Low Life 2.0".

The special edition titled as VHS 2.0 was released on June 10, 2016 with five additional tracks and the interludes removed.