Betamax Robert Siegel speaks with Jon Healey, a reporter from the Los Angeles Times, about Sony's decision to cease production of Betamax. Sony announced yesterday that it would stop making the Betamax videocassette recorder by the end of this year. The system lost in competition to the VHS tape in the 1980s. Healey says the end of Beta is part marketing failure and part technological inconvenience.
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Robert Siegel speaks with Jon Healey, a reporter from the Los Angeles Times, about Sony's decision to cease production of Betamax. Sony announced yesterday that it would stop making the Betamax videocassette recorder by the end of this year. The system lost in competition to the VHS tape in the 1980s. Healey says the end of Beta is part marketing failure and part technological inconvenience.