Pop Americana Resurrected.
I LIKE THE BETAMAX PLAYER BETTAH
WOW!I wonder how much that beast cost and how long it would last before something going wrong?!
See also http://saturdaymorningtvzombie.blogspot.com/2008/05/ge-widescreen-1000.html
Heh, considering my grand mother's RCA has lasted from 1983 to present, and the Sony I bought when I was married lasted 5 years... A GE that vintage probably lasted forever, but cost a fortune.Now, TV's are a commodity, and they last like one...
That ad is circa 1979, when large-screen projection TV's and VHS VCR's were the latest in video technology. Funny, I just clipped and saved a similar ad from a 1979 National Geographic, with the intention of posting it on my own blog.
Bill,I think with that vintage it might be a UMatic tape player, not a Betamax.
it might be a UMatic tape player, not a Betamax."Neither, it's a GE branded Panasonic VHS machine. I worked on quite a few of those in a previous life.
Looks like a Panasonic PV-1000. I still have one.
This is an example of the kind of television that was "cutting edge" and "state of the art" back in 1979 that no one but a collector would pay a nickel for today. A comprable 2009 set w/DVD player and external speakers would probably cost less in inflation-adjusted dollars than this monstrosity, plus have many more features.
My 25 inch RCA bought for the 1983 superbowl works perfectly at my buddy's house. Had to replace the on/off module once.
It's a little newer than the '83 models being cited here, but my 1991 RCA 25" TV is still going strong, as is--shockingly--my Montgomery Ward branded VCR from the same year.
Wow. That one belongs on the www.FuglyTvs.com site.
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