- List of years in home video
This page indexes the individual year in
home videopages. Each year is annotated with a significant event as a reference point.
= 20th century =
* 1970 -
* 1971 - Year
* 1972 - Year
* 1973 -
* 1974 -
* 1975 - Year Beta launched
* 1976 - Year
* 1977 -
Magnetic Video, the first home video company to release theatrical films to tape, licenses 50 films from 20th Century Fox for VHS and Betamax release.
* 1978 - Year
laserdisclaunched. MCA issues Universal Studios film library onto laserdisc, and later adds Warner Bros. and Disney product as well.
* 1979 - Paramount and Columbia Pictures form Home Entertainment Divisions.
* 1980 -
Walt Disney Productionsenters home video market. MCA establishes MCA Videocassette, Inc. for VHS and Betamax releases of the Universal Studios product.
* 1981 - Year
CEDand Wizard Videolaunched. Magnetic Video reorganized into Twentieth Century Fox Video.
* 1982 -
PBV Distribution(Publishing & Broadcasting Video) becomes one of the biggest selling Australian video companies. In the mid-80s, it would later become Communications and Entertainment Limited. Star Warsis released on home videocassette, becoming one of the most demanded videos of all time.
* 1983 -
JVClaunches VHD format in Japan. Following a merger in 1982 between Twentieth Century Fox Video and CBS Video Enterprises, CBS/Fox Videois launched to the home video market, with divisions Key Videoand Playhouse Video. In Japan, the Bandai-Emotionlabel is launched on VHS, and becomes one of the biggest selling Japanese home video labels ever.
* 1984 - The
Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc.decision (aka Betamax case)
* 1985 -
Heron Communicationslaunches the Hi-Tops Videolabel.
* 1986 - Video Gems is launched, and becomes a top seller in the UK home video market.
* 1987 -
* 1988 -
* 1989 -
* 1990 - CBS/FOX reorganized. Fox Video is formed to release mainstream Fox product in the U.S., while
CBS/Fox Videoremains for other products such as BBC Video and other non-Fox projects.
* 1991 -
* 1992 -
* 1993 -
* 1994 - MUSE
Hi-Vision LaserDiscis launched on May 20th 1994 in Japan. The first consumer high definition video disc.
* 1995 - Fox Video assumes the
20th Century Fox Home Entertainmentname for the first time, with the release of the Star Wars Trilogyfor the last time in its original format, while keeping the Fox Video name.
* 1996 -
DVDis launched in Japan
* 1997 - DVD is launched in the
* 1998 - DVD is launched in
Europeand Australia. The CBS/Fox name is dropped.
* 1999 - The Fox Video name is dropped.
DeCSSis released, opening the doors for large-scale DVD piracy.
= 21st century =
* 2000 -
* 2001 - The Japanese film
Tokyo Raidersbecomes the last film released on Laserdisc.
* 2002 -
D-VHSD-Theater high definition movies are finally available and affordable.
* 2003 -
WMV HDlaunched with the arrival of the movie " Standing in the Shadows of Motown".
* 2004 -
* 2005 -
* 2006 -
HD DVDlaunched on April 18, 2006; Blu-ray Disclaunched on June 20. After nearly 30 years, VHS ends as a format for major motion pictures.
* 2007 - AACS is circumvented.
* 2008 - Blu-Ray Becomes new video medium after long competition with HD-DVD.
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