From being mistaken to stand for: Very High Speed to Very High Sound, the acronym VHS has baffled both Generations Y and Z – those aged 30 and below, as to what exactly it stands for. 

For those of us who grew up or were already around from and during the 80s and early 2000s, the acronym is nothing new. 

In fact, it’s highly likely that, at one time or another, we most probably heard, saw, used, watched and were the subject of a VHS-related product, a VHS video cassette or tape. 

VHS actually stands for: Video Home System. 

From the mid-1970s until about the mid-2000s, the VHS was the technical requirement for the domestic recording of analog signals and audio for later playback. 

Generally speaking, video is defined as an electronic medium for recording, copying, playback, broadcasting and displaying moving visual media. 

Over the years, various video systems have emerged. These are: magnetic tape, VHS, optical discs, computer files and, most recently, network streaming.

Each is compatible with either an analog or digital visual system.

From the 1950s, video could be recorded and stored on magnetic tape using a Video Tape Recorder (VTR). Then, VTRs were only used in television studios.

By the 1970s, however, this all changed with the introduction of Video Cassette Recorders (VCRs), Video Cassette players and JVC’s VHS video cassettes – all for home use!

What then did VHS stand for?

For television stations, VCRs and VHS meant a possible loss in viewership and therefore business.

For viewers, the new entrants meant variety, independence, and control over their viewing lifestyles and content.   

The Best Way to Play VHS is to Convert 

As earlier explained, video was initially developed for mechanical television systems that were later replaced by analog Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) and digital flat panel displays.

The result was different video systems, each compatible with either an analog or digital visual system. 

In the 1980s, when most of us were either growing up, in junior high, getting married or starting a family, VHS video cassettes were the go-to video media for recording all our memories and analog playback.

Fast-forward (pun intended) 40 years later and, alas, both our analog CRT televisions and VHS have become almost obsolete – overthrown by younger video media formats and display panels. 

Yep! The 2020s have new display and video systems which will either not technologically speak to our big old VCRs, or are just incompatible with our once trusty VHS cassettes.  

Coming in optical disc, computer file and network streaming formats, most are only compatible with digital visual systems. 

So, much for our memory filled VHS tapes. It looks like time and technology just won’t allow us to revisit our VHS memories.

That is, unless we can convert or digitize their content to updated video media formats like Thumb Drives, DVDs, or Digital Files.

Contact Us To Convert Your VHS Tapes    

If you have old family memories and recordings stored on VHS tapes that you want to update to a modern media file, either for safekeeping or for easier playback, then please do not hesitate to contact us today.

We would be delighted to help preserve your memories in a digital file, so that you can easily view or share these memories with your family and friends.