VCR/Blu-ray combo

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A VCR/Blu-ray combo is a relatively new multiplex or converged device, convenient for consumers who wish to use both VHS tapes and the newer, high-definition Blu-ray Disc technology.

When Blu-ray Disc players went on the market in mid-2006, the final major Hollywood motion picture on VHS (David Cronenberg's A History of Violence) had already been released.[1] Nonetheless, some homes still had a large supply of VHS tapes due to its nearly-30 year built-in consumer supply. Even blank VHS tapes are still available for purchase.

Though such devices are still expensive, they have become more common because they play six different media formats (or more depending on secondary features): VHS, Blu-ray, DVD, CD, SD card, USB (on some models) and—if connected to the Internet--BD Live. Most of these formats are carried over from standalone Blu-ray Disc players, as Blu-ray Disc players are designed to play DVDs and CDs by default in addition to Blu-ray Discs, and most Blu-ray Disc players come equipped with BD Live capabilities as well as an SD card slot to have a still picture slideshow or show personal home movies.

These devices make them among the only VCRs to be equipped with an HDMI port for HDTV viewing.

Until recently,[when?] Panasonic was the only company offering a VCR/Blu-ray combo. Currently,[when?] VCR/DVD combo devices with DVD-recording capability are less expensive than VCRs with playback-only Blu-ray capability.


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