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A videophile (literally, "one who loves sight") is one who is concerned with achieving high-quality results in the recording and playback of movies, TV programs, etc.
Similar to audiophile values, videophile values may be applied at all stages of the chain: the initial audio-visual recording, the video production process, and the playback (usually in a home setting). As with audiophiles, videophiles are generally criticised with being able to recognise differences that are usually imperceptible to most other people; however, video has many more objective ways to measure quality (though one's opinion over what is more favourable can vary), expanding the range of debate substantially.
The term "videophile" was popularised, if not coined, by Tallahassee, Florida-based attorney and writer Jim Lowe, editor and publisher of "The Videophile's Newsletter," the first issue of which appeared in the summer of 1976. This was the first publication to unite fans of the Sony Betamax home video recorder (and later VHS, introduced in 1977). The newsletter later became "The Videophile," a nationally distributed magazine, the last issue of which was published in 1981.
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