List of years in home video
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This page indexes the individual year in home video pages. Some years are annotated with a significant event as a reference point.
- 1971 - Year U-matic launched
- 1972 - Year Cartrivision launched
- 1975 - Year Beta launched
- 1976 - Year VHS launched
- 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.
- August 23 – VHS is introduced in the United States.
- 1978 - Laserdisc player launched. MCA issues Universal Studios film library onto laserdisc, and later adds Warner Bros. and Disney film libraries as well.
- 1979 - Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures form Home Video Divisions; Video Store Magazine (now Home Media Magazine) established as the industry's first trade.
- 1980 - Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment enters the home video market. MCA, Inc. establishes MCA Videocassette, Inc. for VHS and Betamax releases of the Universal City Studios products.
- 1981 - Year CED and Wizard Video launched. Magnetic Video reorganized into Twentieth Century Fox Video. NBC signs video distribution deal through Warner Home 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 Wars is released on home video-cassette, becoming one of the most demanded videos of all time.
- 1983 - JVC launches VHD format in Japan. Following a merger in 1982 between Twentieth Century Fox Video and CBS Video Enterprises, CBS/Fox Video is launched to the home video market, with divisions Key Video and Playhouse Video. In Japan, the Bandai-Emotion label is launched on VHS, and becomes one of the biggest selling Japanese home video labels of all time.
- 1984 - The Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc. decision (aka Betamax case). Following the so-called 'video nasty' British tabloid furore, the Video Recordings Act 1984 is introduced resulting in all feature films having to be certified by the British Board of Film Classification. The pioneering American home video company The Criterion Collection is founded, which introduced letterboxing, commentary tracks and special editions that would become standards for the home video industry.
- 1985 - Heron Communications launches the Hi-Tops Video label.
- 1986 - Video Gems is launched, and becomes a top seller in the UK home video market.
- 1988 - MGM gains home video rights to all United Artists titles.
- 1989 - PBS begins video distribution through Pacific Arts.
- 1990 - CBS/FOX reorganized. Fox Video is formed to release mainstream Fox product in the US, while CBS/Fox Video remains for other products such as BBC Video and other non-Fox projects.
- 1992 - Fujitsu gets credit for producing the first full-color plasma display panel in 1992. The very first prototype for a plasma display monitor was invented in July 1964 at the University of Illinois by professors Donald Bitzer and Gene Slottow, and then graduate student Robert Willson.
- 1994 - MUSE Hi-Vision LaserDisc is launched on 20 May in Japan. The first consumer high definition video disc.
- 1995 - Fox Video assumes the 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment name for the first time, with the release of the Star Wars Trilogy for the last time in its original format, while keeping the Fox Video name.
- 1996 - DVD is launched in Japan
- 1997 - DVD is launched in the United States. Philips produced the first plasma television to be sold to consumers – the display was 42-inches diagonally and begged a premium price of $15,000.
- 1998 - DVD is launched in Europe and Australia. The CBS/Fox name is dropped.
- 1999 - The Fox Video name is dropped. DeCSS is released, opening the doors for large-scale DVD copyright infringment.
- 2001 - The Japanese film Tokyo Raiders becomes the last film released on Laserdisc.
- 2002 - D-VHS D-Theater high definition films are finally available and affordable. The home media company Flicker Alley is established.
- 2003 - WMV HD launched with the arrival of the film Standing in the Shadows of Motown.
- 2004 - The film festival Il Cinema Ritrovato holds its first DVD Awards.
- 2006 - HD DVD launched on 18 April; Blu-ray Disc launched on 20 June. 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. British home media company Eureka Entertainment acquires and consolidates the Masters of Cinema organization.
- 2016 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray launched. Kino Classics releases the Blu-ray/DVD box set "Pioneers of African-American Cinema", which collects numerous restored films by African American filmmakers from the first half of the 20th century.
- 2018 - Kino Classics will release the Blu-ray/DVD box set "Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers", which curates numerous restored films by women filmmakers from the early decades of cinema.
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- Virshup, Amy (1 July 1996). "The Teachings of Bob Stein". Wired. Condé Nast. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
- Ulaby, Neba (12 June 2004). "Criterion DVD Collection". NPR. NPR. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
- "About". Flicker Alley. Flicker Alley. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
- "Masters of Cinema". Eureka. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
- Orndorf, Brian (17 July 2016). "Pioneers of African American Cinema Blu-ray Review". Blu-ray.com. Blu-ray.com. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
- "Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers (DVD)". Kino Lorber. KinoLorber. Retrieved 29 September 2018.