VHD in the UK - how 1980s UK missed out on this interactive video & games format

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  • Published on Apr 19, 2019
  • VHD was a home videodisc format never launched to the public outside of Japan. However it was funded by a UK company and was due to come out here in 1982. This is the story of VHD in the UK featuring early demo footage and rare PAL discs.
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    A ‘comedy’ re-edit of the VHD demo disc thexvid.com/video/LIXA8bF_VXY/video.html
    In case anyone is wondering - Yes I checked and captured all the contents of both sides of every disc I purchased. The UK demo disc is not in my possession. The seller did not own a VHD player or any other discs.
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  • Enevan1968
    Enevan1968 16 days ago

    I guess that Japanese kid that couldn't play Highway Star became a vicious cult leader...

  • David Edward
    David Edward 17 days ago

    10:50 for anyone interested:
    評価 (hyouka): assessment, inspection
    現象 (genshuu): phenomenon, observation
    反転 (hanten): turning over
    Most of the notes are about whether issues are 小 (small), 中 (medium), or 大 (large). Some of the handwriting was too sloppy for me to read.

  • Steve Powell
    Steve Powell 28 days ago +1

    25:13 -- 80s girls were gorgeous

  • jayc
    jayc Month ago

    Awesome presentation thanks

  • Steve Waller
    Steve Waller Month ago

    16:45 a Techmoan callout to find long lost love, cue the song, No Mercy, where did you go.

  • II II
    II II 2 months ago

    Even worse than those Mega CD FMV games...

  • margus kiis
    margus kiis 2 months ago

    "Convoy" was a huge hit in Soviet Union btw.

  • MrRTVtech
    MrRTVtech 2 months ago

    The only memory i have of the actual use of laserdisc is with the arcade game "Dragons Lair" (1983). The graphics and interaction of that game were revolutionary in comparison with Donkey Kong and Pacman. thexvid.com/video/JdMyLFsp5Tk/video.html

  • SWalkerTTU
    SWalkerTTU 2 months ago

    Missed opportunity: the section of the demo video after the ASICS in-store demo appeared to be related to SoftBank, now a major conglomerate that owns both a mobile phone network and a baseball team.

    • emir0721
      emir0721 7 days ago

      The bank which invested in Alibaba and WeWork? Whoa.

  • Jay Swarrow
    Jay Swarrow 2 months ago

    What are the odds, that "blank" disc in the wrap *is* the demo disc from the empty caddy..?
    32:48 - Who needed an interactive slideshow about roaring down the motorway, when your "average" hatchback had 3,5 liter v8, manual gearbox and rear drive... so you could just go out and have it "realtime 3d surround sound G-force enchanced"

  • Albertus Drost
    Albertus Drost 2 months ago

    I don't know the propper English term, but in the Netherlands we have something called "citaatrecht" (Google-translate: citation law). A single bar of music in the background should not be a problem. You don't make money on half a bar of someones music, do you? But then again, some laws are weird....

  • CoolAsFreya
    CoolAsFreya 2 months ago

    Ok but Thorn EMI's logo looks like a buttcrack

  • Martin Wooder
    Martin Wooder 3 months ago

    Music reminds me of captain of her heart

  • KOB
    KOB 3 months ago

    This system ran my favourite operating system, OS-9, not to be confused with MacOS9 which is ~nothing~ like it. OS-9 was produced by Microware in the US, it was a fully real-time, multitasking, windowing, mouse-oriented, unix-like OS that ran in half a meg of memory and was up and running on my (upgraded) Tandy COCO-3 in 1985. Brilliant system. BTW, the Space Shuttle also used OS-9 because of its high reliability, and real-time features (wherein the right answer at the wrong time is the wrong answer). In fact, I don't think there's ever been a fully real-time OS for consumers EVER (and still) other than Microware's OS-9. Certainly no unix or linux I've ever used is real-time, Windows and the various Mac OSs (even when they went unix core) is real time. It was brilliant because all code was re-entrant so if both of us wanted to use the word processor, for example, we only had unique data space, we executed the same module in memory. Brilliant stuff. BTW, it was named OS-9 for the Motorola 6809 and later was called OSK when it ran over the 680x0.

  • Nick
    Nick 3 months ago

    18:55 in the middle left, one of the rarest items, japan's version of the SCART cable. it had different pinouts from europe's version, and thats all i could find on it

  • Andrew Flint
    Andrew Flint 3 months ago

    Did they find the girl in the video

  • CanuckGod
    CanuckGod 3 months ago

    17:03 TFW the little preschool Japanese girl playing with the VHD system educational game was roughly your age at the time... and you're both in your 40s now...

  • Jack Frost
    Jack Frost 3 months ago

    Have you tried putting the disk in the clear case into the empty case and then maybe you could play it.

  • Reinard Harmse
    Reinard Harmse 4 months ago +1

    It just occurred to me that the disc in the clear case could possibly be the missing demo disc.

    • emir0721
      emir0721 7 days ago

      Nah, it's another Arabesque disc. As shown in the end of the VHD in the US video.

  • diecast jam
    diecast jam 4 months ago

    The Speccy game Tornado Low Level (TLL) was made by Thorn EMI, really great game too, thinking about it I guess Thorn EMI probably had something to do with building the real Tornado.

  • Peter Boland
    Peter Boland 4 months ago

    1980s version of the PlayStation?

  • Hairy Coo
    Hairy Coo 4 months ago

    Might interest some
    thexvid.com/video/AHryQ0cwanA/video.html

  • Justin Hall
    Justin Hall 4 months ago

    Sir Moan of Techshire, I was wondering which equipment you used to listen to music in your various cars during the 80's and 90's and onwards . Myself I had Alpine cassette decks with an Alpine Amp and Infinity speakers which I stuck with but just upgrading the decks as and when I could afford . I know this isn't Top Gear but I would also love to know the cars you had ? I had an amp to put my music out of the speakers in my car but not to frighten old ladies at bus Stops !!!!!

  • GamingNerds101
    GamingNerds101 5 months ago

    Im just entirely amazed.
    The 1st VHD disc video I saw the Convoy and I got amazed that that movie is there and disappointed that i never get to see it.
    Then I saw The VHD video for the us and notice the still from this video from as a recap. (I didn't see this video until now)
    Then I went into this video and oh my god there it is
    Techmoan:"the only pal VHD with a full movie"
    I think my luck just ran out at this point. Im just so glad to see that.

  • Bradley Hove
    Bradley Hove 5 months ago

    Dad Conference

  • Paul Hayes
    Paul Hayes 6 months ago

    Does anyone else see a monstrous face on the hole diagram graphic in the golf game...?

  • CoTeCiOtm
    CoTeCiOtm 6 months ago

    Man, that kid surely wanted to kick his father out of the computer to play Highway Star!

  • Stevenandnicola123
    Stevenandnicola123 6 months ago +1

    Have you seen the 'Risk' BBC programme from the early 80's here on TheXvid? It shows you the 3 disc formats and their introduction into the UK.

  • Jim Tanner
    Jim Tanner 6 months ago +1

    I keep hoping for a follow up where they find the women in the video

    • emir0721
      emir0721 7 days ago

      Is there any dedicated social media search thread?

  • Mesquite Automotive
    Mesquite Automotive 6 months ago

    That video is pure a e s t h i c

  • Ethan Auburn
    Ethan Auburn 6 months ago

    Haha I can't believe there was a content match for the instrumental backing of some obscure 1980s (21:26) promotional video. Enjoyed the dub anyways!

  • DAVID GREGORY KERR
    DAVID GREGORY KERR 6 months ago

    Is that not the same as the RCA Selectavision.

  • Dustin 2112
    Dustin 2112 6 months ago

    I'm pretty sure that segment with the girl calling for a reservation... was later turned into a porno.

  • Scott mor
    Scott mor 6 months ago +1

    1980s were great time for technology

  • Mehmet Layık
    Mehmet Layık 6 months ago

    16:17 Pretty woman

  • constantinos schinas
    constantinos schinas 7 months ago

    hot girl. brooke shields look alike.

  • BEAST BOOST
    BEAST BOOST 7 months ago

    Woop Swindon! Actually useful for something. If you can't tell I'm from Swindon anyone else?

  • The Hoodie Guy
    The Hoodie Guy 7 months ago

    317.5 MB in 1980s?
    Wasted potentials in VHD, really.

  • ugzz
    ugzz 7 months ago

    Definitely crack open the demo! Also.. i need to watch convoy now :)

  • Bondedwithpotatoes007
    Bondedwithpotatoes007 7 months ago

    They only did it 'cause of fame!
    Who?




    EMI!

  • yumyumrazon
    yumyumrazon 7 months ago

    No UMD Disc reviews?

  • Violet Evergarden
    Violet Evergarden 7 months ago

    Imagine those amazing VHD demo videos were used for a vaporwave or synthwave music video

  • Dagley Media
    Dagley Media 7 months ago

    The possibilities of the VHD technology is pretty amazing for the 80's. Too bad it never caught on.

  • Franklin Sharp
    Franklin Sharp 7 months ago

    We had one of those big disk movie players in the 80s I think my parents probably still have it.

    • David James
      David James 6 months ago

      It was only sold in Japan. Where did your parents get it?

  • RiderLeangle2
    RiderLeangle2 7 months ago

    11:97 I can't believe Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge was on VHD

  • Movie Music
    Movie Music 7 months ago +5

    Female model on 16:16 looks very much alike to Deborah Ann Gaetano, female model from british QVC Channel.

    • David James
      David James 6 months ago +1

      Wow she does! Maybe she's DAG's mother!

  • UKDavid
    UKDavid 7 months ago

    BRILLIANT ! Thanks for such a superb explanation of an important but forgotten technology.

  • The Retro Byte
    The Retro Byte 7 months ago

    ferguson videostar. The bread and butter of any Radio Rentals Store..

  • The Retro Byte
    The Retro Byte 7 months ago

    Oh wow. As a former Thorn EMI employee i will be taking a good look at this later..Techmoan you are a Legend...

  • boeingnz
    boeingnz 7 months ago +1

    Japanese call Optimus Prime as Convoy.
    Because of the movie I think.

  • Southern Pimp
    Southern Pimp 7 months ago

    Johnny Rotten: EMI!!!

  • BlownMacTruck
    BlownMacTruck 7 months ago

    The woman booking a hotel at 25:06 is having the most relaxing conversation ever.

  • C Hall
    C Hall 7 months ago

    hello, i've been watching your content for a while now and i think your videos are absolutely fascinating, right now i'm in the market for a cassete deck, is there any particular model you would recommend that isn't too expensive? also what model do you have?

  • GiggleSkull
    GiggleSkull 7 months ago

    Do you have any interest in doing a video on DVD Recorders? I own 2 of them. When I mention it to most people, they have never heard of that type of technology. It would be fascinating to hear the history and development of DVD Recorders by the great techmoan. Thank you for all the content on technology through the years

  • Paavo Ylönen
    Paavo Ylönen 7 months ago

    Arabesque, without them Sandra would have never been the pop star she was in the 1980s.

  • F1ReB4LL
    F1ReB4LL 7 months ago

    26:36 Giga Bites!

  • Dominic D'Apice
    Dominic D'Apice 7 months ago

    Did you ever review this? thexvid.com/video/cW7jvmoLQ7o/video.html

  • 1Thunderfire
    1Thunderfire 7 months ago

    I live in Blackburn and I find it intriguing there was a laser disc manufacturer plant here. I wonder where exactly?

    • Borat426
      Borat426 4 months ago

      Philips Road surprisingly enough. Most of the Laserdiscs manufactured there in the 1980s turned out to be defective and suffered from disc rot. They also made defective CDs for several years before selling the plant to another company.

  • Marcin R
    Marcin R 7 months ago

    Can You release for a month some cat videos, You really deserve 1M subscribers, and I lost my patience :)

  • verycarla67
    verycarla67 7 months ago +12

    if anyone else is wondering what the song the guy at 18:24 is singing is, it's Shikuramen no Kahori (The Scent of Cyclamen). yes, i typed in the Japanese lyrics and did a search. it looks like it was first released by Akira Fuse back in the mid-70s. you can search 布施明 シクラメンのかほり and see a live performance from 1975. quite a lovely song.
    also, 52-year-old woman here. *waves*