TWiG topic show episode 132- Home video formats



Ever since the dawn of cinema people dreamt of being able to take the movie home and watch it at their own leisure. This month TWIG is delving into the formats that allowed you to recapture television, and create your own private movie theatres. The long storied history is filled with wars, betrayal, and innovation. No stone is left unturned in the great war to entertain. 8mm, 16mm, vhs, betamax, laserdisc, videodisc, dvd, blu ray, hd dvd, and now streaming all get discussed in detail.

What were the deciding factors of the format wars? What collectibles should you keep close with you at all times? The TWIG crew is cracking out their tube tv’s this month in honour of the building blocks of our nerddom. Welcome to the home media roundtable.

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Mike Dodd (113 Posts)

Birdman was born on October 20th 1981 and has been here there and everywhere, traveling across Canada and the USA as often as he can. However he calls Owen Sound,Ontario,Canada home for the most part, despite it being similar to Mos Eisley Spaceport. Grew up in the sticks of mid western Ontario and usually found absorbing data from all sorts of different sources, video games, movies and occasionally pirated TV. However it wasn’t till Mike heard the voice from the Kingdom of Nye, Art Bell that he knew he found something interesting and kept an ear to the world of radio broadcasting. Years later when the time finally came to get it together and head off to college, Mike choose the world of Television production from his experience of Rogers television as a technical producer but that would not last as his career choice. A chance encounter with an individual named Steve Saylor changed his future once and for all and the rest they say is History….