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  Betamax - Uncyclopedia
Betamax is a red super-giant star, one of the physically largest stars known.
The Betamax system, which comprises the planets Pro, Consumer, and Digibeta (launched in 1993), is home to the descendants of the numerous fractions of the Nazi leadership that managed to escape there in the closing months of WWII.
The Moon, destroyed by the Betamax forces prior to the invasion as a demonstration of power, was partially rebuilt in the 80's and 90's.
uncyclopedia.org /wiki/Betamax   (348 words)

 Betamax PALsite : The Betamax Format
The Betamax system developed by Sony in the 1970's uses a U-loading similar to that employed by the professional U-matic format.
Unique to the Betamax format are two small springs which tension plastic tips to bias the tape as it travels around the drum.
Betamax leader tape consists of metallic material that, when they come into the proximity of the sensor, cause it to saturate and the oscillator to stop.
www.palsite.com /format.html   (597 words)

 BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Film | Betamax finally laid to rest
Betamax video recorders are finally being phased out almost 20 years after losing the battle for dominance of the home video market to VHS.
Betamax was launched in 1975, and won many fans who said it was better quality than its VHS rival.
Some 2.3 million Betamax machines were sold worldwide in its peak year, 1984, but it soon went downhill as VHS became the format of choice for the film rental industry and in homes.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/entertainment/film/2220972.stm   (346 words)

 EFF: The Betamax Case
Universal Studios, or the Betamax case, is a landmark copyright case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1984 that has sheltered a wide array of technology innovators from lawsuits at the hands of the entertainment industries.
In the Betamax case, the Supreme Court ruled that a company was not liable for creating a technology that some customers may use for copyright infringing purposes, so long as the technology is capable of substantial non-infringing uses.
Recently, the Betamax decision was reaffirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in MGM v.
www.eff.org /legal/cases/betamax   (1022 words)

 Betamax Case
Sony Corporation of America Inc. et al., commonly known as the Betamax case, was the first concerted legal response of the American film industry to the home video revolution.
The Betamax case was filed in the U.S. Federal District Court of Los Angeles in November 1976 and went to trial on 30 January 1979.
The Betamax case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which reversed the appeals court decision on 17 January 1984.
www.museum.tv /archives/etv/B/htmlB/betamaxcase/betamaxcase.htm   (841 words)

 My VoIP Provider - Betamax   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Betamax GmbH and Co KG (www.betamax.com) is a company registered in Cologne, Germany.
Betamax, specifically www.voipstunt.com, are sporadically using banners to advertise a dial-through operator in the US.
Shortly before the transfer to Betamax they started to consolidate all of their services on servers operated by TVIconnect BV, who are PSTN termination providers for callshops across Europe.
www.myvoipprovider.com /blogcategory/Betamax   (1163 words)

 Guardian Unlimited Technology | Technology | Why VHS was better than Betamax   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
I "knew" Betamax was superior -- that was the received wisdom, even at the time - and maybe it was, in a lab.
Betamax was the first successful consumer video format, and at one time it had close to 100% of the market.
Betamax was not generally more expensive: Sony had to slash its original high prices but generally it was competitive.
www.guardian.co.uk /online/comment/story/0,12449,881780,00.html   (1353 words)

 BBC NEWS | UK | R.I.P. Betamax videos
Though Betamax sold 2.3 million units in 1984, VHS was not to be beaten.
Betamax played to dwindling audiences, with Walt Disney stopping its distribution of Betamax tapes in the mid-1990s.
Though a short and sad life of unfulfilled potential, Betamax's select band of mourners might care to reflect that even at the end, the format could put on a class act.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/uk/2221797.stm   (390 words)

 Betamax   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Betamax is a telecom operator which provides affordable and easy-to-use telecommunications services to residential and small business customers.
Betamax was founded in 2005 in Germany by a group of marketing experts.
Funding from private investors and venture capitalists allowed for a rapid market roll-out of a variety of products which are powered by Betamax.
www.betamax.com   (104 words)

When Sony developed the Betamax, they tried to get Matsushita and JVC's support, but they were unable to get it due to Matsushita and JVC's bitterness over previous the previous joint effort of the U-matic.
When the Betamax was launched in February 1976, it was the only available consumer video recording technology.
Though Betamax was essentially superior in every other respect, JVC's decision to maximize recording time won the VCR market.
projects.olin.edu /ahs/HOT2004/Failure/betamax.htm   (807 words)

 SONY CORP. OF AMER. v. UNIVERSAL CITY STUDIOS, INC., 464 U.S. 417 (1984)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The separate tuner in the Betamax enables it to record a broadcast off one station while the television set is tuned to another channel, permitting the viewer, for example, to watch two simultaneous news broadcasts by watching one "live" and recording the other for later viewing.
A timer in the Betamax can be used to activate and deactivate the equipment at predetermined [p*423] times, enabling an intended viewer to record programs that are transmitted when he or she is not at home.
For example, their survey indicated that 7.3 of all Betamax use is to record sports events, and representatives of professional baseball, football, basketball, and hockey testified that they had no objection to the recording of their televised events for home use.
www.law.cornell.edu /copyright/cases/464_US_417.htm   (17722 words)

 Betamax - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Betamax introduced high fidelity audio to videotape, as Betahifi.
Despite the sharp decline in sales of Betamax recorders in the late 1980s and subsequent halt in production of new recorders by Sony in 2002, the format is still being used by a small number of people, most of whom are collectors or hobbyists.
Size comparison between a Betamax casette and a VHS casette.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Betamax   (3522 words)

 Sony v. Universal Studios Decision (1984)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Betamax VTR is a mechanism consisting of three basic components: (1) a tuner, which receives
The respondents and Sony both conducted surveys of the way the Betamax machine was used by several hundred owners during a sample period in 1978.
The question is thus whether the Betamax is capable of commercially significant noninfringing uses.
www.eff.org /legal/cases/sony_v_universal_decision.html   (11354 words)

 The Betamax vs VHS Format War
Sony's Betamax video standard was introduced in 1975, followed a year later by JVC's VHS.
Betamax production in America ended in 1993, and the last Betamax machine in the world was produced in Japan in 2002.
Of course, both Betamax and VHS were eventually made obsolete by digital technology.
www.mediacollege.com /video/format/compare/betamax-vhs.html   (432 words)

 - P-to-P appeal centers on Napster, Betamax cases - Internet Business News
At the heart of the legal debate, participants agree, is a precedent set in the 1984 Sony Corp. case, commonly referred to as the "Betamax case", after Sony's home video recording technology.
In the hearing Tuesday, lawyers for Grokster and Streamcast cast their clients' software as a latter-day Betamax: technology that can be used for illegal infringement of copyrighted material, but which has many other, legal applications.
However, the final decision could take one of a number of forms, from a strict upholding of the Sony Betamax ruling, to a new interpretation of that ruling that sets forth a formula by which proper use and improper use of a technology can be weighed.
www.thestandard.com /article.php?story=20040204174846802&mode=print   (783 words)

 Save Betamax - National Call-In Day September 14   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Here's why: The Betamax VCR died more than 15 years ago, but the Supreme Court decision that made the Betamax and all other VCRs legal lived on.
And the freedom to use and develop new technology that was protected by the Betamax decision set the stage for the incredible growth in computer technology we've seen in the last few decades.
Because the major record labels and the movie studios-- the same companies that opposed the Betamax ruling-- make huge donations to the re-election campaigns of the Senators who are sponsoring this legislation.
www.savebetamax.org   (778 words)

 Quiet end for obsolete Betamax as Sony plans to stop production   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Although the Betamax format was technically superior, it was quickly overrun by the rival VHS format, which captured more than 75 percent of the consumer market by the early 1980s.
Betamax recorders disappeared from store shelves at least a decade ago, as did most Betamax tapes.
The Betamax recorders' main legacy may be the landmark Supreme Court ruling in the 1984 Sony Betamax case.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/08/28/BU167884.DTL&type=business   (288 words)

 Can the Betamax save Napster? | Tech News on ZDNet
(sne) Betamax is one of the pillars of Napster's defense as it heads toward an Oct. 2 hearing before the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
It's no surprise that the Betamax case is playing so large a role in the Napster controversy, since the parallels between the two are striking.
The biggest difference is that in the Betamax case, an entire technology, the home VCR, would have been taken off the market if the suit had been successful.
news.zdnet.com /2100-9595_22-523817.html   (1359 words)

 A Short History of VHS versus Betamax   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
In 1972, an American company introduced a product called Cartrivision, which did many of the things that a Betamax was to later do although it traded off picture quality for a longer playing time.
After lengthy discussions the three firms agreed to have a meeting where the Betamax, VHS, and VX machines would be compared.
The difference was that Sony chose a smaller cassette size while JVC chose a larger cassette size with a two hour capacity.
gjohn.csom.umn.edu /mot/mot98/vcr.htm   (1025 words)

 Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S., also known as the "Betamax case", was a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States which ruled that the making of individual copies of complete television shows for purposes of time-shifting does not constitute copyright infringement, but is fair use.
The Court also ruled that the manufacturers of home video recording devices, such as Betamax or other VCRs (referred to as VTRs in the case), cannot be liable for infringement.
Universal Studios and the Walt Disney Company were among the film industry members who were wary of this development, but were also aware that the U.S. Congress was in the final stages of a major revision of U.S. copyright law, and would likely be hesitant to undertake any new protections for the film industry.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Sony_Corp._v._Universal_City_Studios   (1985 words)

 FAQ: Betamax--tech's favorite ruling | CNET News.com
At the core of the file-swapping dispute is an interpretation of the 20-year-old decision that made Sony's Betamax legal to sell in the United States.
The Betamax ruling established that it was possible to record media at home, as long as it was for personal use.
If Betamax had gone the other way, the explosion in VCRs, rental movies, home DVDs and digital video recorders couldn't have happened, or would likely have been slower and more expensive.
news.com.com /FAQ+...+favorite+ruling/2100-1027_3-5637912.html   (562 words)

 DVD Formats: Betamax vs VHS Revisited   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Even though Betamax was far superior to VHS, those who guessed Betamax were severely punished when the cheaper VHS standard won the majority of buyers.
Betamax purchasers were forced to relegate their machines to the junk pile and buy into the VHS standard.
Strains of the Betamax/VHS war were recently revived with the introduction of several competing standards for writable DVD drives.
www.compukiss.com /populartopics/tech_gadgetshtm/article953.htm   (552 words)

 Betamax   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The only early systems that had a lasting impact were VHS (invented by JVC) and Betamax, invented by Sony.
Betamax is technically superior to VHS yet surprisingly it lost the battle in an intensely competitive market.
The reasons for this are many and varied; you can read about them in some of the links but it basically boils down to marketing mistakes and bad luck on Sony's part.
homepage.ntlworld.com /hamidk/betamax.htm   (452 words)

 1975   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Betamax was invented by the Japanese company, Sony.
Betamax used a smaller cassette with a half inch tape and used a denser recording technique, called azimuth helical scanning.
The picture on the top is a Betamax recorder and the picture below it is a VHS recorder.
acad.bryant.edu /~ehu/h364proj/fall_97/gabriel/1975.html   (214 words)

 How Sony killed Betamax
Even the name that Sony gave to its device" -- Betamax," with its first and second syllables suggesting something both old and new -- blended into the language of the '70s as the generic term for video recorder.
It is a bitter irony, then, that the Beta format is about to disappear into the attic of history.
In the 13 years since Sony's first Betamax lit up the TV screen in Tokyo, 170 million VCRs have been sold around the world.
aroundcny.com /technofile/texts/howbetadied.htm   (775 words)

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