VHS Officially Dead, Blu-Ray Showing Signs of Life

Paul Lilly

The death of VHS may be old news, but now the cassette format has officially been ejected from the movie market. According to the Los Angeles Times , the last major supplier of VHS tapes has shipped its final truckload, driven by Ryan J. Kugler out of a Palm Harbor, Florida warehouse to Who-Cares, USA.

"It's dead, this is it, this is the last Christmas, without a doubt," said Kugler , 34, a Burbank businessman. "I was the last one buying VHS and the last one selling it, and I'm done. Anything left in a warehouse we'll just give away or throw away."

Meanwhile, DailyTech reports that things might finally be looking up for Blu-ray with "signs of quantifiable success." The news outlet points out increased sales in the high definition format, such as in Britain where consumers bought 462,500 Blu-ray discs in November, an increase of 165 percent from October. Blu-ray's share of the optical disc market is expected to double in France next year, and Europe expects to account for 2.5 million Blu-ray player sales in 2009 without factoring in Playstation 3 console sales.

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