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
  • 1973
  • 1974
  • 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.[1]
  • 1978 - Laserdisc player launched.[2] 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.



  • 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.
  • 1991
  • 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.
  • 1993
  • 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.[2] 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.




  1. ^ CED in the History of Media Technology (accessed 8 April 2011)
  2. ^ a b Cornell University Library (2003). "Digital Preservation and Technology Timeline". Digital Preservation Management. USA. Retrieved August 2015.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ Virshup, Amy (1 July 1996). "The Teachings of Bob Stein". Wired. Condé Nast. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Ulaby, Neba (12 June 2004). "Criterion DVD Collection". NPR. NPR. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Orndorf, Brian (17 July 2016). "Pioneers of African American Cinema Blu-ray Review". Retrieved 16 April 2018.