Betamax, you've had a good run. Almost 40 years since Sony first introduced the magnetic media for recording television programs, the company announced it will be retiring the format in March 2016.
Perhaps the bigger news to come out of this is the fact that Sony has been producing Betamax tapes all along, in spite of the fact that the format was bested in the 1980s by JVC's VHS format, which then gave way to DVDs. The format war flared up again briefly with the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray battle of the early 21st century, but Betamax was there, all along, watching from the shadows.
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