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VHS tapes have served us well since 1976 when JVC introduced the format in the United States. By 1988, VHS had officially won out over competing formats and became the standard for home and institutional use.

The advent of DVD-Video, introduced in the late 90's, quickly won over consumers, the entertainment industry and educational institutions. By 2003, DVD rentals had surpassed VHS and in 2006 most major studios stopped releasing VHS tapes in favor of DVDs. In December of 2008, the last VHS media left a closeout warehouse in California, officially signaling the end of the VHS era.

Many of us, however, retain a collection of VHS tapes. Logical questions that arise are: What will become of my collection? What do I do in my classroom? Can my VHS tapes be converted to a different format. How long will VHS equipment be supported?

To answer these questions, ITS needs your help. To understand the usage and pervasiveness of VHS here at Ithaca College, we would appreciate your participation in a brief poll, which will help us make better decisions regarding support and transition alternatives for our faculty and staff.

Please visit
to respond to our poll today. You may direct any questions or concerns to Mark Hine at or 274-5700.

Together, we will ensure a smooth transition from the now-legacy VHS format. Thank you in advance for your participation and assistance.

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