Funai Electric, which claims to be the world’s last VCR manufacturer,
says it will cease production of the machines this month.
Funai started manufacturing video-cassette recorders in 1983, and at one
point was selling 15 million units a year. Alas, the clunky VCR has
since been replaced by an array of new technologies: DVDs, Blu-ray, and
now, streaming video services.
Last year, Funai sold 750,000 units, and found it was getting harder to
find the parts to make VCRs.
A Funai spokesperson said that customers have been to the company and
asking where they can find the last few products.
VCRs for home use were introduced in the 1960s, gaining traction after
Sony brought lower-priced models to market. Other Japanese
manufacturers, including Panasonic, RCA, JVC and Toshiba, were also
instrumental in developing the VCR.