Ed Driscoll

VHS "Soon To Be An Ex-Format"

Ever since DVD took off as a format, the clock has been ticking on the lifespan of VHS, which is has been around for at least 25 years. The Digital Bits reports that it’s just been dealt another blow–20th Century Fox will not be releasing Revenge of the Sith onto videotape:

Finally this morning (our last news item), there’s confirmation from 20th Century Fox and Lucasfilm that the release of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, certain to be one of the biggest sellers of the year, will be DVD only. There will be no VHS version released. You can read more at Video Business. It’s just one more sign that VHS is soon to be an ex-format.

Considering what a wonderfully flexible format DVD is–both recordable DVD and its older, pre-recorded cousin–it can’t happen quickly enough.