Week 6--Sony Does the Impossible.pdf - Lesson 6\u2014Sony Does the Impossible CCT334 \u2013 History and Theory of Game Production Prepared by Jason MacIsaac

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Lesson 6—Sony Does the Impossible CCT334 – History and Theory of Game Production Prepared by Jason MacIsaac [email protected] Sheridan College/UTM 2020-02-10
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Part I: How We Used to Consume
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“That was a great episode. I’d like to see it again. “What do you mean I can’t?”
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Doctor Who: The Lost Episodes The idea that people would want to collect a show is relatively new The BBC used to erase programs after they’d aired to recycle tapes and save storage space 97 of the 253 episodes that aired during the first six years of Doctor Who are missing
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Syndication/Repeats TV shows were written with syndication in mind Build up a few seasons, then air episodes daily Shows were written to be self- contained, so you could pick up the general premise from a single show If you discovered Star Trek: The Next Generation at Season 4, episode 10, you wouldn’t be too lost
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“That was a great movie. I’d like to see it again.” What do you mean I can’t?”
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First Time on Television! Prior to 1975, if you liked a movie and wanted to see it again, there were very few options Wait until it comes back on the “revival” circuit Wait until it comes to cable TV
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In the mid-1970s, Sony and JVC changed the way both movies and TV shows were consumed. “You want to see that again? No problem.”
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The Birth of the Home Video Market 1975: Sony introduces the Betamax recorder 1976: JVC introduces the VHS recorder Now, you can rent or even buy movies and record a TV show! A video format war begins
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Beta is Better! The beta format provided higher quality pictures than VHS The tape-winding mechanism could switch quickly from one mode to another Cassettes were smaller Hi-fi sound tracks didn't cause any problems for high-speed duplication Beta equipment became popular with professional TV and video production for many years
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Video Home System (VHS) Business Model JVC was much more open with licensing the technology to others VHS were made by MANY different companies, providing more consumer choice and competetive prices Sony was more strict and expensive (which also put the price up for the consumers)
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Beta is Dead! Initial beta tapes allowed you to record one hour of quality video VHS let you tape three hours A two-hour tape was later devised, but not all Betamax machines supported it
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The Importance of Porn One of the reasons we have a home video market? Pornography Prior to the dawn of the home video market, pornographic movies could only be seen in theatres Once you had a VCR, you could watch it in the privacy of your home The porn market flourished, as did the home video market
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VHS Wins (By A WIDE Margin) By 1988, 170 million VCRs sold worldwide, with just 20 million being Beta (12%) Sony gave up on Beta in 1988
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And Now… Getting old TV shows and movies is easier than ever If you discover a series in mid- run, just pick up the box set and catch up Or download it from your streaming service of choice
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Serialization If audiences can now easily pick up older episodes and rewatch them… …we can now build stories that evolve from episode to episode About the 1990s, serialization became a more common feature of TV shows
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