VHD in the UK - how 1980s UK missed out on this interactive video & games format

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  • Published on Apr 19, 2019
  • VHD was a home videodisc format never launched to the public outside of Japan. However it was funded by a UK company and was due to come out here in 1982. This is the story of VHD in the UK featuring early demo footage and rare PAL discs.
    My original 2017 video about VHD in Japan: ruclip.com/video/fCWLaAwr3sM/video.html
    A ‘comedy’ re-edit of the VHD demo disc ruclip.com/video/LIXA8bF_VXY/video.html
    In case anyone is wondering - Yes I checked and captured all the contents of both sides of every disc I purchased. The UK demo disc is not in my possession. The seller did not own a VHD player or any other discs.
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  • Justin Hall
    Justin Hall 3 days ago

    Sir Moan of Techshire, I was wondering which equipment you used to listen to music in your various cars during the 80's and 90's and onwards . Myself I had Alpine cassette decks with an Alpine Amp and Infinity speakers which I stuck with but just upgrading the decks as and when I could afford . I know this isn't Top Gear but I would also love to know the cars you had ? I had an amp to put my music out of the speakers in my car but not to frighten old ladies at bus Stops !!!!!

  • GamingNerds101
    GamingNerds101 27 days ago

    Im just entirely amazed.
    The 1st VHD disc video I saw the Convoy and I got amazed that that movie is there and disappointed that i never get to see it.
    Then I saw The VHD video for the us and notice the still from this video from as a recap. (I didn't see this video until now)
    Then I went into this video and oh my god there it is
    Techmoan:"the only pal VHD with a full movie"
    I think my luck just ran out at this point. Im just so glad to see that.

  • Bradley Hove
    Bradley Hove 29 days ago

    Dad Conference

  • Paul Hayes
    Paul Hayes Month ago

    Does anyone else see a monstrous face on the hole diagram graphic in the golf game...?

  • CoTeCiOtm
    CoTeCiOtm Month ago

    Man, that kid surely wanted to kick his father out of the computer to play Highway Star!

  • Stevenandnicola123
    Stevenandnicola123 Month ago +1

    Have you seen the 'Risk' BBC programme from the early 80's here on RUclip? It shows you the 3 disc formats and their introduction into the UK.

  • Jim Tanner
    Jim Tanner Month ago +1

    I keep hoping for a follow up where they find the women in the video

  • Mesquite Automotive
    Mesquite Automotive 2 months ago

    That video is pure a e s t h i c

  • Ethan Auburn
    Ethan Auburn 2 months ago

    Haha I can't believe there was a content match for the instrumental backing of some obscure 1980s (21:26) promotional video. Enjoyed the dub anyways!

  • DAVID GREGORY KERR
    DAVID GREGORY KERR 2 months ago

    Is that not the same as the RCA Selectavision.

  • Dustin 2112
    Dustin 2112 2 months ago

    I'm pretty sure that segment with the girl calling for a reservation... was later turned into a porno.

  • Scott mor
    Scott mor 2 months ago +1

    1980s were great time for technology

  • Mehmet Layık
    Mehmet Layık 2 months ago

    16:17 Pretty woman

  • constantinos schinas
    constantinos schinas 2 months ago

    hot girl. brooke shields look alike.

  • BEAST BOOST
    BEAST BOOST 2 months ago

    Woop Swindon! Actually useful for something. If you can't tell I'm from Swindon anyone else?

  • The Hoodie Guy
    The Hoodie Guy 2 months ago

    317.5 MB in 1980s?
    Wasted potentials in VHD, really.

  • 1978garfield
    1978garfield 2 months ago

    24:08 That sign looks like it was made with masking tape.
    Notice the letters get smaller as it goes on?
    I wonder what edit of Convoy that is?

  • ugzz
    ugzz 2 months ago

    Definitely crack open the demo! Also.. i need to watch convoy now :)

  • Collateral Damadge 24/7

    They only did it 'cause of fame!
    Who?




    EMI!

  • yumyumrazon
    yumyumrazon 2 months ago

    No UMD Disc reviews?

  • Daniel Nicolas
    Daniel Nicolas 2 months ago

    Imagine those amazing VHD demo videos were used for a vaporwave or synthwave music video

  • Dagley Media
    Dagley Media 2 months ago

    The possibilities of the VHD technology is pretty amazing for the 80's. Too bad it never caught on.

  • Franklin Sharp
    Franklin Sharp 2 months ago

    We had one of those big disk movie players in the 80s I think my parents probably still have it.

    • David James
      David James Month ago

      It was only sold in Japan. Where did your parents get it?

  • RiderLeangle2
    RiderLeangle2 2 months ago

    11:97 I can't believe Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge was on VHD

  • Movie Music
    Movie Music 2 months ago +5

    Female model on 16:16 looks very much alike to Deborah Ann Gaetano, female model from british QVC Channel.

    • David James
      David James Month ago +1

      Wow she does! Maybe she's DAG's mother!

  • AMPHICARSdotCOM
    AMPHICARSdotCOM 2 months ago

    BRILLIANT ! Thanks for such a superb explanation of an important but forgotten technology.

  • The Retro Byte
    The Retro Byte 2 months ago

    ferguson videostar. The bread and butter of any Radio Rentals Store..

  • The Retro Byte
    The Retro Byte 2 months ago

    Oh wow. As a former Thorn EMI employee i will be taking a good look at this later..Techmoan you are a Legend...

  • boeingnz
    boeingnz 2 months ago +1

    Japanese call Optimus Prime as Convoy.
    Because of the movie I think.

  • Southern Pimp
    Southern Pimp 2 months ago

    Johnny Rotten: EMI!!!

  • BlownMacTruck
    BlownMacTruck 2 months ago

    The woman booking a hotel at 25:06 is having the most relaxing conversation ever.

  • C Hall
    C Hall 2 months ago

    hello, i've been watching your content for a while now and i think your videos are absolutely fascinating, right now i'm in the market for a cassete deck, is there any particular model you would recommend that isn't too expensive? also what model do you have?

  • GiggleSkull
    GiggleSkull 2 months ago

    Do you have any interest in doing a video on DVD Recorders? I own 2 of them. When I mention it to most people, they have never heard of that type of technology. It would be fascinating to hear the history and development of DVD Recorders by the great techmoan. Thank you for all the content on technology through the years

  • Paavo Ylönen
    Paavo Ylönen 2 months ago

    Arabesque, without them Sandra would have never been the pop star she was in the 1980s.

  • YouTube YouTube
    YouTube YouTube 2 months ago

    Wow some people ....................................

  • F1ReB4LL
    F1ReB4LL 2 months ago

    26:36 Giga Bites!

  • Dominic D'Apice
    Dominic D'Apice 2 months ago

    Did you ever review this? ruclip.com/video/cW7jvmoLQ7o/video.html

  • 1Thunderfire
    1Thunderfire 2 months ago

    I live in Blackburn and I find it intriguing there was a laser disc manufacturer plant here. I wonder where exactly?

  • Marcin R
    Marcin R 2 months ago

    Can You release for a month some cat videos, You really deserve 1M subscribers, and I lost my patience :)

  • verycarla67
    verycarla67 2 months ago +5

    if anyone else is wondering what the song the guy at 18:24 is singing is, it's Shikuramen no Kahori (The Scent of Cyclamen). yes, i typed in the Japanese lyrics and did a search. it looks like it was first released by Akira Fuse back in the mid-70s. you can search 布施明 シクラメンのかほり and see a live performance from 1975. quite a lovely song.
    also, 52-year-old woman here. *waves*

  • Tony T
    Tony T 2 months ago

    i have a Sony TCM - 450 DV. Near mint, anything you like?

  • MagikGimp
    MagikGimp 2 months ago

    Information: Giga bites

  • johneriktaylor
    johneriktaylor 2 months ago

    I saw those VHD discs on eBay and was very interested in bidding on them, mainly for the YMO one. Can't remember why I didn't, perhaps I forgot. Anyway no idea they were PAL discs until now. Also why didn't you move Convoy directly into the empty caddy instead putting Saigon in there it use it's Caddy?

  • tone167
    tone167 2 months ago

    I'm guessing that Highway Star never got released because someone wanted to make the disc deep purple, but the VHD machines could only read black discs.

  • Ueda Yuuji Fan
    Ueda Yuuji Fan 2 months ago

    26:46 sounds like Mother/Earthbound music.

  • Ueda Yuuji Fan
    Ueda Yuuji Fan 2 months ago +2

    25:25 Fax... Fax... simile... Faxsimile... Facsimile?!?!????
    What?! Fax was short for something?!

    • goishikaigan mademou
      goishikaigan mademou 15 days ago

      Yes: Tele-Facsimile = TeleFax. But the tele part was soon dropped by the users.

  • Mohammad Ali
    Mohammad Ali 2 months ago

    17:13 Please upload the whole demo

  • Mark Penrice
    Mark Penrice 2 months ago

    Looking at those "interactive video" games, I think we more dodged a bullet than anything. They seem reminiscent of the very worst of the rash of almost universally reviled FMV-based titles that oozed their way onto the market throughout the 90s, mostly as an excuse to push CDROM / CDi type technology to a public who otherwise didn't see a pressing need to invest in it yet (though, a Myst analogue would have been interesting). And particularly I remember Time Gal being an interesting anime-looking but poorly-reviewed Mega CD game, which was, much like all the other similar CDROM / Laserdisc / etc based cartoony games, a big old sequence of Quick Time Events (aka Press X To Not Die moments, IE playing a version of Simon based on twitch reactions as well as memory) where you had to do nothing more interesting than press the correct direction on the D-pad / shove the joystick the right way in response to a flashing arrow along one of the four edges of the screen. I could swear there was also a video-based CDROM golf game at some point as well which looked just about as compelling as Birdie Try... Yeah, better that we had to wait another 10~15 years for those when people were slightly less wowed by the concept of having video playback in the home that they could control at the push of a button, so weren't quite as willing to run out and spend hundreds or thousands on a massive disappointment, then it becoming hugely popular in the early 80s and everyone's disillusionment then destroying the market for anything of the sort in future when the tech was in a better position to make something worthwhile of it (e.g. CD games that weren't entirely based around video, but used them for their high storage capacity and ability to deliver high quality background music instead)...

  • Gary Groeneweg
    Gary Groeneweg 2 months ago +3

    The VHD narrator reminds me of the voice actor who gave us the annoying talking toaster in Red Dwarf.

  • James Veach
    James Veach 2 months ago

    What ever happen to JVC ,kenwood ,fisher, Technics all the stereo company,s of the 60,s and 70, did they all go under at the same time?Where are they now?

    • Mark Penrice
      Mark Penrice 2 months ago

      Technics are still operating and selling hugely overpriced turntables, as well as a line of electric pianos and keyboards. Not sure about JVC, but last I cared to check they still had a finger in the home video pie. Kenwood still make high end home and car stereos, as well as hugely overpriced kitchen mixers. Fisher, never heard of 'em.

  • reggiep75
    reggiep75 2 months ago +2

    20:21 - Background audio content match so swaps out for some Japanese freeform porn jazz
    24:17 - Rigid 80's hair!

  • Betaman
    Betaman 2 months ago

    20:29 Stock music over your pre existing music, sir?

  • Keith Gable
    Keith Gable 2 months ago

    I bet that the disc in the acrylic shell is your missing demo disc.

  • Video Coffee
    Video Coffee 2 months ago

    I love that vacation kiosk!

  • Shawn Elliott
    Shawn Elliott 2 months ago +4

    *D I S C L O R D*

  • bletheringfool
    bletheringfool 2 months ago +2

    We'll never know if Daley Thompson was drinking Lucozade in that training session.

  • GreyHulk2
    GreyHulk2 2 months ago +2

    26:36 - Giga Bites?!

  • Lorfarius
    Lorfarius 2 months ago +1

    Wonderful video but is there any chance you could do uploads somewhere of the footage in full? If they really are the only ones in existence then I'm sure it'd be a great idea that they don't just disappear!

  • Funky Zach
    Funky Zach 2 months ago

    0:48 "Dicks Called Big in Japan." Did you guys see that? Did... Did you guys see that? You guys?

  • Segasonic91
    Segasonic91 2 months ago

    Very interesting video! My NATIONAL DP-830 does exactly what you are showing with that PAL disc, except it does it on all of my Jp discs. I have not found a way to get it to work, but you have just given me a new area to check. Thanks!

  • Groman Freedan
    Groman Freedan 2 months ago

    That McDonalds tune at 25:31

  • Iulian Visan
    Iulian Visan 2 months ago

    Hi. Great show. Would you be willing to review the Marantz PMD-300CP?. Seems like your cup of tea. Caveat: "
    *This product is only sold in the USA"

  • momatt
    momatt 2 months ago +7

    Would you like to play Birdie Try again?
    You have selected, 'No'.

  • Cinema Macabro
    Cinema Macabro 2 months ago +1

    The man heard on the video, he was known for dubbing Hong Kong and Early Japanese animation. He had done a lot of Shaw Brothers flicks, one of his known as the opening of Chinese Super Ninjas, and continued to dub in the early 2000's

  • delaorden
    delaorden 2 months ago

    O man, they didn't have the timing right for those videos. I get that probably the promotional video is slow so the seller can talk over while the client is watching the presentation... but that golf videogame... that thing is on a league of its own

  • gameneer 1912
    gameneer 1912 2 months ago

    hy techmoan I have a question I have a pioneer 8500 but no bass or treble comes out you know what the problem is?

  • Shelby
    Shelby 2 months ago

    Future games planned for VHD system:
    8bitguy - help him retrobright yellowed plastics
    LGR - help him find treasures whilst thrifting
    steveMRE - smoke various 50+yo cigarettes and feel the rush
    Techmoan - make your own puppetry skits

  • Kris Wingert
    Kris Wingert 2 months ago

    That VHD in the clear case might be the one you are missing from the other cart.

  • Kris Wingert
    Kris Wingert 2 months ago

    Anybody remember Dragon's Layer, the stand up arcade game? It was Laser Disc driven and very popular.

  • Vinyl Pirate
    Vinyl Pirate 2 months ago

    Awesome content! Just discovered your channel and i am hooked :D. Cheers