VHD: How 1980s UK missed out on an interactive video and games format

  • 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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  • Mesquite Automotive
    Mesquite Automotive 2 days ago

    That video is pure a e s t h i c

  • Ethan Auburn
    Ethan Auburn 3 days 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!

  • KingFahtah
    KingFahtah 3 days ago

    23:49 Let's holiday at the world trade center what could go wrong

  • KingFahtah
    KingFahtah 3 days ago +2


    DAVID GREGORY KERR 4 days ago

    Is that not the same as the RCA Selectavision.

  • Dustin 2112
    Dustin 2112 4 days ago

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

  • Scott mor
    Scott mor 4 days ago +1

    1980s were great time for technology

  • Mehmet Layık
    Mehmet Layık 4 days ago

    16:17 Pretty woman

  • constantinos schinas

    hot girl. brooke shields look alike.

    BEAST BOOST 6 days ago

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

  • The Hoodie Guy
    The Hoodie Guy 8 days ago

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

  • 1978garfield
    1978garfield 9 days 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 12 days ago

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

  • Collateral Damadge 24/7

    They only did it 'cause of fame!


  • yumyumrazon
    yumyumrazon 13 days ago

    No UMD Disc reviews?

  • Daniel Nicolas
    Daniel Nicolas 13 days ago

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

  • Dagley Media
    Dagley Media 14 days ago

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

  • Franklin Sharp
    Franklin Sharp 14 days ago

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

  • RiderLeangle2
    RiderLeangle2 14 days ago

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

  • Movie Music
    Movie Music 16 days ago +5

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

    AMPHICARSdotCOM 16 days ago

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

  • The Retro Byte
    The Retro Byte 16 days ago

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

  • The Retro Byte
    The Retro Byte 16 days 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 16 days ago +1

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

  • Southern Pimp
    Southern Pimp 17 days ago

    Johnny Rotten: EMI!!!

  • BlownMacTruck
    BlownMacTruck 17 days ago

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

  • C Hall
    C Hall 18 days 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 18 days 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 18 days ago

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

  • YouTube YouTube
    YouTube YouTube 18 days ago

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

  • F1ReB4LL
    F1ReB4LL 18 days ago

    26:36 Giga Bites!

  • Dominic D'Apice
    Dominic D'Apice 19 days ago

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

  • 1Thunderfire
    1Thunderfire 19 days 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 20 days ago

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

  • verycarla67
    verycarla67 20 days 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 20 days ago

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

  • MagikGimp
    MagikGimp 20 days ago

    Information: Giga bites

  • johneriktaylor
    johneriktaylor 20 days 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 20 days 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 20 days ago

    26:46 sounds like Mother/Earthbound music.

  • Ueda Yuuji Fan
    Ueda Yuuji Fan 20 days ago +2

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

  • Mohammad Ali
    Mohammad Ali 21 day ago

    17:13 Please upload the whole demo

  • Mark Penrice
    Mark Penrice 21 day 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 21 day ago +2

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

  • James Veach
    James Veach 21 day 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 21 day 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 21 day 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 21 day ago

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

  • Keith Gable
    Keith Gable 21 day ago

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

  • Video Coffee
    Video Coffee 22 days ago

    I love that vacation kiosk!

  • Shawn Elliott
    Shawn Elliott 22 days ago +4

    *D I S C L O R D*

  • bletheringfool
    bletheringfool 22 days ago +2

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

  • GreyHulk2
    GreyHulk2 22 days ago +2

    26:36 - Giga Bites?!

  • Lorfarius
    Lorfarius 22 days 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 23 days ago

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

  • Segasonic91
    Segasonic91 23 days 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 23 days ago

    That McDonalds tune at 25:31

  • Iulian Visan
    Iulian Visan 23 days 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 23 days ago +5

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

  • Cinema Macabro
    Cinema Macabro 23 days 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 23 days 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 23 days 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 23 days 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 23 days ago

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

  • Kris Wingert
    Kris Wingert 23 days ago

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

  • Vinyl Pirate
    Vinyl Pirate 24 days ago

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

  • Jenn Samantha Mima
    Jenn Samantha Mima 24 days ago

    I literally watched this whole video for the 5 seconds of old sneakers on screen

  • Chris LeChien
    Chris LeChien 24 days ago +2

    anyone notice that at 33:15 in the article, under the picture, its written "Pioneer also presses a series of hard-core sex discs, which have the added appeal to some customers of slow motion and a very clear freeze-frame!" ?

    • Mark Penrice
      Mark Penrice 21 day ago

      The 2-frame stutter (a variation of which also sometimes affected CAV Laserdiscs and the "true freezeframe" VHS decks, when showing TV material rather than filmed) would seem to make that claim rather fragile, unless they actually encoded the slow-mo right onto the disc (duplicating each frame so that when shown as rapidly alternating pairs they appeared still) and actually played back at 2x speed for normal viewing...

  • Bob Deinterlace
    Bob Deinterlace 24 days ago

    I'll never get tired of hearing Cuba Baion.

  • FlintTD
    FlintTD 24 days ago

    Content ID is a scourge.

  • watershed44
    watershed44 24 days ago

    *@**20:44** PUPPET MUSIC !*

  • Alder Balding
    Alder Balding 24 days ago

    20:25 Your ham fisted attempt to overdub the background music that was content matched by simply playing your dubbed in music on top of the actual background music anytime the narrator talks is a cacophony akin to what I imagine insanity feels like.
    You could have chosen to cut out this footage and pay respect to the fact you are monetizing someone else's work that they themselves were probably barely compensated for, you could have accepted the fate that whatever person Google had found to be in control of one piece of the content would receive the monetization on this video as they rightly deserve, or you could have chosen to act like a small child putting their fingers in their ear and screaming "I CAN'T HEAR YOU! YOU CAN'T MAKE ME!"
    You, like most other RUcliprs that exists purely to take the product of other peoples hard work and attempt to cash in on it despite doing next to nothing have chosen to act like a child. Apropos to this video, I imagine RUcliprs are basically like the people who get a kick out of Karaoke; they know they could never create works as amazing or well received as what they ape but it lets them feel close to the real work and artistry being done.

  • Maria Hamilton
    Maria Hamilton 24 days ago +5

    Definitely one mid 50s woman watching this...

  • Daniel Black
    Daniel Black 24 days ago

    31:36 Maybe it's because the machine outputs the very unsual NTSC50 which is NTSC colour in 576i50?

  • SolarMoth
    SolarMoth 24 days ago

    amazing device

  • weerobot
    weerobot 24 days ago

    "Instructor must have the best weapon...."

  • Bobby Z
    Bobby Z 24 days ago +1

    Lucky they didn't call it the ADHD System....

    • John Francis Doe
      John Francis Doe 22 days ago

      Bobby Z If they did, the disease would have been given a different name. Back in 1982 it was between being named MBD and ADD.

  • Damien Drouart
    Damien Drouart 25 days ago +7

    Content match on forgotten one shot promo discs for a long dead and obscure video disc format.
    Bow down to your RUclip Matrix Overlord, capable of going back in time to feed it's greedy copyright holders masters.....

    • Mark Penrice
      Mark Penrice 21 day ago

      Having never been slapped with a content match (yet), does it tell you what it's matched with, or just that you've earned a violation? It would at least count as a sort of double edged sword if it were able to identify otherwise mysterious/obscure snatches of music for you.

  • Ian Smith
    Ian Smith 25 days ago

    Don't forget behind the mask used by Eric Clapton

  • Christopher Noel
    Christopher Noel 25 days ago

    (12:55) Reminds me of the *Nostalgia Nerd* video about the Domesday Project on LaserDisc:

  • Pauly H
    Pauly H 25 days ago

    Only time I saw a video jukebox was in a pub in Glasgow about 1990 dunno if it was vhd LD or a tape thou I recall it took ages to find the track and play it when money was put in lol

  • The Kaiser
    The Kaiser 25 days ago

    The UK missed out on much more than just interactive video games.

  • Evlo
    Evlo 25 days ago +3

    I mean that girl from the infomercial made it worth it. Also hipsters today have nothing on her hair.

  • I.T-Girl
    I.T-Girl 25 days ago

    Almost had a spit take of my prework coffee all over my geriatric Macintosh during parts of this.

  • Marcus Bengtsson
    Marcus Bengtsson 25 days ago

    I had no idea that I was interested in listening to all of this!

  • Shukterhouse Jive
    Shukterhouse Jive 25 days ago +1

    _I suggest "Feather Touch"_

    • Fredrik Östman
      Fredrik Östman 25 days ago +1

      "Ball is in parking lot, would you like to play again?"

  • Paul Zach
    Paul Zach 25 days ago

    Is there an archive somewhere to watch these old videos in full quality?

  • AsselParty
    AsselParty 25 days ago

    I love the "2.54 giga bites of digital data" - how much is a bite of digital data?

  • Ronald Leckfor
    Ronald Leckfor 25 days ago

    Put the disc from the clear case into the demo case!

  • Tim The Budget Guitar Guy

    Does anybody know where I can find a full upload of the VHD Interactive System Demonstration Disc?

  • Fredrik Montelius
    Fredrik Montelius 25 days ago

    Perhaps the demo disc is in the Plexiglas bloc.

  • simon mayou
    simon mayou 25 days ago

    Matthew I would like to ask you a question please about this topic. Do you think was better than British manufacturing company or currently recognise state of Brexit today as for designing and development our company products than it is today especially when UK did electronic materials and methods for making manufacturers . thanks for your patience and support for this channel.

  • oceania68
    oceania68 26 days ago

    I love the movie Convoy :D

  • Popk1ller
    Popk1ller 26 days ago

    20:55 the makers of that game used the song from your Tefifon :D

    ToyFREAKS 26 days ago

    Weird to see the explosion of Mt. Saint Helens on the demo disc.

    • John Francis Doe
      John Francis Doe 22 days ago +1

      ToyFREAKS Those photos were all the rage for photo quality demonstrations back then. Independent private photo featured at the National Geographic front page and in many other reports of the events, it may have become available through a cheap stock photo agency similar to Getty or Scabpix today.

  • prismstudios001
    prismstudios001 26 days ago

    That model was imposed on...Super imposed on...

  • Mike Hunt
    Mike Hunt 26 days ago

    I love listening and watching people from the 70's/80's talking about technology and the future. It seems so alien

  • Zero Cool
    Zero Cool 26 days ago

    That golf game looked terrible, and we had low standards back in the 80's.

  • Larry Laffer
    Larry Laffer 26 days ago

    You have entered power drive.

  • Paul Potter
    Paul Potter 26 days ago

    Some of those Austin Rover units ended up at my school! They were donated, but were scrapped. They just had the monitors in them.

  • Pete Smith
    Pete Smith 26 days ago

    YMO - Firecracker - ruclip.com/video/OkkFST5qrLg/video.html
    YMO - Technopolis - ruclip.com/video/zFADf3CW8zI/video.html