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From VHS to Netflix

Today we feel very comfortable in our homes consuming series and movies. We turn on the TV and probably the next thing we do is put on Netflix, before this was not that easy. The way of consuming movies at home had its ritual and in this note I will tell you how we went from VHS to Netflix.

JVC (Japan Victor Company) was the industry that developed the great invention of the 70’s the VHS, Video home system in Spanish that is basically a cassette, but with an analog video recording and reproduction system. Most of the things that for us are old are probably analog, this means that they are media or continuous simulations, basically something drives them to work. Easy to see with a clock, a battery moves the gears, these the hands that end up giving the current time constantly. Returning to the VHS something makes the tape spin quickly plus a couple of other things that cause them to somehow play on TV.

At the moment of its appearance it caused emotion and a certain romanticism since to use it was not easy, it had his mañas. To begin with, because of its high cost, it was common to rent them in a video club, which had to be decided or you would come back with a cassette that was recommended by the guy who works there, which could turn out well or very badly. Besides, arriving home and discovering that the tape was not rewound was a big deal. Once that was done, putting the cassette in the player was frustrating, because it would come back to you just when you thought it was starting to play.

What seemed to be one of the best inventions for the video industry was quickly replaced by discs, they would be making the jump to the digital world, the difference with the analog is that it works in a binary way, a reader reads zeros and ones until it ends up reproducing a certain information, under this context it underpins a series of images. As the production costs were high, the life of the VHS continued for another decade.

In this new millennium it was the turn of the DVD Forum, the organization that was in charge of developing the DVDs (Digital Versatile Disc). In the markets and video clubs it was possible to acquire so much VHS and DVD, but this last one was simply better, the quality of image, sound, the simplicity at the time of use; it caused the end of the VHS. But the years of glory for this format lasted much less, since the digital began to advance to giant steps and with the passage of time and with the aid of Internet appeared the pirate pages, that ended up affecting the market.

Between several legal battles of copyrights and pirated pages, someone had the great idea of creating a streaming platform but legal, since it was believed that the future of home theater should be through the Internet. So they created one to test the ground and see how it was received, but since copyright has a price these platforms should also have it, but they also had the idea of offering a wide catalog at a low cost. The first platform to meet these objectives was Filmin in 2008, in Spain. Filmin was the great pioneer for other production companies to decide to go down this path of virtual platforms. This is how Netflix was born and is currently the most popular in the film world, but until when? What comes after this?

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