Video 2000

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Video 2000 (V2000) was a video recording standard developed by Philips and Grundig as a competing format to VHS and Betamax. Unlike its rivals it used double-sided cassettes.

The Video 2000 cassette was slightly bigger than a VHS cassette. Special features were the possibility to record/play 4 hours of video on each side of the cassette and most models included a piezoelectric automated system for track following, known as dynamic track following. Some models used this such that even still and picture-search pictures were displayed perfectly.

Video 2000's predecessor was the Philips Video Compact Cassette (VCC) Format introduced in 1972. The first Video 2000 video recorder VR2000 was sold in 1979, and the last V2000 products by Philips were produced in 1988. [1] (http://home.wanadoo.nl/martijnbelle/Philips/philips.html)

Video 2000 was in some respects technically superior to both Betamax and VHS, but the format was introduced late, at the height of the VHS / Betamax war. Whereas VHS and Betamax were world standards, Video 2000 was marketed only within Europe. By the mid 1980's VHS was starting to establish itself as the de facto home video standard, and Video 2000 could never overturn its position. The position was exacerbated because Philips failed to produce a much demanded portable recorder early on in the format's life. By the mid-80's Philips had conceded defeat and began making its own VHS format machines.


Video 2000 is also the name of an early console for video games (1970s). [2] (http://www.pong-story.com/v2000.htm)

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