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The end is near. The death knell approaches. What will become of RCA’s invention? And is this really the end? Would you like fries with that?

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23 comments

Technology Connections 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

Hello! I'd like to thank you all for coming on this bizarre journey with me. Telling the story of the CED has been a lot of fun, but it also required a lot more… storytelling than I typically do. However, once I found Margaret B. W. Graham's book on the subject, well first of all the story is frankly bonkers and quite enjoyable, but also I felt the real nuts and bolts of the story deserved to see the light of day.
Not a lot of info is online beyond "what is this product?" and "It failed because VCRs". And without the context that Graham provides, the entire idea seems outlandishly foolish. In the end we know it was, but I think there are a lot of truly valuable lessons to learn from this ordeal.
Thanks for putting up with this project, and as I said at the end – if there's anything you'd like to know that I didn't cover in these video please ask! I may make a follow-up video down the road.

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almostfm 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

It sounds like what my brother in law said about IBM at the end of his time there: "It's like they sat down and said: Let's see what we're good at, so we can stop doing it"

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KORTOKtheSTRONG 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

i like the emphasis on having a shared goal; if people work together, they can optimize something sub-par so hard that it becomes par

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Angry cowboy man 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

Let's go back to 1974

Me a Walten Files Fan: intense screaming

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James F 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

My family had a CED player… it was actually pretty awesome 😀 Not having to rewind cartoons was pretty cool ngl

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stephen flint 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

I wish I had that vintage selectavision to go along with my vintage RCA clock! They look so similar.

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grimiskitty 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

I use to have an old rca radio when I was younger, I think it use to be my moms or something, but I'm pretty sure it was made after rca went out of business. I don't know what happened to it, but I'm pretty sure their slapping that label on radios still.

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Joe Henry 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

Your videos really are entertaining and educational. Like Bill Nye for somewhat past electronic techs

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Rob Friedrich 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

CED is not more than a improved TED and came too late, because laser played discs came.

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Memetics 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

Thanks Alec! That was an amazing documentary series. Really appreciate the depth and detail you go into.

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1162puppy 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

I love your commentary I still have one. And several discs. also have LaserDisc. And so on a big collection of old school but at the time new school

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Dimes On His Eyes 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

I have an plasma RCA tv that is more than a decade old and it has been a really good tv. I know much of their stuff was crap but this little on sale tv we got in 2009 turned out to be a great investment. We put it in the back room but it has lived through 2 other tvs now.
Keep up the good work little RCA

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Chris M 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

I've worked in the private sector….. They expect results

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Travis Wilson 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

Do more long-form series like these. Please.

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Shakis87 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

mmmm noodle soup

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drdca 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

Wonder how much it would cost someone today to make a one-off disk in this format

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Justa Youtuber 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

You need to learn to edit. This didn't need to be 5 episodes. 2 max

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F TP 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

18:45 epic, subtle joke

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J C 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

Imagine trying to walk out of the store with a 2x2ft videodisk of porn lol
But keep in mind that "adult content" wasn't just pornography. Dirty themed movies and movies with any suggestive content or language… This was the women's liberation movement prime time. For that matter they would have been choosing which political views were in their content.

vhs and beta offered what we all wanted in america: freedom. Record tv. ok. Record your own life. ok. Make a copy of your movies to share. ok. TV your way. And I think VHS won that battle almost entirely because of the camcorders. The tv recording and playback was basically the same. The only real difference was that the beta camera sucked. Why get the same system with a worse camera?

The really interesting thing is that when dvds and other digital devices came out, the choice was clear. Digital is better. Bluray is better, but it was an unnecessary cost for most people, but it did ok. Now it's pretty much all streaming and downloading. But to this very day, people are still watching vhs tapes. People are still recording onto vhs tapes. And not just security systems and nutty collectors, average people buying tapes at goodwill and renting them from the library. New tapes are on amazon….

VHS didn't just win the war against beta, for some people it's won against everything since. That's the crazy story.

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postminchoppa 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

as someone who always watches youtube with subtitles, i very much appreciate the efforts that go into your subtitles, just adds the all the great things about this channel 🙂 youre awesome too

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Robert Connor 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

Can you do a video about another RCA product, a stereo system called RCA Dimensia. But people kept calling it RCA dementia! It may have been the last product RCA ever made.

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Nick Clark 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

19:02 disk pics

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R.A. Monigold 11/09/2021 - 4:42 Chiều

I'm 74 and in 1963 a group of us pooled our money and someone's older brother bought "us" an 8mm PORN MOVIE. We would go to a "summer cabin" an hour away and watch it projected on a bed sheet, not really knowing what to do about it. And never really getting the irony of the bedsheet. Thanks again for the memory flog. I dig your show and totally dig your parents' contribution to your curiosity – BTW I'm autodidactic myself. Thanks for doing this. It's a LOT of work and filming is just one part.

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