Philips N1500 video recorder, 1972

Made:
1972 in Europe
maker:
Philips Electronics

Philips N1500 video recorder and cassette, 1972.

Launched in 1971, this was the first practical domestic video recorder. It had a built-in TV tuner and timer so you could set it to record whilst you were out and it was fully automatic in operation. Unfortunately the video cassettes could only record a 60 minute programme, so it was impossible to record a full feature film (later versions of this system managed to get the recording time up to 120 minutes). The picure quality (full colour) was excellent, but the machine was far too expensive for most consumers.

Details

Category:
Television
Collection:
Thames Collection
Object Number:
1991-5005/54
Materials:
electronic components, metal (unknown) and plastic (unidentified)
Measurements:
video casette: 40 mm x 125 mm x 155 mm,
type:
video tape recorder
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
Thames Television Collection