Video stores abandon VHS tapes

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31 January 2005, AMSTERDAM — Video stores in the Netherlands are abandoning the rentals of VHS tapes sometime this year due to the popularity of DVDs.

31 January 2005

AMSTERDAM — Video stores in the Netherlands are abandoning the rentals of VHS tapes sometime this year due to the popularity of DVDs.

Most people are opting to hire DVDs and market leader Videoland — which has 200 stores in the Netherlands — said it will discontinue supplying VHS tapes to all of its branch stores this year.

Video retail branch organisation NVDO (of which Moviemax, Filmclub, Stervideotheken are members) is expecting the end for VHS tapes "in the near future", RTL News reported on Monday.

A spokesman for NVDO told Expatica that existing VHS tapes will remain in stores for the coming period, but he expects that overtime they will disappear from rental shops.

He said the swap from VHS to DVD started some time ago, but the pace of the change has been unexpectedly quick. The spokesman said he expects people who do not yet have a DVD player will soon switchover from VHS.

He said every year the industry had been expecting the demise of VHS tapes and predicted in a few years time that there will be no VHS tapes available.

Presently, 90 percent of films rented from video stores are on DVD and about 70 percent of consumers have a DVD player. The first DVD appeared in stores in 1997.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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