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YouTube Adds Tape Mode to Celebrate 57th Anniversary of Videotape

YouTube Adds Tape Mode to Celebrate 57th Anniversary of Videotape

If you've ever pined for the days of fuzzy, static-filled VHS tapes, your prayers have been answered! To mark the 57th anniversary of commercial videotape, YouTube has added a 'Tape mode' to selected videos, emulating the look and feel of vintage VHS.

Unfortunately, embedded videos seem to lose the Tape mode icon, but you can click here to watch K-mart's 'Ship My Pants' commercial in all of its VHS glory. Note that the selection seems rather limited right now so you might have to hunt around for a while. If Tape mode is available, a small VHS icon will be displayed in the lower right corner.

If 57 years seems like a long time for videotape to have been around (the first home VCR to use VHS as a format wasn't released until 1976), know that it's all in celebration of Ampex's VRX-1000, which is commonly considered the world's first videotape recorder when it was first shown off on April 14th, 1956 at the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters Convention.  

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