There’s always something great on the RCA VideoDisc System. (Mar, 1982)

Nothing you want to watch on TV? Watch something better.

There’s always something great on the RCA VideoDisc System.

Now when there’s nothing good to watch on TV, it’s easy to see something great. Like your favorite movie, your child’s favorite show, a tennis lesson, or a great concert. The fact is, the great catalog of RCA VideoDiscs contains more than 130 great movies, classics, concerts or shows. And there are lots more on the way.

Best of all, RCA VideoDiscs start as low as $14.98* Or about a third the cost of prerecorded video tape?

But the best reason to consider the RCA VideoDisc System is the RCA VideoDisc Player. A remarkably simple machine that plays your RCA Video-Discs on your own TV.

It’s simple to hook up. As simple as a record player to operate. And built with all the technical know-how of the leader in consumer video electronics.

Best of all, the RCA VideoDisc Player lists at less than $500*

So see your RCA dealer for a demonstration of the RCA VideoDisc Player and VideoDiscs. And bring the magic home.

RCA VideoDisc System

  1. Casandro says: May 12, 20091:02 am

    Ohh it had the same problem as the DVD had. You cannot record on it. The DVD only took off because players could play back VCDs and later S-VCDs and MPEG2-files on DVDs. Otherwise it would still be like Laserdisk.

  2. fluffy says: May 12, 20091:47 am

    The DVD also benefited from being small, reasonably cheap with ubiquitous players (computers and video game consoles which did double-duty), and so on. Regarding recording, DVD-Rs came out pretty early on in the product lifecycle, and it didn’t take long for set-top DVD recorders to become affordable.

    I seriously doubt VCD/SVCD had anything to do with DVD’s success, at least not in the US. My first DVD player couldn’t play VCD at all, raw MPEG2 files weren’t supported until many years down the road, and most Americans still have never heard of VCD. I know they’re very common in China and Japan, but in America they were basically only used by pirates.

  3. Stephen says: May 12, 20096:45 am

    This seems to be the RCA capacitative electronic disc system, which you can read about here:
    The system wasn’t recordable, and it wasn’t able to compete with video tape. It lasted just three years.

  4. Mitch says: May 12, 20091:29 pm

    We had one of these players when I was a kid. They were dead simple to operate – open the door, stick the cartridge in, yank it back out. When you closed the door, it started playing automatically. Very easy for kids to operate. It was also cheaper and more durable than a VCR.

    But, as Casandro noted, it couldn’t record, though that never really bothered us – we had no idea what we were missing.

    Worst part of these was that they had a stylus, just like a record player, and they had to be replaced every so often, just like a record player. Unlike a record player, they cost $100. Ouch!

  5. Al Bear says: May 12, 20092:56 pm

    Man! I remember being so impressed by the RCA Videodisc system my neighbors had back in 83′ but then again I was 10 now I know better.

  6. fred says: May 12, 20093:07 pm

    whens the last time you seen consumer electronics that were woodgrained?

  7. Torgo says: May 13, 200912:17 am

    Interestingly, the VideoDisk project was begun in the 60’s, and was intended to be a replacement to the LP. But the project kept snowballing and being delayed, and was finally released as the VideoDisk when it was too late to make an impact.

    Interesting technology. It had a needle and a groove, but it didn’t work like a normal record. The needle floated over the groove and picked up an electric charge off the disk. Or something like that.

    And as a side note — LaserDisk was not digital, it was FM.

  8. JMyint says: May 14, 20099:47 pm

    In a commercial setting I was replacing the pick-ups in these players about every six weeks but then that was over 650 hours of play time. The 12 inch laser disc players were far more reliable.

  9. Scott B. says: May 16, 200912:14 am

    My son and I found one of these disks — Casablanca? — at the local Goodwill store the other day. I had no idea what it was!

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