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Betamax (also called Beta, as in its logo) is a consumer-level recording and cassette format of magnetic tape for video. It was created by Sony and was released in Japan on May 10, 1975.[1] The first Betamax device introduced in the United States was the LV-1901 console, which included a color monitor, and appeared in stores in early November 1975.

Betamax is obsolete, having lost the videotape format war[2] to VHS. Production of Betamax recorders stopped in 2002; new Betamax cassettes were available until March 2016, when Sony stopped making and selling them.[3]

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  1. McDonald, Paul (2007-08-06). Video and DVD Industries. British Film Institute. p. 33. ISBN 9781844571673. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  2. "Betamax". 1994-12-01. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  3. "Beta Video Cassette and Micro MV Cassette Tape End of Shipment Announcement". Sony Japan. Sony. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015. In March 2016, Sony will end shipment of the Beta video cassette and micro cassette MV.