For the first time, more Americans have a DVD player than have a VCR says Nielsen Media Research. People aren’t throwing out the VCR: They’ve lost only 1/10th of their popularity, while DVD players are 6 times more popular than they were 6 years ago.
Why are people keeping VCRs? Well, DVDs don’t easily record programs. “To completely replace the VCR, you would need a DVD and a digital video recorder,” said Paul Lindstrom, Nielsen’s senior vice president for national custom research. “That type of utility has kept it in the home.” Hmm, not in our home. —MEGHANN MARCO
DVD Player Tops VCR as Household Item [New York Times]