WASHINGTON, June 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
MONDAY, JUNE 7: VCR INTRODUCED
Profile America — Monday, June 7th. A home entertainment revolution began on this date in 1975, when the videocassette recorder was introduced. The VCR allowed people to watch movies at home when they wanted to and to record and watch their own videos. At its peak, some nine-out- of-10 households across the country had a VCR. Then, the digital video disc or DVD was introduced in 1997, and quickly relegated stacks of VHS tapes to thrift shops. Now, the hottest format is the blu-ray system, allowing video quality to match high-definition television sets. Americans spend an average of $106 annually on videos to play at home. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 313
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 1094
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau