vcr phased out

The last VCR manufacturer, Japanese company Funai Electric, ceased production of its video-cassette recorders in July.

At its peak, the company sold 15 million VCRs in a year, but those numbers significantly dropped as DVDs, Blu-ray discs and, ultimately, streaming services hit the mainstream. Even so, Funai Electric still managed to sell 750,000 VCRs just last year.

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Considering the first VCRs were introduced in the 1960s, 50 years of production is still a solid run for any tech device.

First published December 30, 2016: 10:04 AM ET

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