Major British retailer stops selling VCRs

LONDON: Video may have killed the radio star, as Buggles sang in 1979 but now the format that revolutionized viewing habits may itself be on the way out.

Dixons, a major British electrical retailer, said on Tuesday it is pressing the stop button on sales of video recorders, signalling the end for the first gadget that allowed people to record TV programs, or watch home movies without using temperamental projectors and spools that spewed film all over the carpet. Dixons said it had made the decision following a boom in sales of DVD technology and a corresponding drop in sales of VCRs since the mid-1990s.

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