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TK's MORNING BUZZ: Now Say It Again Louder -- Whether VHS or DVD, It's a Video!

28 Nov, 2001 By: Thomas K. Arnold

It's high time I revisited a topic I've written about before, but one that seems to keep popping up -- and one that continues to get me fuming every timeI hear or read about a new transgression:

DVD and VHS are formats.

Both formats are videos.

-- From a Reuters news service story: "Sales of DVDs and players are breakingrecords as the newer technology's popularity approaches that of video."

-- From a Universal press release: "The DVD and home video release of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas...has generated $145 million in consumer salesin only six days."

-- From Variety: "Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has seized the crown as the top-selling video and DVD animated title of all time overseas,notching sales of 8 million units."

No, no, no, no!

How many times do I have to say it: DVD and VHS are formats; both are videos.It's just like an LP and a CD; one is a 12-inch vinyl disc, the other is a 5-inch optical disc. Both, however, are formats on which musicians release albums.

Kudos for Paramount for getting it right: "The contemporary crime thrillerand $70 million box office hit The Score hits DVD and VHS on December 11, from Paramount Home Entertainment."

Kudos, too, to DIC Entertainment for a press release announcing the upcoming release of Evolution, the Animated Movie. "Scheduled for release on both VHSand DVD formats on January 29, 2002, Evolution, the Animated Movie is the perfect complement to the hugely successful Alienators: Evolution Continues,airing on Fox Kids."

Let me say it one more time: VHS is a video format; DVD is a video format. If I go to Blockbuster to rent a video, I'll pick up a prerecorded movie that I can bring home and watch on a set-top box. Maybe it's VHS, maybe it's DVD, but in either case IT IS A VIDEO!!!

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