I vaguely remember hearing about the CED vinyl discs. The sad thing is that the technology was developed in the mid-60's, but due to bureaucracy at RCA didn't go into production until 1981. The timing couldn't have been worse. By that time it had competition from all sides -- both VHS and the newer two- and three-hour Betamax units as well as Laserdiscs had all been out for a few years already, so the thing was doomed from the start.
I remember when they came out and seeing them at Sears. The usual complaint (just like Laserdiscs) was "it can't record." -- Watch my future television channel's public test broadcast! »thecanadianpublic.com/live
And by then you could buy a Betamax capable of recording three hours of high quality video on an L-750 cartridge. I know I did! I still have many boxes of L-500's and L-750's packed away somewhere. That original Betamax (which I eventually replaced with a newer one) was about the size of a suitcase!
Not to mention Beta offered a superior picture compared to VHS. Sony was just too greedy/stupid to licence their technology to others compared to JVC who whored out VHS to every VCR maker in the world! -- "It's all coming down!!" - Mike Holmes
Mrs. Weather and I got a JVC VHS-C camcorder as a wedding gift many years ago. It came with the powered VHS adapter "case" that you popped the VHS-C cassette into so you could play back what you recorded on a standard VHS VCR.
Yup. My first camcorder when I was a kid was a VHS-C.