Truth on Disc
VHS stands for "Video Home System" and refers to the name given to the standard 1/2" tape format used in Video Cassette Recorders  (VCR's).  Introduced  in  1977,  the  VHS recorder proved  to  be  much  more  popular  than the Sony "Betamax" format.  By 1988, the "Beta" systems had all but disappeared. 

DVD's ("Digital Versatile Discs" or also "Digital Video Discs")  were  first  introduced  in 1996.  By 1999  they  had become  the  standard  format  used  by  major motion picture studios.   Home  DVD  players  and recorders are expected to replace the VHS recorders by the year 2007.
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