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This page indexes the individual year in home video pages. Some years are annotated with a significant event as a reference point. The Magnetic tape home video launched, from the first home video in November 2, 1936.

Home videos releases: VHS (1976-2016), DVD (1996-present), Blu-ray (2006-present), Laserdisc (1978-2022), Betamax (1975-2002), VCD (1993-present), Quadruplex (1956-2022), Magnetic Tape (1936-2022), DVD-R (1997-present), CED (1981-2022), Digital HD (1953-present), Video8 (1984-2007) and many more.


  • 1936 - Year Magnetic tape launched - Magnetic tape releases libraries every released 1936 to discontinued 2022.


  • 1940
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  • 1946
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  • 1948
  • 1949


  • 1952 - Year VERA launched - VERA releases libraries including Mickey Mouse cartoons, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, King Kong, Betty Boop cartoons, The Wizard of Oz, Superman cartoons, Popeye cartoons and many more.
  • 1953 - Year Digital HD launched - Digital HD releases libraries including Mickey Mouse cartoons, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, King Kong, Betty Boop cartoons, The Wizard of Oz, Superman cartoons, Popeye cartoons and many more.
  • 1956 - Year Quadruplex launched - Quadruplex releases libraries including Mickey Mouse cartoons, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, King Kong, Betty Boop cartoons, The Wizard of Oz, Superman cartoons, Popeye cartoons and many more.


  • 1961 - Year Ampex 2 inch helical VTR launched
  • 1961 - Year Sony 2 inch helical VTR launched
  • 1965 - Year Type A launched
  • 1965 - Year CV-2000 launched
  • 1967 - Year Akai launched
  • 1967 - Year Ampex-HS launched
  • 1969 - Year EIAJ-1 launched


  • 1971 - Year U-matic launched
  • 1972 - Year Cartrivision launched
  • 1972 - Year Philips VCR launched
  • 1973
  • 1974 - Year V-Cord launched
  • 1974 - Year VX launched
  • 1975 - Year Beta launched
  • 1975 - Year TeD launched
  • 1976 - Year VHS launched in Japan and the United States. The first home video company to Warner Bros. including Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies, The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, The Jetsons, Winsome Witch, Dastardly and Muttley, Penelope Pitstop, Wacky Races, Quick Draw McGraw, Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Top Cat, Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks, Atom Ant and Snagglepuss and the first home video company to Paramount Home Video introduced Paramount Pictures including Star Trek, Popeye cartoons, Betty Boop cartoons, Color Classics, The Court Jester, Famous Studios cartoons, Superman cartoons, The Brady Bunch and Alice in Wonderland. Type B and Type C is launched, respectively.
  • 1977 - Magnetic Video, the first home video company to release theatrical films to tape, licenses 50 films and cartoons from 20th Century Fox for VHS and Betamax release. Star Wars on VHS and Betamax its the first time ever in December 1st, from Magnetic Video and 20th Century Fox. The DC Comics TV show such as Wonder Woman TV Film Pilot and 13 Non-Stop Episodes Marathon, its the first time ever VHS home video in December 1st. VK is launched.[1]
  • 1978 - Laserdisc player launched.[2] MCA issues Universal Studios film library onto laserdisc, and later adds 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Disney film libraries as well from VHS and Laserdisc release. Disney VHS home video releases Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other cartoons, Winnie the Pooh, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Mary Poppins and many more.
  • 1979 - Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures form Home Video Divisions; Video Store Magazine (now Home Media Magazine) established as the industry's first trade. The VHS home video as TV show like Wonder Woman Episodes Compilation. VSR is launched.


  • 1980 - Walt Disney Home Video enters the home video market. MCA, Inc. establishes MCA Videocassette, Inc. for VHS and Betamax releases of the Universal City Studios products. The Empire Strikes Back on the VHS and Betamax in September 1st, from 20th Century Fox. Video 2000 and CVC is launched, respectively.
  • 1981 - Year CED and Wizard Video launched. Magnetic Video reorganized into Twentieth Century Fox Video. NBC Home Video signs video distribution deal through Warner Home Video.
  • 1982 - PBV Distribution (Publishing & Broadcasting Video) becomes one of the biggest selling Australian video companies. In the mid-80s, it would later become Communications and Entertainment Limited. Star Wars is released on home video-cassette, becoming one of the most demanded videos of all time. Jane Fonda's Workout rose to number 1 in video sales on Billboard chart in June, and stayed in the top four for the next three years, breaking all records for VHS sales. M, Betacam and VHS-C is launched, respectively.
  • 1983 - JVC launches VHD format in Japan and the United States. Following a merger in 1982 between Twentieth Century Fox Video and CBS Video Enterprises, CBS/Fox Video is launched to the home video market, with divisions Key Video and Playhouse Video. Return of the Jedi on the VHS and Betamax in September 10th, from 20th Century Fox. In Japan, the Bandai-Emotion label is launched on VHS, and becomes one of the biggest selling Japanese home video labels of all time.
  • 1984 - The Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc. decision (aka Betamax case). Following the so-called 'video nasty' British tabloid, the Video Recordings Act 1984 is introduced resulting in all feature films having to be certified by the British Board of Film Classification. The pioneering American home video company The Criterion Collection is founded, which introduced letterboxing, commentary tracks and special editions that would become standards for the home video industry. Video8, Sony HDVS, UniHi and Laserfilm is launched, respectively.[3][4]
  • 1985 - Heron Communications launches the Hi-Tops Video label. Video8 official 8mm video and home video is launched.
  • 1986 - Video Gems is launched, and becomes a top seller in the UK home video market. D1, Betacam SP and MII is launched, respectively.
  • 1987 - CD Video is launched.
  • 1987 - S-VHS introduced in Japan and the United States.
  • 1988 - MGM gains home video rights to all United Artists titles.
  • 1988 - D-2 is launched.
  • 1989 - PBS Home Video begins video distribution through Pacific Arts. Hi8 is launched.


  • 1990 - CBS/FOX reorganized. Fox Video is formed to release mainstream Fox product in the US, while CBS/Fox Video remains for other products such as BBC Video and other non-Fox projects. VSD is launched.
  • 1991 - Fox Video is formed. D-3 is launched.
  • 1992 - Fujitsu gets credit for producing the first full-color plasma display panel in 1992. The very first prototype for a plasma display monitor was invented in July 1964 at the University of Illinois by professors Donald Bitzer and Gene Slottow, and then graduate student Robert Willson. BCH 1000 and DCT is launched.
  • 1993 - The VCD is released as the first compact, affordable optical disc format. Digital Betacam is launched.
  • 1994 - MUSE Hi-Vision LaserDisc is launched on 20 May in Japan. The first consumer high definition video disc. D5 W-VHS is launched, respectively.
  • 1995 - Fox Video changes its name to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, with the release of the Star Wars original trilogy for the last time in its original format, while keeping the Fox Video name. Digital-S (D9) and DV is launched, respectively.
  • 1996 - DVD is launched in Japan and the United States. - The first DVDs are released in the United States with the launch of the format there, with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other cartoons, Winnie the Pooh franchise, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story, Wonder Woman, Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies, The Simpsons, Alias the Jester, Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Hulk, Sesame Street, Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, Rugrats, Popeye, Betty Boop, Felix the Cat, Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, Penny Crayon, Woody Woodpecker, Maya the Bee, Lucy the Mouse, Tom and Jerry, Chowder, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends, The Pink Panther, Star Wars, Mary Poppins, Garfield, ALF, The Smurfs, Peanuts, The Muppets, Heathcliff, Cubitus, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Amy the Little Girl, Wernern and many more, being the first release. The first full wave of titles follow on November 2nd.
  • 1996 - MovieCD is launched
  • 1996 - MiniDVD is launched
  • 1996 - Betacam SX is launched
  • 1997 - The all other many movies from DVDs in the United States. Philips produces the first plasma television to be sold to consumers – the display is 42-inches diagonally and begged a premium price of $15,000. HDCAM and DVD-R is launched, respectively.
  • 1998 - DVD is launched in Europe and Australia. The CBS/Fox name is dropped. CVD, SVCD, Ruvi and D-VHS is launched, respectively.
  • 1999 - The Fox Video name is dropped. DeCSS is released, opening the doors for large-scale DVD copyright infringement. Digital8 is launched.


  • 2000 - Bringing Out the Dead becomes the film to be released on Laserdisc. D6 HDTV VTR is launched.
  • 2001 - In Japan, Tokyo Raiders is the film to be released on LaserDisc anywhere. MPEG IMX and MicroMV is launched, respectively.[5]
  • 2002 - D-VHS D-Theater high definition films are finally available and affordable. The home media company Flicker Alley is established.[6]
  • 2003 - WMV HD is launched with the arrival of the film Standing in the Shadows of Motown. XDCAM, PFD, PVD, HDV and EVD is launched, respectively.
  • 2004 - The film festival Il Cinema Ritrovato holds its first DVD Awards. UMD and HVD is launched.
  • 2005 - Target and Walmart in the United States and several other retailers announce plans to phase out the VHS format entirely by early 2006, in favor of the more popular DVD format. FVD is launched.[7]
  • 2006 - HD DVD is launched on 18 April; Blu-ray Disc is launched on 20 June. MiniBD is launched. After nearly 30 years, VHS as a format for major motion pictures, with A History of Violence becoming the last major film to be released in the medium. VMD is launched.[8]
  • 2007 - AACS is circumvented. HVD is launched.
  • 2008 - Blu-ray becomes new video medium after long competition with HD-DVD. British home media company Eureka Entertainment acquires and consolidates the Masters of Cinema organization. CBHD is launched.[9]
  • 2009 - Mary Poppins released on 45th anniversary DVD.


  • 2010 - The Video Recordings Act of 2010 is introduced in the UK.[10]
  • 2011 - The Fox and the Hound / The Fox and the Hound 2 re-released as 30th anniversary edition Blu-ray/DVD combos
  • 2012 - Casablanca re-released as 70th Anniversary Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack
  • 2013 - The Wizard of Oz - 75th Anniversary DVD, Blu-ray & Blu-ray 3D
  • 2014 - It is announced that Internet streaming has reduced DVD sales in Sweden.[11]
  • 2015Sony announces it will cease producing Betamax tapes from March 2016.[12]
  • 2016 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray is launched. VHS ends in December 31st 2016. Kino Classics releases the Blu-ray/DVD box set "Pioneers of African-American Cinema", which collects numerous restored films by African American filmmakers from the first half of the 20th century.[13] Funai Electric becomes the last company to stop producing videocassette recorders.[14]
  • 2017 - The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Vault Series: Collector's Edition DVD
  • 2018 - Kino Classics releases the Blu-ray/DVD box set "Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers", which curates numerous restored films by women filmmakers from the early decades of cinema.[15]
  • 2019 - When Harry Met Sally..., 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray


  • 2020
  • 2021
  • 2022 - Encanto releases the DVD and Blu-ray, and becomes the last film to be released on Laserdisc.
  • 2023
  • 2024
  • 2025
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  • 2027
  • 2028
  • 2029


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