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Race to the finish; RCA's final gamble (CED Part 5) technology connections

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The end is near. The death knell approaches. What will become of RCA’s invention? And is this really the end? Would you like fries with that?

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Technology Connections 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

Hello! I'd like to thank you all for coming on this bizarre journey with me. Telling the story of the CED has been a lot of fun, but it also required a lot more… storytelling than I typically do. However, once I found Margaret B. W. Graham's book on the subject, well first of all the story is frankly bonkers and quite enjoyable, but also I felt the real nuts and bolts of the story deserved to see the light of day.
Not a lot of info is online beyond "what is this product?" and "It failed because VCRs". And without the context that Graham provides, the entire idea seems outlandishly foolish. In the end we know it was, but I think there are a lot of truly valuable lessons to learn from this ordeal.
Thanks for putting up with this project, and as I said at the end – if there's anything you'd like to know that I didn't cover in these video please ask! I may make a follow-up video down the road.

almostfm 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

It sounds like what my brother in law said about IBM at the end of his time there: "It's like they sat down and said: Let's see what we're good at, so we can stop doing it"

KORTOKtheSTRONG 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

i like the emphasis on having a shared goal; if people work together, they can optimize something sub-par so hard that it becomes par

Angry cowboy man 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

Let's go back to 1974

Me a Walten Files Fan: intense screaming

James F 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

My family had a CED player… it was actually pretty awesome 😀 Not having to rewind cartoons was pretty cool ngl

stephen flint 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

I wish I had that vintage selectavision to go along with my vintage RCA clock! They look so similar.

grimiskitty 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

I use to have an old rca radio when I was younger, I think it use to be my moms or something, but I'm pretty sure it was made after rca went out of business. I don't know what happened to it, but I'm pretty sure their slapping that label on radios still.

Joe Henry 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

Your videos really are entertaining and educational. Like Bill Nye for somewhat past electronic techs

Rob Friedrich 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

CED is not more than a improved TED and came too late, because laser played discs came.

Memetics 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

Thanks Alec! That was an amazing documentary series. Really appreciate the depth and detail you go into.

1162puppy 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

I love your commentary I still have one. And several discs. also have LaserDisc. And so on a big collection of old school but at the time new school

Dimes On His Eyes 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

I have an plasma RCA tv that is more than a decade old and it has been a really good tv. I know much of their stuff was crap but this little on sale tv we got in 2009 turned out to be a great investment. We put it in the back room but it has lived through 2 other tvs now.
Keep up the good work little RCA

Chris M 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

I've worked in the private sector….. They expect results

Travis Wilson 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

Do more long-form series like these. Please.

Shakis87 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

mmmm noodle soup

drdca 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

Wonder how much it would cost someone today to make a one-off disk in this format

Justa Youtuber 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

You need to learn to edit. This didn't need to be 5 episodes. 2 max

F TP 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

18:45 epic, subtle joke

J C 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

Imagine trying to walk out of the store with a 2x2ft videodisk of porn lol
But keep in mind that "adult content" wasn't just pornography. Dirty themed movies and movies with any suggestive content or language… This was the women's liberation movement prime time. For that matter they would have been choosing which political views were in their content.

vhs and beta offered what we all wanted in america: freedom. Record tv. ok. Record your own life. ok. Make a copy of your movies to share. ok. TV your way. And I think VHS won that battle almost entirely because of the camcorders. The tv recording and playback was basically the same. The only real difference was that the beta camera sucked. Why get the same system with a worse camera?

The really interesting thing is that when dvds and other digital devices came out, the choice was clear. Digital is better. Bluray is better, but it was an unnecessary cost for most people, but it did ok. Now it's pretty much all streaming and downloading. But to this very day, people are still watching vhs tapes. People are still recording onto vhs tapes. And not just security systems and nutty collectors, average people buying tapes at goodwill and renting them from the library. New tapes are on amazon….

VHS didn't just win the war against beta, for some people it's won against everything since. That's the crazy story.

postminchoppa 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

as someone who always watches youtube with subtitles, i very much appreciate the efforts that go into your subtitles, just adds the all the great things about this channel 🙂 youre awesome too

Robert Connor 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

Can you do a video about another RCA product, a stereo system called RCA Dimensia. But people kept calling it RCA dementia! It may have been the last product RCA ever made.

Nick Clark 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

19:02 disk pics

R.A. Monigold 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

I'm 74 and in 1963 a group of us pooled our money and someone's older brother bought "us" an 8mm PORN MOVIE. We would go to a "summer cabin" an hour away and watch it projected on a bed sheet, not really knowing what to do about it. And never really getting the irony of the bedsheet. Thanks again for the memory flog. I dig your show and totally dig your parents' contribution to your curiosity – BTW I'm autodidactic myself. Thanks for doing this. It's a LOT of work and filming is just one part.

DeusArtifex 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

Did i miss part 4 somewhere or did it get taken down?

Troy Blackford 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

What a journey! Earlier this afternoon, I had never heard of this format. I really, really enjoyed this entire experience. Thank you for all of your hard work and research.

Yards With Stripes Inc 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều


Phil McCracken 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

Started watching pt. 1 and only realized there was a pt. 2 near the end, then again & again. Now here I am at the end. My father worked at RCA making CRTs for decades till they basically fell apart. It's nice to here all this history as to why.

xXMrPocketsXx 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

I had left YouTube on while I fell asleep waiting for my work to send me jobs via SMS and this auto played. I had drank strong coffee and needed to listen for my phone so I had the most awesome fever dream from the audio of this. Full visualizations of the things you talked about and my inner dialog agreeing that this stuff would have been cool as hell when I was a kid. My dream was so vivid that at one point I was eating Almond Joys in my dream (they tasted awesome and I even had dream coconut in my teeth) just listening to your voice come from the sky.

Mitchell wodach 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

18:22 I beta in the back room all the time! 😉

michael shampine 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

Interesting video's and yes I made it through all of them. The real surprise was that you did! LOL

uniqueflowsnake 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

why cant i fidn part 4? am i just blind 😮

Daniel Thompson 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

Part 4 does not use the same name format as all the others and I had to hunt it down manually since it is not labeled as part 4 of the series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1dDKvuFJ0c

Jim Jackson 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

RCA makes android tablets so they are back.

im_livegolf 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều


TAC NERD 1.0 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

Ok where's part 4???

Steven Wymor 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

No way the Selectavision would have saved RCA if it had been successful. Their demise began long before the Selectavision. It was a terribly managed company even outside the consumer electronics video division.

KageRyuuUji 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

Be Kind! Rewind!

FirePhoenox 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

End Screen please

Eric Haynes 14/09/2021 - 3:29 Chiều

1983: I remember this RCA CED player being sold in a very small town(Knob Noster) appliance store right next to Whiteman Air Force Base in rural Missouri. I lived in the barracks on base and it was hard to get off base because I didn't have a car. But, every once in awhile I'd catch a ride and we'd go to Knob Noster, all I can remember is they had that M.A.S.H CED hanging on the wall. This was before I bought my first VHS player but even then I knew it was a dead system/format. I saw some reviews but it never caught any buzz & I never knew anyone that bought the player. About 6 months later(Spring 1984) I bought a Quasar VHS player for $400 because the price had just dropped. Two years later I was stationed at Incirlik, Turkey and I bought a Hitachi 5+2 Hi-Fi VCR for $600 it was fantastic(but NOT HQ lol). A guy in the room next to me had a Pioneer Laserdisc player and he played a Fleetwood Mac concert on it all the time. Then I started reading about laser rot so I stuck with VHS until late 1992 when I bought a Pioneer Laserdisc player at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. It was the fancy one that would play both sides. In 1997 I bought the first Panasonic DVD player and that was the end of me using the Laserdisc player. I moved from military base to military base every year or so and that Laserdisc player w/discs followed me around 7 different military bases(Florida, Korea, Panama, Guam, Japan, Saudi, Hawaii)until I finally dumped EVERYTHING in the trash in Honolulu in 2002. It really took until around 2003 for the video stores in Honolulu to rent out everything in DVD, and that was the year DVD copying really took off. I did buy a Hitachi HD-DVD player in 2007 it was very good because up to then I saw very little High Def, plus I was back in Korea so definitely no HD via cable or sat. Around 2009 I found out I could download almost anything I wanted in HD quality so that was the year DVD died for me.


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