To celebrate our 20th anniversary of providing reliable IT support across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, each month we will be looking back to how technology have changed over the last 20 years.

This month, we are looking back to when VHS videos were the standard format and most households used them to watch the latest films. This all changed in 1995 when the first version of the DVD was developedTechnology in 1995

The first DVD, or ‘digital video disc’, was invented and developed back in 1995 by Philips, Sony, Matsushita and Toshiba.

To begin with Matsushita and Toshiba were developing their own disc technology and so were Philips and Sony. Unfortunately, these two disc formats were not at all compatible. To prevent a possible VHS/Betamax battle, the computer industry, including Microsoft, Intel, Apple and IBM, gave them an ultimatum…either produce a single standard together or have no support from the computer world.

By the end of 1995 a DVD-ROM standard had been created after a compromise was made between the two technologies originally developed. The first DVD then went on sale in Japan at the end of 1995, in the United States in 1997 and finally hitting Europe and the UK in 1998.

Keep your eye out for our next month’s blog looking back how different technology was back in 1995.

(Source: PC Tech Guide)