YouTube Goes Analog With Tape Mode To Commemorate 57th Anniversary of VHS


If you’ve missed watching movies on VHS, it’s making a comeback — at least for one day.

In honor of the 57th anniversary of the first commercial video cassette recorder, YouTube is bringing back the static, fuzzy quality of a worn-out VHS tape on selected videos.

YouTube said in a statement on its Google+ page: “Not too long ago, the video tape was the media of choice for living rooms around the world. In celebration of the 57th birthday of the first commercial video cassette recorder, check out a fun VHS mode for the YouTube player to relive the magic feel of vintage video tapes.”


If you see a VHS button on your video, click on it and re-live the analog era. Although you will get VHS-quality video, the video’s sound will remain the same in VHS mode. You can only use VHS mode while on the YouTube website, and it’s not available on embedded videos.

Want to see how the viral “Ship My Pants” video looks like in VHS mode? Click here.

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