The home of the
PAL video system       Betamax, Betacam, U-matic & Video 2000 information Updated: 10th November 2015
The very first PALsite, on-line since April 1997. It now contains over 350 pages, covering all aspects of the Betamax format.
The Betacam format has become the defacto broadcast video format world-wide. It's derivatives Betacam SP, Digital Betacam and Betacam SX are at the forefront of video technology today.

Over 50 Betacam accessories now listed.

umatic U-MATIC PALsite
The U-matic broadcast format has been around for over 20 years now and still refuses to die.
V2000 V2000 PALsite
Philips consumer video format for the millennium that didn't quite make it.

The PALsites contain a wealth of information about their respective video format. Including comprehensive model lists, detailed overview, technical, specification and accessory information.

End of an era: Sony to stop making Betamax tapes. Long live Betamax Sony have announced they will stop making Betamax video tapes. Sony have said they will stop selling Betamax takes in March 2016 or earlier if stocks run out. This marks the end of an era, although the machines have not been available since 2002, by no longer making the video cassettes the Betamax video format now marks another point in its fourty year history. However, as selected Betacam tapes can be used in Betamax vcrs there is no need to panic.

Betamax is still relevant to our lives. Betamax is still very relevant to our lives even if we don't realise it. 30 years ago in January 1984, the US Supreme Court ruled that recording television shows on Betamax video cassettes so that you could watch them at a later time did not constitute copyright infringement. This ruling paved the way for all kinds of technology that we've since used to make copies of copyrighted material, including CD burners, MP3 players and DVRs. Read more... contains:

  • Format descriptions and technical specifications
  • Parts lists containing full lists of Remote Controls, Pinch Rollers, Video Heads, Belts and much more!
  • Repair Centre: Including full Head & Belt Cleaning Guides
  • Contact listings of suppliers of new equipment and those elusive spare parts
  • High resolution Gallery Pages
  • Puzzles and Quizzes

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