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CED Digest Vol. 1 No. 7  •  12/28/1996


From: RedCircus
Date: Wed, 25 Dec 1996 20:23:07 -0500
Subject: some discs for sale

Greetings fellow CED collectors!

Here's a brand new batch of VideoDiscs to pick through -

BLACK SUNDAY (2 discs)
SUPERMAN 2 (2 discs)

....these VideoDiscs are $5 per disc (+ $2 shipping)


DURAN DURAN (videos)
SPACE SHUTTLE MISSION REPORTS 5, 6 & 7 (w/box & booklet)

....these VideoDiscs are $10 each (+ $2 shipping)

email to:



From: (Neil Wagner)
Subject: Videodisc History, Part 4
Date: Thu, 26 Dec 1996 04:08:30 GMT

More from my collection of old Popular Science magazines:

>From the May 1979 "Look and Listen" by William J. Hawkins -
  Quick Looks
    This may be the year for videodics.  The trial sale of Magnavision
    units in Georgia was better than Magnavox expected, according to a
    company spokesman.  Pioneer will be offering the MCA industrial
    version under its brand soon, and RCA is planning to take its
    system off the shelf and gear up for sales.  It should be an
    interesting battle over software.

>From the September 1979 "Look and Listen" by William J. Hawkins -
  Disc Player Comes (to My) Home
      Seven years ago a new video product was introduced in Popular
    Science.  THe prorotype was called a video disc player.  Using a
    laser beam of light as a "stylus," full-color TV pictures with
    stereo sound were electronically extracted from a mirror-like
    recording disc spinning at some 1800 rpm on a special player.  And
    it could do more:  Special controls let you show pictures in slow
    motion, fast motion, still frame, or even reverse.
      It's no longer in the lab.  The unit shown above is called
    Magnavision and I've been watching full-length movies like 'Jaws'
    and 'Smokey and the Bandit' on it for some time now.  It's the
    consumer version of the MCA/Philips disc player sold through
    selected Magnavox dealers for $695.  The picture quality is
    excellent, and sound quality, even though played through my
    conventional TV set, is better than standard TV shows (though a
    hi-fi amp, or using it with one of the new high-fidelity TV's,
    would enhance it further).
      But picture and sound quality is something I more or less took
    for granted.  What impressed me most was the follow-through on the
    features and versatility of the player.  All the slow, fast, and
    freeze-motion controls, originally shown in previous prototypes,
    are still there--gadgetry that could have been dropped in favor of
    a lower price tag.  (The laser reading head shown in the right
    photo moves across the record slowly, quickly, or stops in one
    position.)  They are not now a necessity (unless you've got the
    nerve to watch 'Jaws' slowly).  The real value will come, it's
    predicted, in about two years--that's when the first video
    catalog is expected.  Imagine getting a Sears disc through the
    mail instead of the bulky paper catalog.  Put it on the disc
    player, push a button, and a digital "page" number (it's actually
    a picture-frame number) appears on the screen.  Advance the player
    to frame 2335, for example, to see the next shop tool you want to
    buy.  With that kind of capability, the uses of the player,
    besides simple entertainment, are endless.
      The unit easily attaches to the TV--by a connection to the
    antenna terminals.  Included on the rear of the player, however,
    are two-channel audio jacks and a video output.  These can be used
    for a direct feed for optimum audio and video quality through
    projection TV systems or even video cassette tape recorders.
    (Taping discs for financial gain is illegal, however.)
      Some critics have said that owners of video cassette recorders
    won't want a disc player, and vice versa.  Not true.  After using
    both in my home together, there is no doubt in my mind that the
    two complement one another for a total enterainment and--soon--
    information center.

Neil -

From: (Neil Wagner)
Subject: Happy Holidays
Date: Thu, 26 Dec 1996 04:08:42 GMT

One down and one to go.

Hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season.

Neil -

Date: Fri, 27 Dec 1996 10:14:41 -0500 (EST)
From: James Farley
Subject: RCA selectavision player

Looking for rca model sjt-200 or any stero player.
Thank you.Jim Farley.

Date: Fri, 27 Dec 1996 21:54:21 -0800
From: Tom Howe
Subject: RE:Cleaning CED's

In regards to washing CED's with soap and water, I have done this on a couple
discs, but would only recommend it under the most extraordinary of
circumstances. In one instance, I got a disc (the rare Gremlins)  that had been
on the bottom of a stack of CED's in a basement, where it had been repeatedly
soaked with muddy water. After washing the dried mud off, the disc played OK. In
the other instance, the heater core in my car ruptured, squirting antifreeze all
over a CED that was lying on the floor. This disc too was OK after being washed.
When doing this the final rinse should be distilled water, so no mineral
deposits are left in the disc grooves, and keep in mind that washing removes the
silicon coating from the disc, resulting in increased stylus and disc wear,
increased susceptibility to "video virus" and probably will ultimately shorten
the shelf life of the disc, since the PVC will be directly exposed to
atmospheric hydrocarbons and ozone.


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