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CED Digest Vol. 7 No. 6  •  2/9/2002


20 Years Ago In CED History:

February 10, 1982:
* According to a report by a food scientist at the University of Wisconsin,
deep-fat frying generates fewer mutagens - chemicals that can alter the genetic
structure of cells - than other methods of cooking in which the same high
temperatures are reached.

RCA Introduces New VideoDisc Player with Optional Retail Price of $349.95

NASHVILLE, Tenn., February 10 -- Supported by a sharply higher level of
consumer awareness of video disc players, RCA today introduced a new
"SelectaVision" VideoDisc player model with an optional retail price of

Jack K. Sauter, RCA Group Vice President and General Manager of the Consumer
Electronics Division, said the new lower price level of RCA's monaural
VideoDisc player was planned at this time to match the rapid rise in the
public's awareness of the video disc product. "The awareness level now stands
at 61 percent of the population owning a color TV set, according to our newest
research findings." he said.

Compared with the video cassette recorder, "which represents a more established
new video product, the video disc player now stands only 13 percent behind the
VCR in consumer awareness," Mr. Sauter said. He explained that "the consumer
must be sufficiently knowledgeable about a product before a price/value
relationship can be established and a purchase decision considered."

At the same time, RCA reported that total industry retail sales of "CED" video
disc players amounted to an estimated 105,000 units in 1981. Including imported
competitive brands of the "CED" system, Mr. Sauter said that total industry
sales at the consumer level during the product's introductory year "were quite
encouraging considering the recessionary atmosphere of the nation's economy."

RCA also estimated that the company closed out the year with sales of 2.1
million "CED" video disc albums at the factory level, "a considerably higher
total than was expected," Mr. Sauter said.

He noted previous reports from RCA's "SelectaVision" VideoDiscs operation that
disc sales to the consumer have been exceptionally strong, with many video disc
player owners purchasing double the number of discs that RCA had anticipated
before launching its VideoDisc system last March.

"In providing distributors and retailers with an opportunity to offer a
significantly lower priced player that has the advantage of a full year of
manufacturing experience, RCA obviously expects to benefit from a total
business opportunity that includes the player as well as continuing multiple
album purchases," Mr. Sauter said.

RCA's new SGT100 model VideoDisc player weighs only 20 pounds and is as
extremely compact as the initial model, SFT100. It features Visual Search which
allows both forward and reverse scanning of a program while continuously
displaying a picture on the screen. The player also includes Rapid Access, a
high speed feature that locates any desired segment of the disc using a digital
time indicator.

The replaced SFT100 model player will be offered to RCA distributors at a
specially reduced price, Mr. Sauter said. "It is quite possible that portions
of the trade which take a less traditional approach with their profit margins
may elect to offer the closeout model at today's competitive price point of
$299.95," he added.

RCA's national advertising campaign for its VideoDisc system will be
highlighted in the first quarter by a special 1,500-line newspaper ad that is
scheduled to run in more than 220 newspaper editions on Thursday, February 25.
The new lower price of RCA's VideoDisc player will be featured in the ad, Mr.
Sauter noted.

February 11, 1982:
* France nationalizes five groups of major industries and 39 banks.

February 12, 1982:
* Pope John Paul II begins a visit to West Africa in his first trip abroad
since the May 1981 attempt on his life.
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: The Seduction.

February 13, 1982:
* A U.S. military advisor in El Salvador is ordered home after being seen on
film carrying an M-16 rifle in violation of regulations.
* A civil court judge in El Salvador orders five former national guardsmen held
for further investigation of the murders of three Roman Catholic nuns and a lay
co-worker in December 1980.

February 14, 1982:
* The leaders of 11 member nations of the Organization of African Unity (OAU)
conclude four days of talks in Nairobi. The conflicts in Western Sahara and
Chad were the main topics of discussion.
* Bobby Allison, driving a Buick, wins $927,625 at the Daytona 500 in Florida.

February 15, 1982:
* The offshore oil rig Ocean Ranger sinks about 175 nautical miles off
Newfoundland, killing all 84 crew members.

February 16, 1982:
* In a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Menahem Begin, President Reagan denies
charges that the U.S. is drifting from its policy of full support from Israel.
Begin had sent Reagan a letter of protest over statements made in Jordan by
U.S. Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger suggesting that the U.S. would sell
advanced antiaircraft missiles and fighter planes to that country.
* More than 30 seamen are lost when the Soviet freighter Mekhanik Tarasov sinks
in a storm off Newfoundland.

Date: Sun, 03 Feb 2002 23:03:01 -0600
From: Bob Stocki <stockir>
Subject: Terapin VCD Recorder

I've read conflicting reports regarding the quality of video offered by
the Terapin VCD recorder.  One reviewer said the the resulting quality
was lower than acceptable.  Another reported that the image looked
pixellated on his television set, but fine when the disc was played back
on his computer.  I notice that several readers of this newsletter are
beginning to copy their CEDs to CD-Rs using this device.  What kind of
results have our readers been getting?  I'd like to know before
investing in one.

Bob Stocki
Milwaukee, WI

Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2002 15:09:05 -0800
From: "Highlander" <d69stu>
Subject: Subscribe

Have an SGT0750 and thought I'd look around for parts...

Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2002 15:29:27 -0800
From: Keith Turner <accudes>
Subject: CED Stylus Cartridges

For anyone looking for Stylus Cartridges for CED players, I have seen a few
while doing searches for CED Movies and Players in general on eBay's web site.
I have a spare, which I have had for a few years now, that I Purchased through
an RCA supplier, but I can't remember or find the contact information any
Keith D. Turner
(714) 392-6887
(714) 533-9366

Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 23:37:18 -0600
Subject: ced's for sale
From: homert j simpson <w-corleone>

I have a Humpury Bogart double feature for sale.  The first CED is
Casablanca, and the second one is Key Largo.  Both discs play FLAWLESSLY
on my sjt 400 player, no skips or things of that nature.  there listed on
ebay now, and they are going for $5.00 + $3.20 shipping.  Please let the
mailing list folks know .

warmest regards


Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2002 17:38:26 -0800 (PST)
From: Mark Edwards <mark62334>
Subject: Re: CED Digest Vol. 7 No. 5
To: Tom Howe <>


Is there anyway to see the CED TV show on the


Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 18:21:40 -0800
From: "Tom Howe" <>
Subject: Lum Fong Featured CED

Hello All:

For those of you who have asked about this hybrid CED/Audio LP, it is the
current Featured CED at the site: --Tom


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