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To everything, there is a season, and Japanese manufacturers are calling an end to the VCR's season.

The staple of home entertainment in the 1980s and 90s—not to mention the squiggly lines that came from pausing excessively, showing all your friends and family the nude scenes you enjoyed most—will cease to be. The last manufacturer, Funai Electric, announced it would no longer make them after years of declining sales.

There are collectors who will keep the VCR dream alive. David Jinks, who collects VHS tapes, told The Independent: