This was Pre-VHS, Pre-Beta, Pre-Laserdisc, and was my first movie collecting addiction. We had over 150 video discs including the Star Wars trilogy, The Rocky Movies, and Close Encounters…to this day in Empire Strikes Back when Yoda looks down after Luke enters the Tree of the Dark side on Dagobah I get an immediate nerve cue to get up and flip the disc (each side could only contain 60 minutes of content).
“What is this thing?” You ask? Well it was the Capacitance Electronic Disc or CED; The first home movie viewing device post projecter developed by RCA in the late sixties, but not released to the public until 1980.
The format was commonly known as “videodisc”, leading to much confusion with the contemporary Laserdisc format. Laserdiscs were read optically with a laser beam, whereas CED videodiscs were read physically with a stylus, rather like a conventional gramophone record. The two systems were mutually incompatible.
The name “SelectaVision” was RCA’s brand name for the CED system. It was also used for some early RCA brand VCRs,and other experimental projects at RCA. Click ahead to see the How to video included with every Selectavision device! (more…)