Before There Were DVDs: The Film Industry

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About This Quiz

Just as the market for VHS sales was proving itself, the industry brought us the new standard: DVDs. In this quiz, we'll be looking at exactly what changed within the film industry during that time and in the decades since. Can you tell fact from fiction about this high-tech topic?

The first home video camera debuted for sale in 1963.

The first home video system, including a camera, monitor, 100-pound video recorder and special cabinet, was offered in the 1963 Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog -- for $30,000!


Color VHS was invented in the mid-1980s, after camcorders became popular.

It was a little earlier than that -- JVC first introduced color VHS to the world in 1976.


Currently, the highest possible resolution for digital video is 26 megapixels.

Even in 2007, under certain lab conditions, scientists were able to demonstrate UHDTV ("U" for "Ultra") at 33 megapixels and 60 frames per second.


The copyright industry employs fewer than 10 million workers in the U.S.

Actually, 12 million American workers are currently employed in the copyright industry.


A single print of a film costs thousands of dollars to make.

A single film print -- the physical copy of the movie that gets sent to the theater in a metal lockbox -- can cost up to $2,000.


The first IMAX 3-D feature, 2004's "Polar Express," earned 14 times as much per screen as its 2D version.

The IMAX 3-D "Polar Express" was released in November of 2004 to only 66 IMAX locations, and it made 25 percent of the total gross and earned about 14 times as much per screen as the 2D version.


It costs more than $50 million to convert a film to 3D.

Currently, the average cost to convert a standard film to 3D is about $30 million.


Almost one-third of Americans admit to copying a DVD in the last six months of 2010.

Futuresource Consulting reports that 32 percent of U.S. respondents made at least one illegal copy of a DVD over these six months -- that's a 10 percent increase from two years before.


Fewer than half of those who burn DVDs illegally eventually purchase the real title.

Almost 80 percent of people asked said they'd be more likely to purchase a real copy of a DVD if they were unable to burn it, and 60 percent claimed they actually did purchase the real title.


DVD piracy costs American workers less than a billion dollars a year.

In fact, the numbers are slightly more staggering: 375,000 jobs are lost each year to piracy, costing U.S. workers $16 billion in earnings.


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