Hitachi CED Videodisc Player - SelectaVision
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Hitachi CED Videodisc Player - SelectaVision

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Date of Manufacture: 1983
Quantity Available: 1
Working Condition: Untested
Physical Condition: Average (Some Marking)
Original Box: No

This Hitachi Video Disc player, model VIP 201P, used a format called Capacitance Electronic Disc (CED) - and audio / video playback system developed by RCA. This allowed video and audio to be played back on a TV using a special analog needle and high-density groove system similar to records.

It was first conceived in 1964, and the CED system was widely seen as a technological success, but despite this, the CED system fell victim to poor planning, conflicts within RCA, and technical difficulties that stalled production of the system for 17 years until 1981. Obviously by this time the emerging Betamax and VHS videocassette formats were becoming available in the marketplace. Sales for the system were nowhere near projected estimates, and by 1986, RCA had discontinued the project, losing an estimated $600 million in the process.

The format was commonly known as "videodisc", leading to much confusion with Laserdisc format, which is mutually incompatible with this format.

The name "SelectaVision" was RCA's brand name for the CED system.
Features of the Hitachi VIP201P Videodisc player :
  • Automatically senses Dual Audio Discs and allows channel toggling via front panel or remote.
  • Infrared Remote Control was included with the player.
  • The only non-RCA-made player to feature a wireless infrared remote.
  • Page Mode entered by simultaneously depressing both 16x visual search buttons.
We also have a number of CED Videodiscs including Taxi Driver and Stir Crazy and The Owl and the Pussy Cat ...

Hire Charges

Hire Charges

We currently do not have our charges listed online, but we are happy to quote you by phone. Please call us on 01440 709794 and we'll be happy to help.

Minimum Order Charge

We do have a minimum order charge of £50 (excluding delivery) for all hires. This is to cover the time involved in organising and dispatching a single small item. Sorry :-(


New clients are required to pay in advance by BACS or credit card. Repeat customers can open a credit account with us on 30 days terms.

Multiple Items & Job Lots

If you're looking to fit out an entire set and need many items, we are happy to quote a discounted rate based on the quantity of items.

Dry Hire

The term dry hire means to hire an item without having a technician supplied to support it. Most of our small items are available to dry hire, but some of the more complicated equipment that require specialist knowledge are not. In these cases we will deliver the item(s) personally and set them up for you. Please call us for a quotation based on the hire period and location.


Delivery to You (Courier)

We use a courier to deliver all items that can be sent in this way. There is a charge of £18 per box and we will advise you how many boxes there will be.

Delivery to You (Delivered by Us)

For larger items and fragile items such as televisions we do not use couriers. We have a tail-lift transit van and will deliver the items to the set or wherever they are required.

Delivery to London is £95 (+ £11.50 if in Congestion Zone + parking if required + tolls if required)

Our £95 rate applies to any single delivery address inside the M25 - which covers destinations such as Pinewood, Elstree and Studios around Ealing/Greenford.

Delivery to Leeds or York is £250 + VAT

Delivery to S. Wales (Cardiff) is £225 + VAT (Swansea + £50)

Delivery to Manchester £225 + VAT

Delivery to Birmingham £150 + VAT

Collection charges are the same as our delivery charges.

Next Day or Same Day Delivery

Next Day or Same Day delivery is possible. However, we do sometimes need time to prepare and dispatch the items especially if they need to be set-up in a specific way. Generally speaking we need at least 2 days notice before dispatch. However, when it comes to the crunch, we can react quickly. In this situation we can only delivery using our own transport at the costs quoted above.


We do not normally work weekends. It can be arranged if you give us at least 7 days notice. However, there is a surcharge of 50% for weekend work.

Returning the Items

It is your responsibility to return the items within the agreed hire period. Return delivery is also at your cost. YOU MUST make sure that you pack the items very well with plenty of protective bubble wrap around them. Any damage to the items, whether during use or during return transit will be charged in full. We take photographs of all items immediately before they are dispatched.

Equipment Failure

Due to the electrical nature and age of the equipment we provide, you must be aware that it is possible that the equipment may (although unlikely) fail during the hire period. This is particularly relevant to old televisions and computers. You are hiring the equipment on the understanding that failure is a possibility. We cannot be held responsible for any problems or costs arising from the failure. However, we will always do our absolute best to replace the item with a similar model. Please note that whilst we will not charge for the replacement item or the time involved in getting a replacement working, the transport costs in getting the replacement to you is your responsibility. This is an uncommon occurrence, but it must be understood that it can happen. By hiring equipment from us you are confirming that you understand and agree this.

Damage & Insurance

It is your responsibility to ensure the equipment you hire from us is covered by your own insurance. Please check the items as soon as your receive them. If there is any notable damage that looks like it was sustained in transit, please contact us. Any damage to the items, whether during use or during return transit will be charged in full. We take photographs of all items immediately before they are dispatched.

Late Returns

Items returned after the agreed date will be charged for at the first week rate plus 50% for every full week after the agreed return date. Please ensure that the items are returned within the agreed period as failure to do so may affect another hire and cause problems for us all!

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