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Hitachi CED Videodisc Player - SelectaVision

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 ...

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Hire Charges

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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.

Hitachi CED Videodisc Player - SelectaVision Prop For Hire


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