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TI
TIGHazard Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Depends on the type of cleaning tape, my grandparents had a dry cleaning tape which had a picture and tone on the video to let you know when the heads were clean, a tape like that you'd be able to record on.


I had one that had a video graphic explaining what it was doing inside the VCR while it was working (it was by Scotch).

Weirdly, it had a warning at the start to not use it in TV/VCR combo systems. I'm not sure why. Also kinda useless if you'd already bought the tape and opened it.
VM
VMPhil Granada North West Today
In 1986, apparently you could show a pair of breasts in a title sequence at 7pm and nobody batted an eyelid?

https://www.tvark.org/?page=media&mediaid=101030
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
In 1986, apparently you could show a pair of breasts in a title sequence at 7pm and nobody batted an eyelid?

https://www.tvark.org/?page=media&mediaid=101030


All about context most probably. Most likely skinny dipping and she hasn't just got those out for the sake of getting them out... *ahem*
VM
VMPhil Granada North West Today
No I know it's not sexual or anything, but still, you'd never see that casually in a title sequence now!
JB
JasonB London London
In 1986, apparently you could show a pair of breasts in a title sequence at 7pm and nobody batted an eyelid?

https://www.tvark.org/?page=media&mediaid=101030


All about context most probably. Most likely skinny dipping and she hasn't just got those out for the sake of getting them out... *ahem*


The water from the pool is covering them too.
Have you washed your hands?
RD
RDJ Central (West) Midlands Today
Depends on the type of cleaning tape, my grandparents had a dry cleaning tape which had a picture and tone on the video to let you know when the heads were clean, a tape like that you'd be able to record on.


I had one that had a video graphic explaining what it was doing inside the VCR while it was working (it was by Scotch).

Weirdly, it had a warning at the start to not use it in TV/VCR combo systems. I'm not sure why. Also kinda useless if you'd already bought the tape and opened it.




Was it this one by any chance? I was intrigued as to why you couldn't rewind and that when it did come to rewinding you had to do it via the Scan/Search function.
Central News South January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
LL
Larry the Loafer Granada North West Today
Would it be because the head wouldn't be touching the tape if you stopped before rewinding? I don't know what "clean tape path" means but I'm assuming that's something to do with it.
TI
TIGHazard Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
RDJ posted:
Depends on the type of cleaning tape, my grandparents had a dry cleaning tape which had a picture and tone on the video to let you know when the heads were clean, a tape like that you'd be able to record on.


I had one that had a video graphic explaining what it was doing inside the VCR while it was working (it was by Scotch).

Weirdly, it had a warning at the start to not use it in TV/VCR combo systems. I'm not sure why. Also kinda useless if you'd already bought the tape and opened it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxGuumZ4UxE

Was it this one by any chance? I was intrigued as to why you couldn't rewind and that when it did come to rewinding you had to do it via the Scan/Search function.


Yes. Although that version is missing the warning at the start (or the uploader didn't capture it)
SP
Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Weirdly, it had a warning at the start to not use it in TV/VCR combo systems. I'm not sure why. Also kinda useless if you'd already bought the tape and opened it.


At a guess, an abundance of caution because of the higher temperature inside such a combo device and the flammable cleaning solution on the tape?
Write that down in your copybook now.
JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
RDJ posted:
Depends on the type of cleaning tape, my grandparents had a dry cleaning tape which had a picture and tone on the video to let you know when the heads were clean, a tape like that you'd be able to record on.


I had one that had a video graphic explaining what it was doing inside the VCR while it was working (it was by Scotch).

Weirdly, it had a warning at the start to not use it in TV/VCR combo systems. I'm not sure why. Also kinda useless if you'd already bought the tape and opened it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxGuumZ4UxE

Was it this one by any chance? I was intrigued as to why you couldn't rewind and that when it did come to rewinding you had to do it via the Scan/Search function.


No it wasn't, it was just white text on a black background that said something like "When you can see this clearly, your heads are clean". I do think it was Scotch branded though. She may well still have it somewhere in a drawer, I can look next time I'm there.
LL
Larry the Loafer Granada North West Today
RDJ posted:

I had one that had a video graphic explaining what it was doing inside the VCR while it was working (it was by Scotch).

Weirdly, it had a warning at the start to not use it in TV/VCR combo systems. I'm not sure why. Also kinda useless if you'd already bought the tape and opened it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxGuumZ4UxE

Was it this one by any chance? I was intrigued as to why you couldn't rewind and that when it did come to rewinding you had to do it via the Scan/Search function.


No it wasn't, it was just white text on a black background that said something like "When you can see this clearly, your heads are clean". I do think it was Scotch branded though. She may well still have it somewhere in a drawer, I can look next time I'm there.


This one?

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MI
Michael
A fairly insignificant junction here but it made me realise how little Granada continuity I've seen. Some regions seem over represented online - the South West for example, but despite the fairly high population of the North West either no-one recorded or kept anything


Different demographics. More affluent areas could more easily afford VHS machines and, more importantly, more quantity of VHS tapes so they didn't tape over everything constantly.

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