For many people, video recorders are something your parents talk about.
Millennials believe DVDs are old hat, so when mums and dads start reminiscing about VCRs, few have a clue what they are on about.
So it will come as a surprise to learn that the last known maker of videocassette recorders in the world is to cease production in a few weeks’ time – and it’s the box set-generation to blame.
Japan’s Funai Electric has been making the recorders since the heyday of VHS tapes more than 30 years ago.
But the arrival of DVDs in the late 1990s saw the beginning of the end of VCRs and now the boom in on-demand TV recording through satellite channels, box sets and streaming content via outlets such as Amazon Prime and Netflix, has signed the death warrant of VHS.
At its peak, Funai sold some 15 million VCRs a year but last year shipped just 750,000, mainly on behalf of China’s Sanyo.
According to a report in the Nikkei newspaper, the fact that Sony stopped making VHS tapes last year added to the pressure facing Funai to find a market, as well as parts for its machines. Funai will cease production at the end of August, said Nikkei.
While some vintage technology, such as vinyl, has enjoyed a renaissance, experts believe there will be little appeal to see VCRs make a comeback.
Tania Loeffler, an analyst at IHS Technology, told the BBC: “I don’t see VCR becoming like vinyl, where a lot of people appreciated the warmness of how something sounds on vinyl.
"The quality on VHS is not something I think anyone would want to go back to.”