Video: VCRs Go on Fast Forward

Proliferating players and tapes spread Western fare worldwide

In India it is a sign of status. In Saudi Arabia it is a virtual oasis in a cultural desert. In China it is a window on a forbidden world. It is the video cassette recorder (VCR). As sales of the machine move into fast forward around the world (Japanese manufacturers, the world's leaders, have shipped 3.5 million units to Europe during the first three quarters of this year, a leap of 196% over last year), it threatens to replace the television aerial as the most familiar...

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