Video: Saved by the Numbers

A few handy stats for the home revolution

So maybe you're not one of the 2.8 million Americans who own a videotape machine. Maybe you don't even live in one of the estimated 22 million households wired for cable. Does that mean you have to be silent while everyone else natters on with lofty ideas about the "video revolution"? Absolutely not! Herewith a few handy statistics to toss into all the heady talk. Just two hints for beginners: never speak of Betamaxes (that's not a generic term, it's a Sony product name); and never call...

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