Sony introduced the Betamax on this date in 1975. I bought the first Beta Hi-FI VCR for my 30th birthday in 1983. It cost about $750 (which would be $1890.86 in 2018 dollars). Sony had retrofitted an old-style model and it weighed 32 pounds. It had a wireless remote control but you could only program one event. VHS did not introduce HI-FI until 1984. Blade Runner and Apocalypse Now were among the first Beta Hi-Fi tapes released. In 1986, my house was broken into and the burglars took the VCR from the third floor to the first floor and left it there. Beta was already on the way out.