Re: Can we finally settle this?
"Was it actually better than VHS or not?"
Technically, it had the *potential* to be better than VHS.
But with time, and all that development being poured into VHS, it became better than Beta.
Hypothetically, if both were developed in paralell, Beta would be better, however, it had a tape length issue that VHS almost ran circles around. You could use a thinner tape (as in 4 hour VHS tapes), but wear becomes an issue, so longer films would have killed beta in the rental market.
Sure, with the benefit of hindsight, it became a case of who cares, but today, you really can't tell the future, regardless of the marketing people claim.