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The Amazing RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc & Players

Updated on December 31, 2017
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Grantley and Charis with some RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc

Grantley and Charis with some RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc . Two classics
Grantley and Charis with some RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc . Two classics

The RCA SelectaVision system is better known as a vinyl (CED)

The remarkable RCA invention of the Capacitance Electronic Disc took a long time to make it to the public. The RCA SelectaVision system is better known as a vinyl (CED) Disc; this disc was a remarkable designed system that was a state of the art analog video disc that was a playback system that was developed and created by RCA. With this system the video and audio could be played back on a television console using a special diamond needle, and a very detailed, and fine high-density groove system similar to the long playing phonograph records.

The Shining is being played on a SelectaVision Video Disc player.

The RCA Selectavision Video Disc was first Conceived in the 1964

The RCA Selectavision was first conceived in the year 1964, the vinyl CED system was widely believed to be a technological success. The vinyl RCA Selectavision Capacitance Electronic Disc was able to greatly increase the core density and life of what we know as the long-playing know as the (LP) vinyl record. The RCA Selectavision increaste the amount of sound and data a vinyl LP disc could hold by well over two orders of magnitude. Despite this achievement, the RCA Selectavision CED system was plagued with victim very poor planning, and countless corporate conflicts within the RCA Company planning department.

Charis is holding Casablanca, a nice RCA SelectaVision Movies

Charis is holding up Casablanca, one of her favorite RCA SelectaVision Movies
Charis is holding up Casablanca, one of her favorite RCA SelectaVision Movies

Zenith Selectavision, Playing Star Trek the Motion Picture, CED RCA Selectavision

Playing, CED, RCA, Star Trek the Motion Picture, Selectavision

Zenith Selectavision, Playing Star Trek the Motion Picture, CED RCA Selectavision ...  The Capacitance Electronic Disc (CED) is an analog video disc playback system developed by RCA, in which video and audio could be played back on a television.
Zenith Selectavision, Playing Star Trek the Motion Picture, CED RCA Selectavision ... The Capacitance Electronic Disc (CED) is an analog video disc playback system developed by RCA, in which video and audio could be played back on a television.

Zenith Selectavision Player, Playing Star Trek the Motion Picture

"Star Trek the Motion Picture" Played on a Zenith Selectavision

First conceived in 1964, the CED system was widely seen as a technological success which was able to increase the density of a long-playing record by two orders of magnitude. Despite this achievement, the CED system fell victim to poor planning.
First conceived in 1964, the CED system was widely seen as a technological success which was able to increase the density of a long-playing record by two orders of magnitude. Despite this achievement, the CED system fell victim to poor planning.

Casablanca CED being played on a very rare Zenith Selectavision

Was the RCA Selectavision, made Obsolete by The Laser Disc

The RCA Selectavision video disc had many technical difficulties that tragically stalled production of the system for over 17 years from 1964 until 1981. By the time RCA Selectavision and its line of video discs were released the system was almost already made obsolete by invention of the laser videodisc system, which was better known in that era as the DiscoVision, or LaserVision. Also in this era the new boys on the block the Betamax and VHS videocassette formats were battling for first place in the consumer hearts.

Three RCA Selectavision Players Repaired and Working like New.

Sadly in 1984 RCA Stopped the Production of the Selectavision's

RCA Selectavision video disc sales for the system were close to projected estimates. Tragically in the year 1984, the company discontinued Selectavision video disc player production, this occurred a few weeks before RCA was complete absorbed by her new owner General Electric. Then to add insult to injury RCA discontinuing Selectavision video disc software production in 1986, This action cost the company an estimated $600 million in future sales.

A Classic, Treasure Island, on a RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc

A Classic, Treasure Island, on a RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc, Staring  Wallace Beery, as Long John Silver. and Jackie Cooper 	Jackie Cooper as Jim Hawkins.  With the amazing  Lionel Barrymore as Billy Bones. Made 1934, one hour and 50 minutes long.
A Classic, Treasure Island, on a RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc, Staring Wallace Beery, as Long John Silver. and Jackie Cooper Jackie Cooper as Jim Hawkins. With the amazing Lionel Barrymore as Billy Bones. Made 1934, one hour and 50 minutes long.

Amazing, the RCA SelectaVision Video Disc Dealer Introduction

RCA Selectavision Video Disc was also known as Carbon Disc

The format of the RCA Selectavision video disc was referred to as "video disc", This for many years and still even today has leading to much confusion with the contemporaneous Laser Disc formats. The true Laser Discs are read optically with a very specially designed laser beam, whereas the RCA Selectavision are carbon base CED video discs. Just very advanced LP's based on vinyl and detailed groves. The Selectavisions are read physically, with a remarkable diamond stylus that is very similar to a conventional long playing gramophone record needle. These are two very different in concept systems, and are also mutually incompatible. The RCA Selectavision reads the video disc with a fine diamond stylus, and the other a fine beam of laser light that reads the disc.

Grantley Waters Repairing another RCA Selectavision Disc Player

RCA Video Discs were made of multi-layered of a Vinyl Substrate

The first true RCA "SelectaVision" CED prototype discs were made of multi-layered, that consisting of a vinyl substrate, with nickel conductive layer, with a remarkably glow-discharge insulating layer and well placed silicone lubricant on the top layer. It took many months of trail and error to fully solve the problem of the stylus and disc wear, and the many layers of disc complexity forced the manufacturing research department at RCA to search for simpler solutions to the problem for simpler constructing the vidoe disc.

Grantley Repairing Another RCA Selectavision Disc Player

Grantley Waters repairing another Selectavision player, he fixed a laser disc player yesterday, and now he is working on this RCA Selectavison model. He has turned the living room into his repair shop. A good and productive way to spend a Summer.
Grantley Waters repairing another Selectavision player, he fixed a laser disc player yesterday, and now he is working on this RCA Selectavison model. He has turned the living room into his repair shop. A good and productive way to spend a Summer.

CED, Battlestar Galactica, Played on a Zenith Selectavision Player

RCA Selectavision Disc CED, Battlestar Galactica 1978

Selectavision CED, Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction media franchise created by Glen A. Larson. The franchise began with the original television series in 1978 and was followed by a short-run sequel series (Galactica 1980).
Selectavision CED, Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction media franchise created by Glen A. Larson. The franchise began with the original television series in 1978 and was followed by a short-run sequel series (Galactica 1980).

Part One RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc & a Zenith SelectaVision

RCA SelectaVision, Disney's "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea"

RCA SelectaVision Walt Disney's "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea"
RCA SelectaVision Walt Disney's "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea"

The first RCA "SelectaVision" was ten minutes of "Get Smart"

The RCA Company began its extensive investment in videodisc research in the year 1964. This was at first for the attempt to produce a video image by using phonograph-like method of reproducing from embedded groves in the vinyl record video images from movies. The first development team at the RCA Laboratories was originally only comprised four men. In the early years the research and development was slow at the RCA laboratories in the development of the video discs. But by they year 1973 many major hurtles had been pasted and the RCA "SelectaVision" CED team at the RCA laboratories had produced a remarkable sound and vision disc capable of holding well over ten minutes of rich details, and held beautiful color in the first video disc they pressed. This was a ground breaking event. The first "SelectaVision" CED was of a portion of the the made for TV show "Get Smart" from the extremely funny television episode of that show that is titled "Lum Fong" …

RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc & a Zenith Selectavision Player

RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc Walt Disney's "The Black Hole"

RCA SelectaVision Walt Disney's "The Black Hole"  Maximilian Schell as Dr. Hans Reinhardt, Anthony Perkins as Dr. Alex Durant, Robert Forster as Captain Dan Holland, Joseph Bottoms, as Lieutenant Charlie Pizer, and Yvette Mimieux as Dr. Kate McCrae
RCA SelectaVision Walt Disney's "The Black Hole" Maximilian Schell as Dr. Hans Reinhardt, Anthony Perkins as Dr. Alex Durant, Robert Forster as Captain Dan Holland, Joseph Bottoms, as Lieutenant Charlie Pizer, and Yvette Mimieux as Dr. Kate McCrae

The "SelectaVision" Disc was crafted using an Complex PVC

After a great deal of research, trial and error, and years of work, the final RCA "SelectaVision" disc was crafted using a remarkable complex PVC blended with carbon to allow the disc to be very conductive. The research team at RCA found a good lubricant that was a very long lasting and durable way to lubricant the video disc; and it was because even today has kept these discs working great and without issues.

RCA Selectavision CED, For Your Eyes Only, Played on a Zenith

Roger Moore, For Your Eyes Only, RCA, CED, Selectavision Disc

RCA Selectavision CED, For Your Eyes Only, Played on a Zenith Selectavision Player ... Roger Moore is back as Secret Agent 007, this time on the trail of shipwreck. Along the way he teams up with the beautiful Melina, played by Carole Bouquet.
RCA Selectavision CED, For Your Eyes Only, Played on a Zenith Selectavision Player ... Roger Moore is back as Secret Agent 007, this time on the trail of shipwreck. Along the way he teams up with the beautiful Melina, played by Carole Bouquet.

Played on a Zenith Selectavision, For Your Eyes Only, RCA, CED

The Pirate, Played on a Zenith Selectavision, 1980 Quasar TV

Bright Blue, RCA SelectaVision Video Disc "Totally Go-Go's!"

RCA SelectaVision Video Disc  "Totally Go-Go's!"  Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock and the full cast & crew back in year 1981.
RCA SelectaVision Video Disc "Totally Go-Go's!" Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock and the full cast & crew back in year 1981.

Key Largo, RCA Videodisc, being played on a Zenith Selectavision

The RCA "SelectaVision" CED Videodiscs Protective Case

The RCA "SelectaVision" CED videodiscs at first were to be sold in cardboard and paper dust jackets much like Long Playing records of that era. They would have been handled by hand similar to audio records. However, the RCA technicians during testing of the disc found that the exposure to dust and the touch of human hands caused issues like skipped grooves, when the disc would be played. It was found that if even a small amount of dust or dust partials settle on the video discs through repeated handing, then the dust partials would absorb the the small amount of moisture from the surrounding air, and then over time the dust would bond to the disc fragile surface causing a lump in the groves. This over time would causing the diamond stylus to jump back off track or even in the locked groove position. Therefore, the technicians came with the solution to this problem with the development of a protective case in which the disc would be stored, and could be handled in a caddy from which the "SelectaVision" CED would be removed by the player so that exposure to dust would be minimized so no harm would come to the disc over time.

Playing Diamonds Are Forever, On a Rare Zenith Selectavision

RCA SelectaVision Disc, James Bond, "Diamonds Are Forever".

RCA SelectaVision Disc, James Bond "Diamonds Are Forever".
RCA SelectaVision Disc, James Bond "Diamonds Are Forever".

The Dirty Dozen, CED, Video Disc, RCA SelectaVision Player

Movie night RCA SelectaVision Disc, Key Largo, and High Sierra

Movie night RCA SelectaVision Key Largo and High Sierra
Movie night RCA SelectaVision Key Largo and High Sierra

Video Disc, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, RCA SelectaVision

Lovely RCA Selectavision Video Disc BARBARELLA CED Disc

RCA Selectavision VideoDisc BARBARELLA CED Disc
RCA Selectavision VideoDisc BARBARELLA CED Disc

Barbarella, CED, Main Title, played on a RCA Selectavision Player

The Backside of the RCA Selectavision Video Disc BARBARELLA

The Backside of the RCA Selectavision Video Disc BARBARELLA
The Backside of the RCA Selectavision Video Disc BARBARELLA

The start of "Barbarella" Jane Fonda, On a RCA Selectavison.

The Classic, Easter Parade, On a RCA SelectaVision CED Disc

The Classic, Easter Parade, On a RCA SelectaVision CED Disc
The Classic, Easter Parade, On a RCA SelectaVision CED Disc

Singin' in the Rain, CED Disc, on a 1982 RCA Selectavision Player

An Amazing Man Cave Supply of RCA SelectaVision CED Movies

A man cave supply of RCA SelectaVision movies.
A man cave supply of RCA SelectaVision movies.

The RCA Selectavision Player after Adjusting the Potentiometer

RCA SelectaVision CED Video Discs, Four Wonderful Musicals

RCA SelectaVision CED video discs, four Musicals, FIddler, My Fair Lady, GiGi, and Singing in the Rain.
RCA SelectaVision CED video discs, four Musicals, FIddler, My Fair Lady, GiGi, and Singing in the Rain.

RCA SelectaVision Video Disc, Playing Smokey and the Bandit

Five Great Western Classic Videos, on RCA SelectaVision CED

Five Great Western Classic Videos on RCA SelectaVision CED, The Searchers, Cat Ballou, True Grit, Hangem’ High, Missouri Breaks John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, Jane Fonda, Marlin Brando, Jack Nicholson
Five Great Western Classic Videos on RCA SelectaVision CED, The Searchers, Cat Ballou, True Grit, Hangem’ High, Missouri Breaks John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, Jane Fonda, Marlin Brando, Jack Nicholson

Cat Ballou, with Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin, RCA Selectavision

The Petrified Forest, On a RCA SelectaVision CED Videodiscs

The Petrified Forest, RCA SelectaVision CED Video Disc  ...  Leslie Howard, as Alan Squier,  Bette Davis, as Gabrielle Maple, and  Humphrey Bogart, as Duke Mantee.  A waitress, a hobo and a bank robber get mixed up at a lonely diner in the desert.
The Petrified Forest, RCA SelectaVision CED Video Disc ... Leslie Howard, as Alan Squier, Bette Davis, as Gabrielle Maple, and Humphrey Bogart, as Duke Mantee. A waitress, a hobo and a bank robber get mixed up at a lonely diner in the desert.

Hangem' High,Clint Eastwood, On a SFT-100 RCA Selectavision

RCA Selectavision Two Set Disc, A View to a Kill, James Bond

Still works, had been stored in horrible conditions for countless years, with hot humid Summers and cold winters an none-air-conditioned shed in Tennessee. The disc actually started to play better over time. A View to a Kill (1985)
Still works, had been stored in horrible conditions for countless years, with hot humid Summers and cold winters an none-air-conditioned shed in Tennessee. The disc actually started to play better over time. A View to a Kill (1985)

A View to a Kill, Selectavision Disc, & RCA SelectaVision Player

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