Classroom VHS Players are Being Phased Out

Why VHS retirement?

As Northeastern continues to transform its classrooms and conference rooms, we are working hard to provide modern and digital solutions for our faculty, staff and students. In addition, monitor, PC, and signal processor equipment manufacturers are no longer supporting the VHS format. That means there are no new players, recorders, or spare parts for previously purchased units either at home or in schools. Thus, as Northeastern’s VHS or combination VHS/DVD decks malfunction or as classrooms are upgraded, VHS no longer is an option.

Faculty who have educational videos in VHS tape format should evaluate their collection and consider transitioning to digital formats. For information on VHS to Digital conversion, visit the Academic Technology Services webpage. Please address this as soon as possible as the review process including copyright clearance can take time.

What can you do to prepare?

Visit the ATS site about VHS to Digital Conversion.  There you will find what you can do to preserve your VHS materials along with information about the Copyright Laws and Fair Use.  If you are interested in creating your own materials, ATS has a wide range of options available to assist you.

What’s Next?

  1. Northeastern will no longer add VHS players to new or renovated classrooms.
  2. We will begin the phased removal of older units to preserve as many of these devices as possible for spare parts and archival purposes. Northeastern will provide you with ample support as we begin phasing out VHS. As industry support for VHS no longer exists, Northeastern’s efforts are limited by an aged on-site inventory.
  3. Onward and upward. Northeastern will continue to move forward with digital technology, investigating reliable streaming options, and striving to accommodate any emerging technologies for the future. For assistance in using newer technologies in your classroom and creating your own materials to replace those being phased out, contact Academic Technology Services 212 Snell Library,

Have Questions?

For questions about copyright, contact Hillary Corbett, University Copyright Officer, or the Office of the General Counsel,

If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 617.373.4357 (xHELP), email or chat with one of our service desk analysts.

Updated May 2018