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It was released to the public during the latter half of the 1970s. During the late part of the 1970s and the early 1980s it formed one-half of the VHS vs. Betamax war, which it would eventually go on to win. VHS' properties include longer playing time, faster rewinding and fast-forwarding, and a less complex tape transport mechanism. The open standard used for VHS technology allowed mass production without licensing costs. VHS would eventually come out as the winning video tape format, surpassing other home tape formats by the 1990s.