YouTube in commemoration to the 57th birthday of the first commercial video cassette, introduces VHS mode which gives modern online videos that frayed texture, mimicking the video quality of a cassette tape. You can enable this option on certain videos, by clicking the enable tape mode button, situated at the bottom right of the player.
Cassettes or are pretty much a once upon a time story now, but back in the days, it was perhaps the most popular medium for watching movies and other videos. The beginning of the digital era, perhaps marked the end of cassette tapes. VCDs and DVDs were mainly responsible for the end of cassettes, as they offered better video and audio quality and of-course the convenience of being compact. This does not eliminate the fact that tapes were around for a very long time.
Most of the people born in the present generation will probably, never be exposed to this antique piece of technology. Guess the YouTube's new feature is as close as they can get, to experiencing tape quality videos. For all the people who have been exposed to the medium, it will probably be a thing of Nostalgic value.
YouTube in a post said "Not too long ago, the video tape was the media of choice for living rooms around the world. In celebration of the 57th birthday of the first commercial video cassette recorder, check out a fun VHS mode for the YouTube player to relive the magic feel of vintage video tapes. On select videos, you'll find a VHS button in the bottom right of the player--just click to turn back the clock and enjoy the static and fuzzy motion of the VHS era".
This is the thing about technology, it's getting more powerful and more compact. What is currently the latest piece of technology, eventually fades to become a distant memory. YouTube's new celebratory feature is certainly a fun way of reminiscing on the past.