Definition: A technology that during the last two decades of the 20th century provided an enormously popular way of watching prerecorded movies at home. Studios would release movies recorded on magnetic tape, then consumers could play those tapes using a device known as a VCR, which would be connected to a TV set. However, DVD offers video and audio quality superior to that of VHS, and after the introduction of DVD in the late 1990s, VHS began to die out. In late 2006, major studios stopped putting out movies on VHS tapes because they were no longer profitable. But keep in mind that there are still thousands of older movies available on VHS tapes that have never been released on DVD.