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David Ashton
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Re: 2 party system
David Ashton   10/9/2013 5:56:49 AM
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@Etmax....too right, that applies to politicians everywhere...

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Etmax   10/9/2013 6:07:12 AM
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Re VHS/Beta, the biggest cause of Beta's demise was that Sony's licensing agreement was so onerous that there were only 3 major manufacturers making Beta yet about 10 making VHS which made them much more available, and this also meant that video hire store demand was higher for VHS tapes. This meant in turn more hire movies were available for VHS which spiralled purchases of VHS machines still more. Technically Beta machines were superior giving an extra 20 lines of resolution and the transport mechanism was highly valued because you could instantly switch from play to fast forward or reverse and easily fast forward play making editing much easier. High end video recorders used the the Sony U-loading system for many years after Beta's demise for this reason. It was also kinder on tape.

In Oz it was a little different, We had 3hrs15min on Beta and only 3 hours on VHS. Sanyo imported too many Betamax VCR's early in the day and had to literally dump them on the market where they were available at nearly half the price of VHS recorders. This meant that for a few years Beta was about 3:1 in front. Then Sanyo who made both Betamax and VHS phased out Beta because it was only a small portion of their global sales leaving only Sony & Toshiba. This combined with the usual salesmen pushing what they could get the easiest caused a rapid turnaround.

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Jerry G   10/9/2013 5:05:02 PM
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Good point on the winner takes all. At the same time many parlimentary systems are effectively a two party system since a coalition needs to form to create a majority goverment. In this case the parties are more fluid in compostion but for the length of an election cycle, they decide, (by game theory), to form a party. If a party is unquestionabily a majorty then no coalition is formed. Game theory at its best. Same in US, but you are right in that the winner takes all rules reshape the equilibruim points so that two permanent parties emerge. 

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