SCART For SCART’s Sake
Today’s blog post ties in with yesterday’s “It’s a Sony” blog post which focused on the demise of cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions.
As a consequence of current panel screen televisions (and their associated plug-in technology) utilising HDMI connections, the humble SCART lead is now an almost redundant piece of technology. Since my own SCART leads serve no further purpose, I thought it only fitting to give them a photo send off.
The name SCART comes from Syndicat des Constructeurs d’Appareils Radiorécepteurs et Téléviseurs, “Radio and Television Receiver Manufacturers’ Association”, the French organisation that created the connector in the mid-1970s. Should you have the desire to explore the world of SCART beyond the origin of it’s name then click HERE for the Wikipedia page.
For years most households that had any external equipment attached to their CRT television used SCART connecting leads. These leads were used around the world by most manufacturers. At their end of life there would have been millions of ‘waste’ leads, adding up to what I imagine would be thousands of miles of cabling. I wonder how many were recycled and how many ended up in landfill? I have no idea what the figure might be. It is however an interesting thought that along with old technology like CRT televisions it is also all the associated technology that dies when they do.
My friends and family moved on from SCART connectors years ago, so sadly mine will be laid to rest at a local recycling centre.
Visit “It’s a Sony” CRT TV post HERE
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