In the early 80's what other options did they have? U-Matic was a robust broadcast standard at the time. An U-matic tape machine was not exactly cheap, about the price of a luxury car at the time. and the tape A 1 gig hard drive was 550 pounds and cost around $90,000. Chances are if you shipped it you would lose the data. My first 1 Gig drive cost $1100 in the mid 90's. Within a few years you could get ten time storage at one third the price With it could edit 1 album I would transfer it in real time off of DAT edit it and transfer it back.