The introduction to MCA DiscoVision's first consumer product catalog announces to the reader and presumed owner of a new laser
optical videodisc player, "you are a pioneer in a new medium." Today with the availability of movies on blu-ray, DVD, streaming
download, and endless cable and satellite options, it is difficult to see what would be so impressive about watching "Jaws"
or "Animal House" for $15.95 each on your television set via a videodisc player.
When new in 1978, the MCA-Philips laser optical videodisc system was revolutionary and full of promise. In a world limited
to over-the-air reception from ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, and a local independent station or two, the idea of watching a recent movie
that was unedited and without commercials was very exciting. In addition, DiscoVision offered promise of the best picture
ever from your television thanks to the format's high resolution, stereo sound, and all at a low cost. The average videocassette
in the late 1970s for a new movie ranged from $50 and up. DiscoVision presented movies from $9.95 to $15.95 originally.
Presented here are the titles released, plus titles promised for delivery by MCA DiscoVision. The time period for these discs
was late 1978 to the end of 1981. The format was first test marketed in Atlanta, Georgia in December, 1978. Next came Seattle
in 1979 and by 1980 LD was selling in Dallas, Denver, and St. Louis among other cities. Nationwide availability happened
by late 1980.