Laser discThe laser disc or video disc was the first optical disc storage media, invented by Philips in the late 1960s and introduced for video playback to consumers in the mid-1970s. The first successful player model was the Philips LaserVision.
The compact disc for audio was based on the laser disc technology. One reason for the (mostly) failure of laser discs may have been that it was not possible to record them, and the competing video cassette recorder devices could record using tape cassettes.
Some videophiles used and still use laser discs and regard them as far superior to any other video playback system except for, perhaps, DVD.