Real World article
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Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation are known to have been released on the Betamax format in the UK and Turkey in the late 1980s and in the US in the early 1990s.

UK releases

At least two Betamax tapes were released in the UK by CIC Video around 1988. As with the VHS release of the time these were for the rental market.

Vol. Cover Episodes Release Date Certificate Catalogue No.
1 Cover of Volume 1.
"Encounter at Farpoint"
1988 U BEB 2261
2 Cover of Volume 2.
"The Naked Now"
"Code of Honor"[1]
1988 PG BEB 2264

US releases

All of the first season as well as some of the second season were released on the Betamax format in the US by Paramount Home Video in the early 1990s before the format was discontinued.

These tapes used the same packaging design as the VHS releases with the only difference being that a "Beta" sticker was applied to each cover.

"Unnatural Selection" is the latest episode known to have a Betamax release, but "A Matter Of Honor" was released at the same time on VHS so a Beta release is quite probable. The next set of VHS episodes was released in 1994 making a Beta release of those unlikely.
Season 1Season 2
Tape Cover Episode Release Date Reference
Season 1
1 Cover of Tape 1
"Encounter at Farpoint"
5 September 1991 40270-721
2 Cover of Tape 2
"The Naked Now"
5 September 1991 40270-103
3 Cover of Tape 3
"Code of Honor"
5 September 1991 40270-104
4 Cover of tape 4
"Haven"
1 April 1992 40270-105
5 Cover of tape 5
"Where No One Has Gone Before"
1 April 1992 40270-106
6 Cover of tape 6
"The Last Outpost"
1 April 1992 40270-107
7 Cover of tape 7
"Lonely Among Us"
1 April 1992 40270-108
8 Cover of tape 8
"Justice"
1 July 1992 40270-109
9 Cover of tape 9
"The Battle"
1 July 1992 40270-110
10 Cover of tape 10
"Hide and Q"
1 July 1992 40270-111
11 Cover of tape 11
"Too Short a Season"
1 July 1992 40270-112
12 Cover of tape 12
"The Big Goodbye"
1 July 1992 40270-113
13 Cover of tape 13
"Datalore"
1 July 1992 40270-114
14 Cover of tape 14
"Angel One"
26 August 1992 40270-115
15 Cover of tape 15
"11001001"
26 August 1992 40270-116
16 Cover of tape 16
"Home Soil"
26 August 1992 40270-117
17 Cover of tape 17
"When The Bough Breaks"
26 August 1992 40270-118
18 Cover of tape 18
"Coming of Age"
11 November 1992 40270-119
19 Cover of tape 19
"Heart of Glory"
11 November 1992 40270-120
20 Cover of tape 20
"The Arsenal of Freedom"
11 November 1992 40270-121
21 Cover of tape 21
"Skin of Evil"
11 November 1992 40270-122
22 Cover of tape 22
"Symbiosis"
26 May 1993 40270-123
23 Cover of tape 23
"We'll Always Have Paris"
26 May 1993 40270-124
24 Cover of tape 24
"Conspiracy"
26 May 1993 40270-125
25 Cover of tape 25
"The Neutral Zone"
26 May 1993 40270-126
Season 2
26 Cover of tape 26
"The Child"
25 August 1993 40270-127
27 Cover of tape 27
"Where Silence Has Lease"
25 August 1993 40270-128
28 Cover of tape 28
"Elementary, Dear Data"
25 August 1993 40270-129
29 Cover of tape 29
"The Outrageous Okona"
25 August 1993 40270-130
30 Cover of tape 30
"The Schizoid Man"
13 October 1993 40270-131
31 Cover of tape 31
"Loud As A Whisper"
13 October 1993 40270-132
32 Cover of tape 32
"Unnatural Selection"
13 October 1993 40270-133
33 Cover of tape 33
"A Matter Of Honor"
13 October 1993 40270-134

Turkish releases

At least two tapes were released in Turkey by local distributor Özen Film.

Vol. Cover Episodes Release Date Reference
1 TNG Vol 1 Turkish Beta cover.jpg
"Encounter at Farpoint"
Unknown 21
2 TNG Vol 2 Turkish Beta cover.jpg
"The Naked Now"
"Code of Honor"
Unknown

Dutch release

At least one rental tape was released in the Netherlands by Esselte CIC Video.

Vol. Cover Episodes Release Date Reference
1 TNG Vol 1 Dutch Beta cover.jpg
"Encounter at Farpoint"
Unknown 40270

Footnotes

  1. This episode was given the title of "Code of Honour" on the video sleeve.


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