The vhs tape changed the way a rising generation viewed films and television. It meant, for example, audiences were freed from the time line audiences consumed films and television and understand the structure of these artifacts.
It provided audiences with access to films and programs which had previously been unobtainable
It mean they could then curate for themselves and their circle of friends
It meant that audiences could record off-air and view material when they chose and importantly re-view to understand how these works are constructed
It meant that suddenly libraries of films and television were being created in thousands of front rooms around the world.
It meant that audiences were liberated from the tight controls of both distribution and exhibition