(written from a Production point of view)
LaserDisc (LD) was the first commercial optical disc storage medium, and was used primarily for movies for home viewing. The format was introduced in 1978.
Although Laserdisc was a major leap forward in quality compared to its contemporary rivals, VHS and Betamax, the format never really gained ground in America. In Europe, it also remained an obscure format, relegated to the niche market of videophiles. The most success it had was in Japan and Hong Kong, where the format only disappeared well after the introduction of the DVD.
Star Trek was one of the earliest TV-shows published on this format as well as one of the last.
Pioneer, the owner of the format, terminated production of Star Trek on LaserDisc for the US in October 1999. The final Star Trek LaserDiscs in Japan were released in 2001.
|The Original Series • The Animated Series • Star Trek films • The Next Generation • Deep Space Nine • Voyager|
|Home video formats|
|Physical: Betamax • VHS • CED • LaserDisc • VHD • VCD • DVD • UMD • HD DVD • Blu-ray Disc|
|Digital: Amazon • Google • iTunes • UltraViolet • Vimeo • Xbox SmartGlass|