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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 Edit

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 TNG Vol 1 UK rental video cover
"Encounter at Farpoint"
1988 U BEB 2261
2 TNG Vol 2 UK rental video cover
"The Naked Now"
"Code of Honor"[1]
1988 PG BEB 2264

US releases Edit

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 TNG 01 Beta
"Encounter at Farpoint"
5 September 1991 40270-721
2 TNG 02 Beta
"The Naked Now"
5 September 1991 40270-103
3 TNG 03 Beta
"Code of Honor"
5 September 1991 40270-104
4 TNG 005 US VHS
"Haven"
1 April 1992 40270-105
5 TNG 006 US VHS
"Where No One Has Gone Before"
1 April 1992 40270-106
6 TNG 007 US VHS
"The Last Outpost"
1 April 1992 40270-107
7 TNG 008 US VHS
"Lonely Among Us"
1 April 1992 40270-108
8 TNG 09 Beta
"Justice"
1 July 1992 40270-109
9 TNG 010 US VHS
"The Battle"
1 July 1992 40270-110
10 TNG 011 US VHS
"Hide and Q"
1 July 1992 40270-111
11 TNG 12 Beta
"Too Short a Season"
1 July 1992 40270-112
12 TNG 13 Beta
"The Big Goodbye"
1 July 1992 40270-113
13 TNG 014 US VHS
"Datalore"
1 July 1992 40270-114
14 TNG 015 US VHS
"Angel One"
26 August 1992 40270-115
15 TNG 016 US VHS
"11001001"
26 August 1992 40270-116
16 TNG 017 US VHS
"Home Soil"
26 August 1992 40270-117
17 TNG 018 US VHS
"When The Bough Breaks"
26 August 1992 40270-118
18 TNG 019 US VHS
"Coming of Age"
11 November 1992 40270-119
19 TNG 020 US VHS
"Heart of Glory"
11 November 1992 40270-120
20 TNG 021 US VHS
"The Arsenal of Freedom"
11 November 1992 40270-121
21 TNG 022 US VHS
"Skin of Evil"
11 November 1992 40270-122
22 TNG 023 US VHS
"Symbiosis"
26 May 1993 40270-123
23 TNG 024 US VHS
"We'll Always Have Paris"
26 May 1993 40270-124
24 TNG 025 US VHS
"Conspiracy"
26 May 1993 40270-125
25 TNG 026 US VHS
"The Neutral Zone"
26 May 1993 40270-126
Season 2
26 TNG 027 US VHS
"The Child"
25 August 1993 40270-127
27 TNG 028 US VHS
"Where Silence Has Lease"
25 August 1993 40270-128
28 TNG 029 US VHS
"Elementary, Dear Data"
25 August 1993 40270-129
29 TNG 030 US VHS
"The Outrageous Okona"
25 August 1993 40270-130
30 TNG 031 US VHS
"The Schizoid Man"
13 October 1993 40270-131
31 TNG 032 US VHS
"Loud As A Whisper"
13 October 1993 40270-132
32 TNG 033 US VHS
"Unnatural Selection"
13 October 1993 40270-133
33 TNG 034 US VHS
"A Matter Of Honor"
13 October 1993 40270-134

Turkish releases Edit

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
"Encounter at Farpoint"
Unknown 21
2 TNG Vol 2 Turkish Beta cover
"The Naked Now"
"Code of Honor"
Unknown

FootnotesEdit

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

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