Was it price, better quality, extras, storability/size, beacause it was a new mediam, etc? For me it was because it was better quality. After initially getting into it, it was also for the extras. My household only had laserdiscs for a short while, so I don't really remember much about their quality and stuff. I do know that DVD beats VHS by a long shot. Probably Beta too, but I don't remember much about Beta because I was little when it went out.