I popped in a tape today that I bought brand new and only ever watched once or twice before (Days of Thunder). It's just been sitting on a shelf in my room for a good 8-10 years now. The movie played alright, but I kept noticing a video hiccup along the top edge of the screen. I've noticed the same on some other tapes. Do they just start to go after like 10 years or what? Will DVDs have any of the same issues? I think the oldest DVDs I have are maybe 6-7 years old now and they still play fine. This is going to be a major problem with my collection, as I have a lot of movies that weren't released on DVD. I've been trying to dub some of them to DVDR myself just to preserve them, but not all of them are in good enough shape to bother (or they were taped off TV). Many of these are difficult to even find a new tape of on ebay/amazon, so it's getting on my nerves. I had 1162 tapes in July of 2006. I'm down to about 500 right now from replacing with DVDs, mostly from sales and the Walmart bargain bin. I'm starting to find more and more that I won't be able to replace or won't be able to find easily.