Magnetic tapes, such as those used to video precious family memories, actually degrade quicker than many people think. In fact there is a chemical process that is going on which will eventually make the tape unplayable. This Life Expectancy can be in the range of only 5 to 30 years! It is dependent on the way the tapes are stored (physical location, orientation, temperature and relative humidity). Many people have video tapes from the 1980s which really should be protected as soon as possible. The best way to do this is to digitise them. http://www.personalmediasolutions.co.uk offer a high quality, personalised service at a competitive price.