Tape Resources Your Go To Store:

This was the Tape Resources website, back-in-the-day.. The content found on this page was taken from the site's archived pages. I liked their approach back then. It reminds me of the approach my company takes when developing customized software for our clients. I treat our clients the way I would want a software development company to treat me. If my company were subjected to special regulations and to a higher-than-usual expectation of security and privacy, I would want all custom software development services to be perfect for my needs. Likewise, when we have a client in such industries as construction, education, healthcare, or retail, we work with them to to find the right solution in custom software and application development. One of the great benefits about custom business and web application development is that the client ultimately owns the software. And they can update it as often as necessary.

Pssst.....Tape Resources is now Polyline. 

A Little Back Story

Polyline has been a media and media packaging expert since 1972.
They are well known and trusted by those who produce and distribute finished content for more than 35 years, Polyline is the largest U.S. distributor of CD-R, DVD-R and Blu-ray media, media packaging products, ink, disc publishing equipment and more. You can choose from well-known brands such as JVC/Taiyo Yuden, Falcon Pro and all other top brands of disc media as well as their own line of media packaging solutions. 

Tape Resources have been new media product expertise since 1991.
Whether it was Hard Drives, SDHC/CF cards, DVCam, HDCam, XDCam or Mini DV, Tape Resources was  the nation’s leading online source for these products, at very competitive prices, delivered fast and accurately. 

These two well-known and hardworking suppliers have now come together into one team, dedicated to being the best in the business. Tape Resources’ strength as an online supplier of hard drives, flash media and pro media, and Polyline’s well-respected reputation as the top supplier of disc media, packaging and media distribution products, now together as one great supplier. â€‹

Go to their new website at: www.polylinecorp.com/

OR take a nostalgic stroll back to when Polyline was known as Tape Resources..


About Tape Resources

Fourteen years ago we set out with a unique concept! Let's treat people the way we want to be treated. We're very demanding! Tape Resources has grown over 700% between 1993 and 1998 and in both 1998 and 1999 we were listed on the INC 500 list of 500 fastest growing private companies!

We try hard to give you the PEACE OF MIND you deserve. We're striving to be the BEST in the industry with our fast & friendly service. We believe in, and our goal is in delighting our customers... customer delightment! We trust we'll be given the opportunity to delight you! 


Frequently Asked Questions


What is the difference in tape from the different professional tape manufacturers?

In some cases none, in other cases there are some. When a tape manufacturer licenses a format from the hardware maker, e.g. Fuji licenses the right to make Beta SP tape, Fuji has to make the tape within the performance specifications of the hardware as provided by Sony. If not, they would lose the right to make the tape. So all the tape is 'pretty good'. Tape Manufacturers can make the tape much better than the specs, if they choose to. In other cases, consistency is the name of the game. All manufacturers occasionally have a bad batch. Consistently good product is what to look for.

In some cases, there is no difference. It was a well known fact, when Panasonic first came out with M2 tape, that the tape was made by Fuji. There are many such OEM arrangements which are not allowed to be disclosed, in which one manufacturer makes tapes for another manufacturer. Reason is, each manufacturer has only so many resources and capacity, and it is often less expensive for them to source the tape from a competitor, and put their name on it, than to manufacturer it themselves. (SB)

Are their differences between blank NTSC, SECAM and PAL tapes?

There is no such thing as a blank NTSC, SECAM or PAL tape. NTSC, SECAM and PAL refer to different standards used to record video onto a blank tape. Therefore, when purchasing blank tapes you do not need to be concerned about whether the tape is NTSC, SECAM or PAL.

However, the different standards can result in slight differences in the actual length of recorded material that can fit on a blank tape (note that this only holds true for formats such as VHS and not for digital formats such as mini DV).

NTSC (National Television Standards Committee) is a standard primarily used in North and Central America, The Philippines, South Korea and Japan. PAL (Phase Alternating Line), is more widely used, covering most of Western Europe, Scandinavia, Poland, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, parts of the Middle East, Algeria, Eastern and Southern Africa. SECAM (Sequential Color Memory) is used sparingly around the world and can be found in France, parts of Greece, Eastern Europe, Russia, Africa and a few other parts of the world. NTSC displays up to 525 lines of resolution and opertates at 30 frames / second, PAL and SECAM have the ability to display 625 lines of resolution and operate at 25 frames / second.

The following chart compares the recording/playback times of VHS tapes using the PAL, SECAM and NTSC standards:


What tape do I use in Digital 8?

Sony's new format DIGITAL 8 uses the same tape as regular Hi8. You can choose to use the MP (Metal Particle) or ME (Metal Evaporative) Hi-8 tape. Because of the properties of ME, Sony suggests this is the better tape to use.... it is rather expensive. An alternative may be Fuji's ME Position (Titanium) tape. But you could even use regular 8mm tape in a pinch. But don't expect the same quality.

Digital 8, HI 8 & 8mm Formats

Why does my 120min Hi-8 only run 60min in Digital 8?

Sony's DIGITAL 8 uses the same tape as regular Hi8, but it runs at twice the speed, so you only get half the time. When you buy tape packaged for Digital 8 you can see both running times. But if you choose the more professional Hi 8 tape, you will only see the longer times, and will have to half it for actual running time in Digital 8 format.

Digital 8, HI 8 & 8mm Formats

How long will rewritable CD-ROMs (CD-Rs) last?

The CD-R's color is a good guide to its longevity. The dye type matters most because dyes have different chemical compositions, and thus different life spans. The four major dye types used in CD-Rs can be identified by their intrinsic color:

It seems that the only dye that could have the smaller life span of 10 to 75yrs rather than up to 100yrs is the green or blue-green dye. Those CD's are acceptable for the majority of CD-R uses (routine backups and legal archival purposes). Gold CD-Rs may be an unnecessary expense for routine storage, but for very long-term archiving (much longer than 10yrs) they are the best.



Two Great Names. One Great Team Have Now Come Together.
The best of both industry leaders come together to serve you better.

Go to their new website at: www.polylinecorp.com/