Newspapers published the last VCR codes in TV listings in May 2010. VCR Plus codes were a convenient way of programming VCRs to record television shows when first released in 1990. At the time, VCRs were fixtures in a majority of households, but users had difficulty programming them to record.
Manufacturers developed on-screen programming to simplify the process, but many consumers continued to have problems. The VCR Plus codes were three- to seven-digit numbers that the user entered into a separate, handheld remote control device. The device transmitted signals to the VCR that instructed it when to begin and end a recording session. The user could program up to 14 recording events scheduled for one-time, daily or weekly recordings.