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Good Bye


TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Leading Digital TV Industry Publication

— 05-06/2015

This is the last page of this TELE-audiovision issue and,

in fact, this is the last page of all TELE-audiovision

issues: there will be no future issues; this is the last one.

After 34 years, TELE-audiovision comes to an end with

this issue. The two main reasons why I started TELE-

audiovision back in 1981 (the first issue appeared in

March of 1981) have dissolved away.

My original motivation was the reception of distant

channels. That was in the days when there were only

three TV channels and not that many more radio

channels. It was a great adventure. You felt as though

you were in an elite class if you were able to receive

twice as many channels compared to almost everyone

else in the city.

It’s hard to imagine that it was ever like that, when

today you can receive not just thousands of channels,

but tens of thousands of channels. All you need is a

high-speed Internet connection. 34 years ago it was

completely different; back then in order to be able to

receive just one single extra TV channel you needed a

large terrestrial antenna. Later on, you could do that with

the first satellite dishes. My first dish was a 1.8-meter

prime focus antenna with which I was able to receive an

unbelievable six TV channels. In those days that entire

setup cost about as much as a used car.

The motivation to receive numerous channels is today

run of the mill. Anyone can do it and the costs are

minimal, technical knowledge is no longer necessary and

even reception equipment is not needed anymore.

And then there’s my second reason for starting TELE-

audiovision that has vanished into electronic thin air:

and that was the need to tell other people how they

could receive more than the standard assortment of TV

channels. This was done through publishing test reports

on all the various equipment needed to get these extra

channels, by visiting the manufacturers and reporting on

those visits, finding distributors and dealers that would

sell this equipment and, last but certainly not least,

visiting other hobbyists and reporting on their setups.

34 years ago, the only way to get all of this information

and these reports out to everyone was through a

printed magazine. Demand for TELE-audiovision was

enormous; there was really no other source for this kind

of information. Over these 34 years, TELE-audiovision

climbed the ladder to become the world’s leading

publication in this industry. “Worldwide” because the

technology that was used was the same all over the

world and also because TELE-audiovision was made

available in different languages early on.

The Internet has made the dissemination of this

information completely redundant; today there are so

many different ways to get the same information that

it no longer makes any sense to continue to add to this

information overkill. Information has become essentially

worthless. Anyone can write test reports and make

them available for free. Anyone can visit manufacturers

and tell everyone about them, every manufacturer can

market their own products.

And it’s because of all this that the reasons for starting

TELE-audiovision 34 years ago have all but faded away.

Information is now available everywhere for free; it has

therefore become worthless.

So, as you can see, the two reasons for the existence of

TELE-audiovision no longer exist. The time has come to

stop the publication of TELE-audiovision since continuing

it no longer makes any more sense for me. However,

you can still page through all of the TELE-audiovision

issues electronically but only the back issues: starting

July 2015 a complete archive of all the electronic issues

of TELE-audiovision will be available. There will be select

issues available from 1981 to 2005 as well as all other

issues from 2006 up to and including this last issue. It’s

an enormous archive that will provide a detailed look at

the development of TV technology that took place from

1981 to 2015.

Access to this one-of-a-kind TV reception archive is

possible through the main web address


- but it can also be accessed through

since this was the name of the

magazine for many years when satellite reception was

the most popular way to receive a large number of TV


If you don’t want to type so many letters, you can also

access the archive using this shortened address: www. All three of these web addresses work in

parallel with each other and will take you directly to the

TELE-audiovision archive.

As for me, I will be taking a different path. I will be

starting a new venture in the financial services sector.

The overriding theme here is “you gotta have money to

make money”. Specifically, my new company will deal

with the stock market:

These days, if you keep your money in a bank savings

account, you’re basically earning negative interest on

that money. So, if you want your money to work for

you, you really have no other choice but to put your

money into the stock market. Stock prices will continue

to rise; it’s a subject that I’m so very fascinated with

that it doesn’t sadden me to shut down TELE-audiovision

after 34 years.

The last 34 years have been a very thrilling and exciting

time for me. But now I will be starting something new.

Alexander Wiese

Founder and Chief Editor

TELE-audiovision Magazine

(founded 1981, ended 2015)

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