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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 addresswww.TELE
audiovision.com but it can also be accessed throughwww.TELE-satellite.com
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.
tavmag.com. All three of these web addresses work in
parallel with each other and will take you directly to the
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:www.beam88.com
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.
Founder and Chief Editor
(founded 1981, ended 2015)
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