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Old 26-08-2007, 16:47
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Hi,

Can anyone tell me if this magazine is still available?

It was aimed at the television servicing sector, but available to the public, from all good newsagents. I think it was published by Reed Business Publications.

It focussed on television, with articles dedicated to the servicing of certain television chassis. Other regular columns were for VCRs, DVD players, satellite receivers, distant reception of foreign channels, and a column about the trials and tribulations of working in a tv rental/repair shop, dealing with the colourful characters that were the customers.

I've asked at several newsagents, but they cannot tell me one way or another.
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Old 26-08-2007, 18:00
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Television magazine sadly ended in December 2006.
I used to get this mag every month from the early 80s to mid 90s

Dave.
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Old 26-08-2007, 20:37
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Television magazine ended?

Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

I got into reading this quite young as my dad used to repair TVs for a living. Whenever I was in a library I would hunt it out for a quick read.


If the OP wanted back issues then maybe a main library would have them.
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Old 27-08-2007, 16:42
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What a shame, I liked catching up on the latest technology.

Sign of the times really, things are becoming far too disposable, televisions included.
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Old 27-08-2007, 18:08
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What a shame, I liked catching up on the latest technology.

Sign of the times really, things are becoming far too disposable, televisions included.
I think it was more a reflection on the content of the magazine in its final few years
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Old 27-08-2007, 20:18
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I think it was more a reflection on the content of the magazine in its final few years
They did try to diversify - the was a computer column; but reading the letters page, engineers were bemoaning the lack of manufacturers supplying technical information to them.

Then the were the "stack 'em high, sell 'em cheap" supermarkets selling new audio visual equipment for prices that beat the cost of repairs to existing equipment.

I don't know if it is still the case, but a local dealer-repairer told me a couple of years ago that Plasma (and possibly LCD) tellys had to be returned to the manufacturer if faulty, as they were too sophisticated for the average repair shop to fix.
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Old 27-08-2007, 20:23
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The magazine that started to try and be the "New Television" seems to have failed too (Technology@Home)
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Old 27-08-2007, 22:38
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Sign of the times really, things are becoming far too disposable, televisions included.
Never mind TVs. What about Microwave Ovens! My dad used to repair them years ago (80s-90s again). Use to cost £hundreds and you can now pick 'em up for £25 or so. No wonder the repair market for them has dried up!

Sorry! Just to be on-topic, yeah I remember that mag too
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Old 28-08-2007, 08:55
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Sadly, these mags are victims of 2 trends in modern society - the throwaway culture (even 'easy' repairs are typically more expensive than replacement, with manufacturers completly unwilling to provide parts or service details); and the public liability aspect, whereby a magazine potentially becomes liable if some innocent injures themselves while repairing a device. Our nanny state is such that even the good old meccano set is probably now a potential danger, in case some child puts a screwdriver through his finger and gets some terminal disease...
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Old 28-08-2007, 10:49
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Sadly, these mags are victims of 2 trends in modern society - the throwaway culture (even 'easy' repairs are typically more expensive than replacement, with manufacturers completly unwilling to provide parts or service details); and the public liability aspect, whereby a magazine potentially becomes liable if some innocent injures themselves while repairing a device. Our nanny state is such that even the good old meccano set is probably now a potential danger, in case some child puts a screwdriver through his finger and gets some terminal disease...
I agree, a good summary of the current situation.
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Old 28-08-2007, 16:21
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Re. TELEVISION magazine (and its later name),

I started to regularly buy the magazine in 1963 but sadly canceled my subscription last year, I agree with the comments made in earlier posts. Early colour TVs cost about £400 (about £6,000 in todays money) and went wrong on average two to three times a year, a far cry from the price and reliability of todays sets.

In the 60s I worked for J F Stone as a repairman. ending my full time TV repair career as a senior tech with Granada TV Rentals . During this time I found the magazine very informative and a lifesaver on many occasions, who remembers the problems with dual standard Philips hybrid valve/semiconductor colour televisions with their X ray emitting eht stabliser valve (luckily I did go on to produce healthy children and grandchildren), then the Thorn 2000 fully transistor TV and then the novelty of the Thorn 3000 chopper power supply, and then sold state line output transistors that seemed to blow on a whim but the likes of Les Lawry-Johns always found the underlying cause and guided me through.

Then along came Video recorders, DVD machines, Satellite receivers and Surface-mounted components, thank you Mike Phelan, Philip Blundell, Eugine Trundle, Nick Beer and Steve Beeching for your articles. sorry not to mention all the other contributors.

I finally gave up full time servicing in the late 70s and worked on the "other side of the fence" as a cameraman and editor but carried on doing "private jobs" for neighbors etc. until the manufacturers made it harder to obtain circuits and spares.

I must say that the main reason for not canceling Television earlier was the Long Distance Television and later satellite reception articles by Roger Bunny. I still have withdrawal symptoms but the likes of Digital spy go a very long way to
compensate.

May TELEVISION rest in peace.

Now what to do with all the hundreds of copies!

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Old 28-08-2007, 23:04
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A bonfire and BBQ?
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Old 29-08-2007, 06:29
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Oh no, that'd be a shame... reminds me of when (decades ago) I finally dumped my years' of issues of Practical Wireless and Practical Television...
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Old 11-10-2007, 10:05
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Hey all, just a note to let you know due to the pubic outcry Television & Consumer Electronics Magazine is coming back so don't crack out the tomb stones quite yet. It has been sold to Acorn Media Communications, they are bringing it back to life. The first issue is due out in December 2007 after a year’s absence. if you want for info checkout their website www.televisionmagazine.co.uk
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Old 11-10-2007, 13:47
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Hey all, just a note to let you know due to the pubic outcry Television & Consumer Electronics Magazine is coming back so don't crack out the tomb stones quite yet. It has been sold to Acorn Media Communications, they are bringing it back to life. The first issue is due out in December 2007 after a year’s absence. if you want for info checkout their website www.televisionmagazine.co.uk
Excellent news. I first picked up the magazine in the early 70's and ended up getting hooked on electronics and TV as well as finishing up with a career in BBC & ITV Engineering.

Of course a lot has changed since in the world of consumer electronics as well as in broadcasting but I hope the new magazine can find itself a niche and I'll be having a read myself when it's relaunched.
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Old 11-10-2007, 13:52
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Will be buying again (as long as its decent of course :P) from then....
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Old 11-10-2007, 19:07
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excelent news I will be buying it again ,best of luck to the new owner. I am not in the trade but with an interest in television it was fasinating to keep up with the latest developments.

I also loved the history articls from the earky days of TV

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Old 30-09-2009, 22:40
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Guys, I found this post whilst researching the viability of trying to reprint some Television Magazine articles.

I decided it was a worthwhile project and we have just started reprinting some articles on our forum. I have managed to get Donald Bullock on-board and he has just written an introduction for the forum and will be writing for us and commenting on his "What a Life!" articles from over the years.

I am not sure if I am allowed to mention my forum here and will assume that I am not allowed to. But you may find it by doing a Google search for "television magazine forum"

The section is open to everyone but guests will need to register to actually see the reprinted articles.
I hope to get more of Television Magazines contributors on-board over the coming months.

Thanks a lot...........
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Old 01-10-2009, 08:27
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On a similar note, does anyone remember the late 1907's sibling of E.T.I. - 'Hobby Electronics' ? I think it began in 1978 and it aimed to guide newcomers through the basics of electronics and circuit construction. It's monthly features always included a number of small projects - invariably 741 /555 based mixers, parking meter timers and the usual 'solution without a problem' circuits such as sound effects generators which were always supposedly made for a 'local amateur dramatics production'. These ran alongside reviews, workshop lessons and competitions. Curiously for an electronics magazine, it seemed to have a long running admiration of Felicity Kendall and it's readership frequently echoed this in the letters page - although I do remember a complaint from one lady that the competition prize t-shirts bearing the legend 'I'm a H.E. man' were a bit off. That alone would probably land them in court these days.
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Old 01-10-2009, 16:49
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Guys, I found this post whilst researching the viability of trying to reprint some Television Magazine articles.

I decided it was a worthwhile project and we have just started reprinting some articles on our forum. I have managed to get Donald Bullock on-board and he has just written an introduction for the forum and will be writing for us and commenting on his "What a Life!" articles from over the years.

I am not sure if I am allowed to mention my forum here and will assume that I am not allowed to. But you may find it by doing a Google search for "television magazine forum"

The section is open to everyone but guests will need to register to actually see the reprinted articles.
I hope to get more of Television Magazines contributors on-board over the coming months.

Thanks a lot...........
regards
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Thanks Trevor this is excelent news I miss Television

Robert
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Old 01-10-2009, 16:57
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While we are in reminisant mode .. have you seen ElectricDreams on BBC 4 ( and Iplayer) ... B&W TV with Snooker Colour TV which 20% of tthem Break down 5 or more times a year .. and 70's walll paper ... !!!
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Old 01-10-2009, 17:03
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Well I wish todays LCD and plasma sets broke down 5 times a year rather than just the once, outside of warranty and terminally so!

Might be enjoying some work if that was the case

At least I am not banned from here for suggesting another forum to look at.

Early days though
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Old 16-04-2011, 12:19
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Hi. I have inherited from my father a load of "Television and Home Electronics Repair" magazines. He started collecting them in 1972, and I believe there is every edition right up to Sept 2002. Most are in hardback folders and as far as I know all magazines are complete including there front covers. My father built a tv from one of the projects. Sadly it no longer works but may be of interest. Bottom line is they need a new home. If anybody out there is interested please let me know. I don't want anything for them, and I don't want to throw them away (recycle). This isn't my area of interest but I'm well aware of the valuable information contained in them. I would be prepared to deliver them up to say 40 miles from my home (Hythe, Kent) for the cost of the fuel, (probably £10 at todays prices)
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Old 16-04-2011, 19:47
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Hi. I have inherited from my father a load of "Television and Home Electronics Repair" magazines. He started collecting them in 1972, and I believe there is every edition right up to Sept 2002. Most are in hardback folders and as far as I know all magazines are complete including there front covers. My father built a tv from one of the projects. Sadly it no longer works but may be of interest. Bottom line is they need a new home. If anybody out there is interested please let me know. I don't want anything for them, and I don't want to throw them away (recycle). This isn't my area of interest but I'm well aware of the valuable information contained in them. I would be prepared to deliver them up to say 40 miles from my home (Hythe, Kent) for the cost of the fuel, (probably £10 at todays prices)
Advertising is not allowed, here, unfortunately (I think).

I'd try eBay and here:

http://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/index.php

incidentally, i did see you advertising them on eBay so just try for a bit longer. Someon'll show interest in them eventually.

I'd go for them but a) Bradford is way too far from you and b) I don't have the space for the lot.
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Old 17-04-2011, 10:48
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In a similar vein are used to keep all my back copies of the what sat magazine especially when it had decent articles on modifications to make bog standard equipment work better.
Unfortunately the editors suddenly decided to make it nothing more than a monthly version of the weekly TV programme guides and diluted the technical section to a point that I am not going to renew my subscription is any more.
So I suppressed my squirrel instincts I dumped about six years’ worth of back copies and promptly a week later bitterly regretted it because I now no longer have the reviews of the possible replacement to my elderly EchoStar satellite receiver. Add to that I never did get to grips with the automated motorised dish system my Fortec box tries to use.
Now here's a funny thing with my main dish pointing at Astra one I get some 300 channels on the EchoStar and the same signal into my Fortec Orion box produces only 90 channels and absolutely none of the match the signals I get on the EchoStar?
Yet another one of life's great mysteries!!
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