Before the word camcorder was coined, Matthew York attended Rutgers's University in New Jersey. In three short years he pursued a double major in Communications (TV) and English (Film) and graduated in 1978 with a BA. For a short time he worked in the TV commercial industry and the underground video movement while living in New York City.
He and his wife, Patrice, moved to California in 1980. In 1985, York was inspired by the advent of the camcorder. He researched the magazine publishing field, created a corporation (his first), raised capital for Videomaker Magazine, and launched it in June of 1986 from Peterborough, New Hampshire. First published when manufacturers began marketing camcorders to consumers, Videomaker is now the industry-leading magazine in its category. York Publishing also conducts the Videomaker Expo twice a year, Videomaker Conferences, as well as hands on workshops, a videotape series, and a robust website. York launched Smart TV, the Magazine for Selective and Interactive Viewers, in August of 1997. In December of 1998, Matt was awarded United States Patent 5,850,340 for an "Integrated remote controlled computer and television system".
It is York's vision to democratize and enrich television by educating, informing and inspiring people about its use.