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G4TV Going Away on Directv?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by ruthiesea, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. Nov 4, 2010 #281 of 374
    TheRatPatrol

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    Seems like there are a lot of people over there that want it back. I wonder if this will get D* to negotiate again for the channel? D* added new subscribers and made a profit last quater.

     
  2. Nov 4, 2010 #282 of 374
    sigma1914

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    Not even negotiating? That's not good. G4 is a good channel, IMO, but I know I'm in the minority.
     
  3. Nov 4, 2010 #283 of 374
    TheRatPatrol

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    Nope.

     
  4. Nov 4, 2010 #284 of 374
    trh

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    The last version of Call for Help (with Leo Laporte) was filmed from 2004-2006 in Toronto.
    Then the show was moved to Vancouver and called The Lab w/Leo Laporte (2006-2008). As bonscott87 pointed out, you can now see him on a number of shows on twit.tv (or get the audio and video files via iTunes).
     
  5. Nov 5, 2010 #285 of 374
    bonscott87

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    Yep, he hasn't been to Canada in a couple years at least. He does a weekly show with his Canadian co-host Amber Mac called "Net at Night".

    Leo has pretty much reconstructed the old TechTV network, especially when you add in the various Revision 3 shows like TekZilla which has Patrick Norton and Veronica Belmont hosting.

    There is no need for these "cable" networks anymore. ;)
     
  6. Nov 5, 2010 #286 of 374
    blackhawkzone

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    Personally, take more time to work on more sports channels than to waste time with this type of channel. Let dish network have these type of channels.
     
  7. Nov 5, 2010 #287 of 374
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    Yup that,s it guys. It was probably a 2008 show I had seen.I was wondering what was going on. Thanks for clearing that up guys. :)
     
  8. Nov 5, 2010 #288 of 374
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    But on the flip side you dont want to lose those customers who especially watch G4 and other niche channels so to speak such as Sleuth because they are just as important as the sports base.
     
  9. Nov 5, 2010 #289 of 374
    Hoosier205

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    Depends on how many viewers we are talking about. How many, in the end, are actually going to leave over G4? Enough for it to register?
     
  10. Nov 5, 2010 #290 of 374
    cjrleimer

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    Good point but still those customers who dont watch sports as a whole are apart of D and they dont want to lose customers because of these disputes.
     
  11. Nov 5, 2010 #291 of 374
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    But look at the other options. Disputes are on the rise, with many providers. I don't know how often Time Warner drops a channel (though I don't believe a friend that told me they've never dropped one in a dispute), but I know they seem to tell customers every year what channels may be dropped. Dish has dropped in the past, Cablevision etc. Some of those were a lot higher profile channels than G4. Personally, I think DirecTV is a lot less likely to drop something like Food Network than a channel like G4 or Versus. U-Verse just lost HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and GAC today.
     
  12. Nov 5, 2010 #292 of 374
    bonscott87

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    +1

    The thing is that even the highest rated show on G4 barely even gets 250K *total* viewers (being that they aren't even in the top 25 of cable networks) and that's from all providers. I think the number that would leave DirecTV over losing this channel alone would be under 100. And that's the gamble DirecTV is making over Comcast probably wanting way more money then this channel is worth.
     
  13. Nov 5, 2010 #293 of 374
    Drucifer

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    Actually all broadcasters are going to blow it by making every channel a mirror image of other channels by rebroadcasting old TV shows.

    There should be more dedicated channels that only focus on a single subject - like the baby channel.

    There could be channels for indoor hobbies, senior life, home tech, etc.
     
  14. Nov 5, 2010 #294 of 374
    fluffybear

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    Do you think it would even be that high? No offense but G4's target audience (if I am not mistaken) was 12 to 24 year olds. I don't believe DirecTV has a large paying subscriber base in that age range.
     
  15. Nov 5, 2010 #295 of 374
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    Any of these niche channels fall under that same kind of scrutiny.

    In its simplist form....its carriage cost vs ROI (viewship is part of that formula).
     
  16. Nov 5, 2010 #296 of 374
    bonscott87

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    You're probably right, it's not that high. Leo has stated that at it's peak the Screen Savers was lucky to get 250K viewers. He's doing over double that now streaming on the Internet.

    G4 is just not a very watched network. I've also read that the channel itself is actually in trouble and Comcast may be looking at shutting it down due to such low ratings. Especially if they lose Olivia Munn to her growing acting career. DirecTV may simply have seen the writing on the wall and I would expect more providers dropping G4 over the next year or so as more contracts expire.
     
  17. Nov 5, 2010 #297 of 374
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    I wonder when these contracts will expire though? Didn't E* and many cable companys just add G4 in HD this past year? It may be a while.
     
  18. Nov 5, 2010 #298 of 374
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    There are beautiful women all over the place looking to get on TV. Loosing one isn't a problem. Another 1000 are waiting to fill the void.
     
  19. Nov 5, 2010 #299 of 374
    cjrleimer

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    I agree and I am curious to find out what other niche channels are in trouble because of this maybe Direct TV helped Comcast shut the channel down in a weird way if it goes in that direction.
     
  20. Nov 5, 2010 #300 of 374
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    Instead of shuttering it they may sell it or rebrand the channel to something else. I doubt they would totally close it down.
     

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