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G4TechTV is coming soon!

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Chris Blount, May 10, 2004.

  1. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

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    Comcast Completes Acquisition of TechTV

    PHILADELPHIA, May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Comcast Corporation today announced that it has completed the purchase of TechTV from Vulcan Programming, Inc. and, as planned, will merge it with G4, the Comcast-owned television network devoted to video games and the gamer lifestyle. EchoStar Communications Corporation will have an equity interest in the combined entity. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    Beginning May 28, the two channels will merge into one network called G4TechTV and will be available in approximately 44 million cable and satellite homes nationwide. The merged channel will be headquartered in Los Angeles. "We are confident that G4TechTV will offer value to the many affiliates; advertisers; content partners; and viewers of both G4 and TechTV," said Charles Hirschhorn, CEO of the merged network. "The combined programming lineup will let viewers continue to enjoy their favorite shows while, at the same time, introducing them to new programming. Additionally, we have begun to develop new, exciting original programming that will premiere later this year."

    Viewers who have questions about the merger may log onto
    http://www.g4techtv.com for more information.

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  2. James Hill

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    FYI...

    List of shows making it from TechTV:

    Anime Unleashed
    Body Hits
    Eye Drops
    Fresh Gear
    Future Fighting Machines
    Invent This
    Nerd Nation
    Robot Wars
    The Screen Savers
    Thunderbirds
    Unscrewed
    X-Play

    Not on the list: Call For Help and TechLive

    James Hill
     
  3. Geronimo

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    Where did the list come from?
     
  4. BFG

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    So for the people that currently have both G4 and TechTV, I guess the TechTV channel will go offline and the new channel will be on G4. And for the those that only have either G4 or TechTV the new station will just be on that channel
     
  5. James Hill

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    Off of Leoville.com. Someone when through the G4TechTV.com site and compiled this list from the information on that site.

    James Hill
     
  6. Mark Holtz

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    This is going to be interesting. At the last CGExpo, I spoke with a buddy of mine, and he has said some not-too-good things about G4.

    At least they're keeping Anime Unleashed. We just need some fresh anime.
     
  7. Geronimo

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    Well I must be missing something. I don't see a list like that on g4techtv.com.
     
  8. gglockner

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    g4techtv.com only seems to be showing a preview schedule -- the programs that each network will be carrying from the other during some transition phase.
     
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  10. Geronimo

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    Thanks Lee. I found it. They sure aren't highlighting it. Not much of a website for a "tech" channel?
     
  11. BFG

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    they certainly didnt put any effort into coming up for a channel name, G4TechTV, now that's catchy!
     
  12. Jacob S

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    I had a feeling that they would get rid of Call For Help but keep The Screen Savers because people call in for questions on The Screen Savers as well so they figured that the one show would be good enough, seeing how they are both alike.
     
  13. Marvin

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    A couple of things:

    ZDTV launched on May 11th, 1998 (the channel TechTV used to be) so it managed to last 6 years, which back then was about 5 years longer than I expected given the initial shows that were aired and the lame promos and stuff. Back then I stumbled across it on May 12th on the big C Band dish which was before many places carried it initially. Im also guessing that it will go bye-bye from C-Band as one of the last good in the clear (read: free) channels.

    Outside of the Screensavers, X Play and Anime Unleashed, I don't expect many of the Tech TV programs to last very long. Thunderbirds hasn't even been on in a while after all they went through to bring it to Tech TV, although with the new movie coming along they might revive it again.
     
  14. James_F

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    All of the best programming has long since evaporated, such as Silicon Spin hosted by John C. Dvorak. The Screensavers was the only show worthy of audience attention, and that's not saying very much. Unscrewed with Martin Sargeant was an absolute disgrace. I'm not sad to see any of these programs go off the air.
     
  15. James Hill

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    Already did. Weekend before last.

    TechTV's definetly shifted its focus over the last year. The current version of TSS is horrible and Unscrewed is just an excuse to put porn three clicks off of the main TechTV.com page.

    The speculation is that G4TechTV is just a temporary name. Once things settle down most feel they'll go to being just "G4".

    The question now is what will Leo Laporte do? It's safe to assume he could wind up doing another big computer show that would rival G4's best in the ratings.

    James Hill
     
  16. Marvin

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    Man, that shows you how much I watched it as of late. I used to watch the show every day for TSS and Call For Help when it was CFH at 7 and TSS at 9.

    Leo I think stilll does a radio show but I imagine hes burnt out from carrying Tech TV for the last few years. My guess is after a while he'll be back doing something for TV...but alas there will be no more of Leo's Tech Almanacs..:lol:
     
  17. Tele-TV

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    FINALLY!!! :balloons: Thanks for the info Chris.
     
  18. Slordak

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    So they say not until the end of May is "G4TechTV" officially coming, right?

    However, last night on TechTV, I saw a show I'd never seen before called "Arena", which involved two teams of players battling it out in various games. The program guide said Robot Wars should be on, but obviously it wasn't. Does this mean that the G4 programming is already being migrated onto TechTV?
     
  19. narnia777

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    Yeah, that show Arena and a couple others are being shown in place of Robot wars... http://g4techtv.com has the temp schedule.

    It is very sad that all the general computer and tech shows are slowly getting squeezed out by the video game content. The new channel will not be the same, they have the potentional to make it better, they should have expanded the tech programming and got rid of the fluff that isn't tech related.

    I'll miss call for help and tech live, my other favorites the screensavers and fresh gear are still listed on the new network but without the same people doing them will it be as good?

    Those 4 shows are the only ones I watch regulally. I do catch Nerd Nation, Spy School, Invent This and a few others once in a while but none are as good as the computer tech shows that I crave.

    Jim
     
  20. Tele-TV

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    It's going to be Cool! :cool: to see coverage of E3 (even though I don't play my games anymore).
     

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