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G4 Drops TechTV Name

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the *headdesk*-*headdesk*-*headdesk*-*headdesk* dept.

Television 498

MrM writes "According to the latest press release from G4techTV, G4 will drop the TechTV name in mid-February 2005. This comes as a major step to the old TechTV viewers, as the focused content has become gaming-oriented once more. G4 also released a copy of their "redesigned" logo, but quickly pulled it off the web after release." The article also includes details of "two new series, "Formula D" and "Girls Gone Wired." Formula D appears to be coverage of Drift Racing (because obviously gamers love that), and unfortunately Girls Gone Wired appears to be exactly what you'd expect: Guys ogling video game characters in a beauty pageant.

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Hmm... (2, Insightful)

xaqar (112761) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335472)

"Nothing for you to see here, move along."

How appropriate...

Re:Hmm... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11335812)

Offtopic? Did you see the list of shows...there is nothing to see here...

SOB.... (2, Interesting)

Cyberglich (525256) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335473)

I miss tech tv :( G4 is the devil.

Re:SOB.... (4, Insightful)

spac3manspiff (839454) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335736)

I miss techTV too, but glad they dropped the name. G4 only a disgrace to the TechTV name in the first place..

FP!?! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11335478)

I am the FP.

I really hate G4. They messed up all that was good about TechTV.

another step in the wrong direction (4, Interesting)

lightdarkness (791960) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335482)

Obviously G4 didn't learn anything when they lost most of their fan base. G4 buying Tech TV was the worst thing to happen in ages.

Now they are going further away from the right thing. Getting rid of more shows, and adding lame ones.

It's still my hope that the old TechTV crew will start their own network, that would be awesome. G4 has ruined everything they ever made me believe in (TechTV that is).

Worse thing in ages... (5, Insightful)

eSavior (767078) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335676)

G4 buying Tech TV was the worst thing to happen in ages.
Damn... I wish I lived in that universe. :(

Re:another step in the wrong direction (2, Insightful)

Jane_the_Great (778338) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335793)

" Obviously G4 didn't learn anything when they lost most of their fan base. G4 buying Tech TV was the worst thing to happen in ages."
It must be Comcast's belief that the potential audience of gamers is greater than the audience of "technology enthusiasts" [for lack of a better term]. I think this may just be correct but the question is whether the gaming audience will show up.

"Now they are going further away from the right thing."
Keep in mind that it is the right thing according to you and you are one person. Comcast is not going to cater individually to your interests and they must believe that the gaming audience is larger or a more compelling demographic for advertisers than the old audience was. Can you argue otherwise?

"G4 has ruined everything they ever made me believe in (TechTV that is)."
Oh my god - get over it. TechTV had some okay shows but a lot of them were just half hour commercials for the latest gadget and many others were so dumbed down as to be completely useless. Don't romanticize TechTV so much - it was a g.d. cable station, not a renaissance.

Just another Nail in the Coffin (2, Interesting)

The Monkey Boy (838619) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335489)

Not that this really suprises me teh whole network has gotten terrible. I guess just a guarantee they will never get my viewership back

stampa stampa (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11335491)

frist prost?

logo? (1)

cdf12345 (412812) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335492)

Anyone have a cached copy of the new (lamer) logo?

Damn I hate comcast.

"Girls Gone Wired" (3, Insightful)

Anita Coney (648748) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335495)

Oh my friggin god, you weren't kidding. It's really about a virtual beauty pageant! I was under some asinine impression that it'd be about women who are into technology.

Re:"Girls Gone Wired" (3, Funny)

Israfels (730298) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335588)

That's because there's more virtual women than there are ACTUAL women that are into technology.

Re:"Girls Gone Wired" (1)

SilentChris (452960) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335620)

Can't be much worse than the "Who's Your Daddy?" reality show on Fox (look it up).

Re:"Girls Gone Wired" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11335662)

It is too late you the world son.

I think it is Playboy but possibly Penthouse that either has already done or plans to do a spread of a computer generated model. Wait wait, it was Playboy and the chick was from, aww crap I can't remember but some game with a hot chick in it.

Re:"Girls Gone Wired" (1)

Squatchman (844798) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335680)

I'm waiting for "Girls Gone Wired: Penguin Style starring Linus"

Are you kidding?? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11335706)

Wow, you must be over 14 dude. In other words, outside of G4's demographic. ;-)

The big problem with G4's management is I think they rely too much on ONLINE demographic data such as the average age of game related message forum users, etc. Teens have the most time to waste and are the most fanatical, which makes them APPEAR to be the core demographic, but they're not.

GGW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11335497)

Girls Gone Wired appears to be exactly what you'd expect: Guys ogling video game characters in a beauty pageant.

Will they also have a post-midnight "blue" airing of Custer's Revenge?

cant they think of a better name for a TV Show (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11335507)

geez just yesterdat we were all talking about steriotype

Uh oh... (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335515)


The dumbing down of G4 starts.

Soon you'll have "Trading CPUs" where neighbours trade machines for a day and soup them up and "What Not to Warez" where a couple of leet kids go through your hard disk and erase downloaded software.

Re:Uh oh... (3, Insightful)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335569)

Both those shows, as dumb as they sound, are far better than any of the crap G4 puts on.

Having said that, that 'Warez' show you mentioned might not be a bad idea for the general, spyware infested population.

Re:Uh oh... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11335614)


Way more spyware is installed by way of IE holes than by downloading warez.

Re:Uh oh... (4, Insightful)

ViceClown (39698) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335626)

Dumbing down starts? I don't think you can get any "dumber" than G4 already is. The poor TechTV souls...

Re:Uh oh... (4, Funny)

stupidfoo (836212) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335717)

Queer Eye for the 'Pretending to be a 14 Year old Girl' Guy?

Re:Uh oh... (3, Funny)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335802)

A good show might be "Windows Eye for the Linux Guy".

Dan Rather's new job (2, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335806)

Don't forget Dan Rather's new TV show on G4 after he leaves CBS. His first show is an expose on Bill Gates' monopolistic tendencies. He uses as evidence Microsoft Office 97 files which Gates filled out with incriminating information in 1977.

Well that sucks. (1)

barryman_5000 (805270) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335517)

G4 has been pretty horrible with some of its gaming stuff. I watched some of it yesterday and the only good thing was Xplay. The shows where they show people playing tournaments are lame. I could download a replay of really good players before watching that garbage. Question: Is there no longer a screen savers or fresh gear!? At least fresh gears would do well on another network. People love electronics.

Agree, but it seems to be gone... (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335666)

If Fresh Gear still lives I cannot find it. I agree that Fresh Gear was a show that lots of stations could easily fit in, as it had pretty widespread appeal... and the hosts of the show generally seemed to know what they were talking about.

I think there are enough good ideas for technical shows to hold a whole channel together, but I don't know if we'll see that again anytime soon. I wonder if G4 is dropping TechTV from the name is the term open for others to use? Probably not, they'll just sit on it.

With the loss of the name (1)

castlec (546341) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335518)

I'd just like to take this time to give a final goodbye to my formerly beloved TechTV/ZDNet.

words fail me (4, Insightful)

RobertTaylor (444958) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335519)

"The network also presented TCA critics with "Girls Gone Wired," a digital beauty pageant featuring the hottest 2D and 3D women on the planet"

Thats just sad...

I miss the old TechTV (1)

ISmokeRocks (841352) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335522)

I have noticed a distinct lack of quality and origionality ever since G4 got involved with Tech TV.

Flushing toiltet (1)

nickyandthefuture (714155) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335524)

Didn't Douglas Adams predict that American television would eventually devolve into an image of a toilet flushing accompanied by a riotous laugh track? Is this better or worse?

Re:Flushing toiltet (1)

umrgregg (192838) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335695)

This is approximately 42 times worse.

Really though, This is now the network for poloshirt wearing frat boys who think Halo 2 is the first FPS to have deathmatch.

Trolls Gone Wired (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11335525)

First Post!

Lame (0, Offtopic)

alienfluid (677872) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335526)

Who watches this lame channel anyway? Please help infect my test machine at: 139.147.8.100 [139.147.8.100] (unpatched WinXP and IIS)

Comcast should be sued ... (4, Interesting)

adzoox (615327) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335529)

This was a ploy by Comcast to get on satellite and on charter and Time Warner cable systems.

I have noticed (although have to admit I watch the channel maybe 15 minutes a week now) that Comcast is advertising.

Charter Communications has a large hub in my area and from what the "higher ups" have told me - they are quite angry.

I haven't understood why the former employees and show hosts don't ban together for a class action lawsuit for wrongful termination.

I also don't understand why us geeks (who don't want mindless gaming shows 24/7 and miss the older content) can't ban together and find an attorney that will sue Comcast for collusion and misrepresentation.

It's obvious (especially with this move) that Comcast had NO INTENTION to keep TechTv or any of it's content.

It's a shame Leo Laporte moved to TechTV in Canada!

Re:Comcast should be sued ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11335628)

It's "band", not "ban". Just FYI.

Re:Comcast should be sued ... (1)

Bastian (66383) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335727)

Eh, Comcast will likely learn their lesson in a couple years when G4 fails miserably (Really, I don't even know any hardcore gamers who like their programming.) and someone else comes out with a TechTV-like channel that ends up being rather successful.

I, for one, would love to see a channel that runs documentaries on stuff like the life of Babbage and the development of the IBM 360. I'd even buy digitcal cable for it.

Alas TechTV, I knew them well... (1)

CoMmEnT23 (675063) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335537)

At least they can't tarnish the name "TechTV" anymore with G4 gamer-style, non-geek, oriented crap.

we knew it would happen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11335539)

G4 taking over techtv was the worst thing to happen in cable tv since the lifetime channel. When g4 and techtv were seperate networks, techtv always beat out G4 in content and entertainment. With the merge, half of techtv's programming died, now I expect the rest to die with the name. WTG comcast!

You might wanna check out the G4 forums. (1)

thegoogler (792786) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335544)

Do a search on this, this was posted a few months back and kept getting deleated by the staff, but you can still find it somewhere on there.

Much more in detail about WHY there dropping the techtv name too, evedently people where actually calling them saying things like "You killed techtv, so why dont you drop the name" so there PR department said they should....

Re:You might wanna check out the G4 forums. (3, Informative)

ePhil_One (634771) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335770)

Much more in detail about WHY there dropping the techtv name too, evedently people where actually calling them saying things like "You killed techtv, so why dont you drop the name" so there PR department said they should....

Why I'm sure some folks were, given the big change in focus, but its very common in corporate renaming to run both names for a while. Its so people understand "its the same product, new name". Otherwise folks would be calling their cable companies complaining that they want their TechTV channel back, and to dump that new G4 channel.

drop (1)

Thomas_CK (835190) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335545)

Uh huh... I drop the network when they dropped the ZDTV format.

Not a huge surprise (4, Insightful)

gbulmash (688770) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335546)

Does this really come as a surprise to anyone? The gradual dismantling of Tech TV has been going on for years. Pure tech is too hard to translate into a full channel, and if you dumb it down to reach a wider audience, the core people who would watch a pure tech channel can't stand the content. Tech TV struck a pretty good balance between accessibility and intelligence, but it was always a tough row to hoe.

How about /.TV? 24 hour news and information for nerds? Fellas?

Re:Not a huge surprise (1)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335618)

How about /.TV? 24 hour news and information for nerds?


Well, at least the dumbing-down has already been done, so that's not an issue.

However, if the /. crew cannot even get together for a couple more Geeks In Space episodes, what makes you think they could do so for a 24 hour video channel?

It would be all Timothy and Michael, all the time.

Re:Not a huge surprise (1)

fr2asbury (462941) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335671)

They wouldn't need to do 24 hours of programming. I know people bitch and complain about dupes on /. but on TV it's perfectly acceptable to play the same show a couple times a day. ;-)

Remember the Golden Days (5, Interesting)

sir_mud_the_hairless (847595) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335548)

When Patrick wore his utilikilt and the network actually taught people about computers.

Re:Remember the Golden Days (5, Insightful)

mopslik (688435) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335688)

...or when TLC meant "The Learning Channel" rather than "Monster $OBJECT" and "$TRENDY_HOUSE_DECORATING_SHOW"?

Re:Remember the Golden Days (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11335782)

Or when Discovery meant just that rather than "Norway's Scariest Police Chases" and other sensationalism, and crap like "Motorcycle Xtreme" or whatever it's called.

Re:Remember the Golden Days (1)

KrancHammer (416371) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335816)

Cheap "reality" type programming has ruined those channels. Even David Attenborough's normally wonderful animal programs kinda got into the act with the "Spy in the ___" series.

Well Duh. (5, Funny)

allenw (33234) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335550)

They are obviously trying to steal "back" the viewership from Spike TV. That whole Video Game Awards thing means war!

let me get this straight (2, Interesting)

astrokid (779104) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335551)

1. Merge with well respected company with original content.
2. Destroy all original content and replace with mindless crap.
3. Disassociate yourself with merged company.
4. Profit??

I really miss the Tech TV of old. I was very suprised to see what G4 did to the Screensavers and all the other programming on the network.

So what exactly was the point with merging with Tech TV in the first place? Was it just to gut it from within?

Re:let me get this straight (2, Interesting)

Eggplant62 (120514) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335756)

I noted that they were starting to give more coverage to the Linux side of the table before the gutting took place. Maybe Comcast got paid by some software monopolist to take it over and defang the menace. We couldn't have a network that's informing the peasants that there's a choice in operating systems, could we?

Re:let me get this straight (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11335761)

It was to get eyeballs, pure and simple. TechTV had many more outlets.

The reason I got DirectTV (1)

KrancHammer (416371) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335559)

I was at a friend's house 7 or 8 years ago and was flipping through the channels when I saw this station dedicated to computers and computing. I was instantly enthralled, especially with the Screensavers with Leo and what's-her-name, the first co-host. Ok, so here is this smart, hot chick that knows computers. Wow. So, I went home and bought a directTV system so I could watch TechTv.
G4? Bleh.

Re:The reason I got DirectTV (1)

kb7oeb (543726) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335722)

That I was Kate, I miss her

Re:The reason I got DirectTV (1)

Graemee (524726) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335775)

You could always get a grey market canuck dish, expressVu or Starchoice and see Leo and a hot chick who knows computers now.

This blows for TechTV fans (2, Interesting)

AwesomeJT (525759) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335560)

I have watched less of TechTV since G4 took over. That's all they seem to focus on. Little of any "real" value. Way back in the day when Leo and Patrick hosted the ScreenSavers -- I got actual advice I could use with the occasional game-oriented segments. They still have game-only shows, but TechTV focused on the computer as a whole -- not just gaming. I think this is a disservice to all loyal fans of TechTV. If you want an exclusive gaming channel -- that's fine -- go do that -- but don't ruin a decent technology channel with much broader spectrum and appeal.

I think my days of watching G4/TechTV or whatever they call themselves has come to an end. GAME OVER!

Re:This blows for TechTV fans (2, Interesting)

jeffkjo1 (663413) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335636)

Way back in the day when Leo and Patrick hosted the ScreenSavers -- I got actual advice I could use with the occasional game-oriented segments.

Back during the day when TSS would dedicate an entire hour (or 90 minutes.... back in the really old days) to motherboards and ram, or to obscure photoshop tips.
I can only hope that Ziff Davis, or some other company comes up with a new TechTV like network... that will hopefully lure back some of TechTV's old talent.
I knew that the G4 didn't care about TechTV the moment Leo announced his resignation. And it doesn't surprise me (or anyone else, it seems), that they're dropping the TechTV monkier.

Re:This blows for TechTV fans (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11335825)

You used to watch the screensavers in the interest of seeing something you may have missed while browsing /. or maybe learn some new trick. Once they started having guest bands on the screensavers show I knew it was time to go. It started to become less tech and more 'entertainment'.

that is good news! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11335563)

now there will be no past linked to TechTV so nobody wonders why it sucks so hard now.

Just before G4 took it over techTV was getting pretty cool and the ScreenSavers was one (only) good tech shows on TV. It was getting to the point where there was some good content on the show.

Now it is just more G4 game glam BS.

The ScreenSavers website used to be a great site now just full of dumb content and even more adds

Thanks G4!!!!

Bollocks do they interact with real girls.... (1)

RobertTaylor (444958) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335565)

"Our audience interacts with digital girls as much as real girls and we're tapping into that fantasy," ...ah 'fantasy'. Could be true then ;)

They have fantasy 'real girls'!

I got news for you... (1)

cryptochrome (303529) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335710)

There is a very very slim chance that you may one day bang Angelina Jolie. But you will never ever bang Lara Croft.

Still a big difference between fantasy real girls and fantasy fake girls.

How totally "XtReMe!@#" (1)

lewp (95638) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335567)

Does anybody even watch this channel? After I saw that emo chick's tits watching the actual programming became pointless.

G4/(TechTV or not) has about as much to do with actual geeks or gamers as the Outdoor Life Network (you know, because we never go outside, uh huh huh).

Besides, if they were real gamers they'd be too busy playing WoW to make television shows.

It's poop now. (1)

Stumbles (602007) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335571)

I stopped watching that program almost as quickly as G4 took over. TechTV was a great show, to bad they have driven it into the dirt.

Formula D: more Xtreme crap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11335579)

Drifting is to motor racing as figure skating is to hockey. Any Initial D fan that thinks drifting is the fastest way to corner has never driven a car in competition.

The other show sounds like the NOPI Lifestyle for geeks. Maybe next they'll add wings and big tachs to their computers.

Sad (1)

ViceClown (39698) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335586)

This is almost heart breaking. TechTV was like the last bastion of smart, quirky technology reporting mixing older and younger opinions and experiences. Now the only smart parts have been evicerated and the only things that are left are the craptacularly poorly produced G4 game shows. What a shame. Terrible terrible shame.

So when... (2, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335587)

...will some other station buy XPlay so I can stop watching G4 altogether?

I think the most disturbing TV image ever created by man is the Shadow Watermelon Carrier crafted to advertise the "G-Spot" (that term alone tells you where the minds of the stations owners lie).

Not a Major step (1)

Grayswan (260299) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335591)

I think this is a incremental step toward me never watching the channel again.

Downward spiral to the drain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11335598)

The channel has gone down the drain. I don't like the hosts on ScreenSavers at all and none of the other shows on there is good enough to keep my interest in this "specialty channel". While I still enjoy seeing Leo on Call For Help (it's available here in Canada), it's not enough for me to continue paying the subscription for this channel.

Sorry, this channel sucks now as it's entirely aimed at the gaming community now.

TechTV Viewer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11335609)

My wife and I once watched TechTV all of the time. There were a lot of great shows about technology and innovation that were worth watching. We've stopped watching as the shows have been dumbed down.

It's one thing to have a show about Video Games on a technology channel, it's another thing to have a channel about Video Games that has a sprinkling of technology.

I was hoping that Comcast would use their leverage to add even more quality programming. Now it looks like all they've done is buy battle bots and XPlay and destroy the rest.

This is a sad day (1)

PoprocksCk (756380) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335610)

This is a sad day in the world of technology. The reason I originally bought TechTV was because of its name. I hadn't heard too much about it, but when I found out that there was a channel called TechTV, I knew I had to have it.

But G4? What is that, a PPC box? Its shows suck too -- the only two show I'm left watching on the whole God forsaken channel now are the Screen Savers, and Call for Help, both of which were imported from TechTV.

Thanks a lot, G4. You've killed quality.

I tried.. (3, Insightful)

wickedj (652189) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335615)

I tried to like it, I really did. But then, no one likes to watch someone else play a game. Sure, a game review might be nice once in a while but I'm not going to watch a television show for about 30 minutes where it's just a bunch of guys playing a game and not really saying anything of worth such as, "Suck it, punk b*tch!" to each other. Why watch them play a game when you could turn on your own machine and play.

At least with TechTV, they had decent shows like the ScreenSavers.

G4 bought TechTV for one reason ... (5, Insightful)

HP-UX'er (211124) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335630)

... to get their crappy programming into millions of more homes by 'buying' TechTV's slot in most Cable Companies lineup. I mean really, no one would give them a whole freaking channel otherwise. Any clown can see their current (not original TechTV shows) shows are total shit. /rant

Makes perfect sense. (1)

cryptochrome (303529) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335632)

Formula D is obviously capitalizing off of popular anime Initial D [geocities.com] . The manga version of which is sold at Radio Shack next to the RC cars. So there's plenty of geek interest there.

As for Girls Gone Wired... that's just another example of how patheticly detached from reality our culture has become. It'll be boring though.

(Side note: In terms of which anime is appropriate for kids to watch and which aren't, Initial D is #1 on my list for teens not too watch. That last thing you need is for them to display "imitiative behavior" and illegally race cars down treacherous mountain roads.)

Gamers TV (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11335640)

Considering the fact that they banished Leo to the frozen north...changed the Screen Savers into an every day gamer program. A more appropriate name for them would be gamer tv. Shame that the Linux/Mac crowd has officially been castrated. If you really want to learn anything about tech now you have no choice but to listen to the MS run media.

ObSimpsons: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11335642)

"Unfortunately Girls Gone Wired appears to be exactly what you'd expect: Guys ogling video game characters in a beauty pageant."
Homer: "Boy, you say that like it's a bad thing!"

G4WackTV (1)

CKnight (92200) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335655)

Oh where oh where has Leo Laport gone.

I long for the days of the ZD branding when it the station wasn't just a recurring list of video game FMVs and ho hum reviews.

No, I'm not a gamer. How could you tell?

Sad to see it go. (1)

Antonymous Flower (848759) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335664)

TechTV (formerly ZDTV) was a great channel. The daily live news shows were similar in scope to slashdot at times (most of their news came directly from slashdot). The station had a few other gems as well. Big Thinkers interviewed some of the more accomplished and unique (intelligent) people influencing the world today. Body Hits, while not different from your standard TLC or discovery documentary (before Monster House and Trading Spaces), provided a more current look at biology the way a researcher might. This is valuable to a younger audience. Eye drops was a showcase of amateur digital artwork that easily rivaled commercial artwork seen in motion pictures. The most valuable aspect of this channel, perhaps, was the opportunity for kids to not feel like they have to hide their nerdiness from others while also providing ignorant adults insight into the 'magic' behind technology. It is sad to see you go TechTV. Especially to this garbage.

Choice quote (1)

Benanov (583592) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335674)

The network also presented TCA critics with "Girls Gone Wired," a digital beauty pageant featuring the hottest 2D and 3D women on the planet, which is set to premiere in May. Comedian, actor and avid gamer Hal Sparks, who currently stars on Showtime's hit series "Queer as Folk," is slated to host. Sparks, along with a panel of celebrity and industry commentators, will guide viewers in G4's quest to crown the hottest video game vixen. Finalists will be announced online and G4 viewers will vote for the pageant's top beauties.

My, your polygons are looking good today.

Sigh. G4 has done no justice to the Tech TV moniker over the years, so it's probably best to dump it. Really seems like the content's getting 'dumbed down' in order to pull a bigger audience in. Which is fine. They are a TV show, after all.

The Force (1)

killerface (573659) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335679)

I feel a great disturbance as if millions of televisions screamed and suddenly turned the channel.

a New Tech-TV (1)

jbich (819618) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335684)

Well it sucks this happened, but it was worse when G4 bought tech-tv in the first place. It's pretty much sucked since then.

X-Play is staying on the air though right?
Oh what a life without Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb's hilarious, yet brutal reviews.

Perhaps someone will start a new Tech-TV and us geeks will have a new home on TV.
Any Takers?

That pretty much clinches it... (1)

Eggplant62 (120514) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335687)

I used to enjoy some of the shows on TechTV. Since the Comcast acquisition and the change to G4 and the shift of programming to more gaming-oriented shows, it's lost all appeal to me at all. Looks like it's time to remove it from the Favorites programming on my cablebox.

Another bites the dust (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11335697)

And so yet another great station finally bites the dust.....Tech TV was awsome and now G4-TechTV is for a lack of better words absolute SHIT.

And the verdict is out! (3, Funny)

ZeeExSixAre (790130) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335703)

Girls Gone Wired appears to be exactly what you'd expect: Guys ogling video game characters in a beauty pageant.

"She's not even real!"
"But she's hot..."
"But SHE'S NOT REAL!!!"

Get over it (0, Troll)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335711)

Face it. Noone watched TechTV. It was a dismal failure.

The content was too watered down for a geek, I just couldn't sit and watch ScreenSavers since most of the info they'd give was pretty much remedial to me. (Coming up next! We'll show you how to change the background color of your desktop!)

As far as non-geeks who don't really care about Tech, well, why would they watch TechTV?

The only thing they had going for them was the anime, but then Cartoon Network beat them at their own game with the Adult Swim and Miguzi programming blocks.

For the record, G4 is even worse. I can't believe anyone watches that shit.

I swear they just create these bullshit cable channels so they (the cable co) can justify yearly rate hikes.

Hooray, now I get the Golf channel, two Black channels (BET and ONE), two Womens channels (Lifetime and WET), G4, the Food network, CMT. I'm not black and don't want to watch Good Times reruns, I'm not a woman, I don't cook or listen to country music.

I can't wait for real digital delivery to happen, I predict schemes where I just pay some fee per channel I want (a couple of bucks a month).

Writings on the wall (2, Insightful)

mrpuffypants (444598) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335719)

Anybody who didn't see this coming is...well....dumb enough to watch G4.

TechTV is dead. Long live TechTV.

Give me old TechTV back (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11335726)

I used to watch TechTV a lot... before the G4 disaster. Leo's Call For Help, and Leo/Patrick on the ScreenSavers were my favorites and I rarely missed any shows. Sure it was partly because it was Leo, but it was more than that. I've watched ScreenSavers a few time since and it's not the same.

I'm glad I stopped watching TV (4, Interesting)

Apreche (239272) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335732)

Completely ceasing all TV watching was the best thing I ever did. Although I do like drift racing, I doubt that show will be very good.

You know, since there isn't any TV or radio for nerds like us, you think we would have made some already? I mean, just have people create video and audio content in an open source fashion. Collect it and place it in categories. Then by using a combination of RSS and BitTorrent, which is an idea everyone and their mother is implementing, voila nerd tv and radio. When someone doesn't make software we like, we make it ourselves. But when someone doesn't make television we like we whine and complain. Lets make it ourselves!

girls gone wired... (1)

Gribflex (177733) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335735)

...unfortunately Girls Gone Wired appears to be exactly what you'd expect: Guys ogling video game characters in a beauty pageant

Well that's super lame.

I had actually expected it would be a show about the rising use of video games, and personal electronics among women. Hopefuly with an emphasis on software/hardware that would be more appealing to a female audience (sims, iPod minis, Pink iPods/GBAs, new cell phone features, web cams, etc).

My wife would have loved a show like that.

Big F'in Deal... (1)

doppleganger871 (303020) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335741)

...really. I stopped watching that channel a long time ago. The history channel has a lot better technology coverage than G4 does.

G4.. (1)

NfoCipher (161094) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335758)

..TV made for kids like our friend Bobby [1up.com] :After you beat the death star level, there should be a snow level, then a small speederbike level. They should make a Matrix game in the theme of Star Wars. So then you take out your sword and run up to a guy and go, "Chiiing!" And after you saw though his head, you fly inside your X-wing.

Watching TechTV was like never leaving work (1)

Therlin (126989) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335763)

Maybe it's just me, but the novelty of TechTV quickly wore off and it felt like I had not left work.

I have not watched TechTV for a long, long time for that reason alone.

TechTV... R.I.P. (1)

boy_afraid (234774) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335774)

TechTV... R.I.P.

I knew thee well, for Screensavers was a righteous show with actual substance. Farewell to all that had a great idea. Time to move on and stay with Cartoon Network, Sci-Fi channel, and Comedy.

But, alas, let's not for get Anime Unleashed!

Not a single positive comment (1)

NetPoser (266960) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335779)

G4 should be GBore?

That station sucks and most of the folks on the air don't know tech or even gaming for that matter.

TechTV Good, G4 Sux (1)

limbo1686 (780618) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335786)

TechTV was had some good stuff. I liked several of the shows. The Screen Savers was great, and I liked Inventions (or something like that) also. Once G4 took it over - it was all over. I no longer watch the channel. With any luck, Comcast will not include it in my lineup anymore either as I see no need to pay for it.

Nothing good can come out of anything G4... (1)

Calikinakka (848981) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335792)

I was a hardcore TechTv fanatic. When G4 bought them, everything sucked. Even TSS started to suck. X-play got moved for hideously awful shows, and the hosts on half of these talk to the audience like they are moronic half-wits. Please, give us back our TechTv! Leo, Patrick, Adam, Morgan! We need more of these people!

Re:Nothing good can come out of anything G4... (0, Troll)

Jane_the_Great (778338) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335824)

"X-play got moved for hideously awful shows"
XPlay was moved to 11:00 and the show's name changed to XPlay [previously: Extreme Play] before Comcast purchased TechTV.

"Please, give us back our TechTv! Leo, Patrick, Adam, Morgan! We need more of these people!"
You need them. I don't need minor cable celebrities in my life. Go read a book.

A real shame (1)

sielwolf (246764) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335797)

The way I found out about TechTV was back when it was still ZDTV and this was from a 55 year old phone company tech. The guy was soon to be retired and just got a home-built PC from a coworker. In fiddling around with it he was told about ZDTV and soon became addicted to Screen Savers.

Now I've never really been to big into TechTV (I watch a little X-Play but when Morgan showed up... ugh) but the fact that it could reach a novice end user (one at an age where you "aren't supposed to be learning new things") impressed me. It keep him interested, made him excited about computers and technology, and informed him without either talking down nor over his head (something a lot of tech folks seem incapable of doing).

TV can be a strong informational medium: it can keep pretty current, it is pretty passive (unlike reading a book or trade mag), and provide multimedia interaction. That the one channel that was about exposing everybody to the latest ish has been replaced with juvenille porn is a shame. I'd almost prefer there to be a hardcore sex basic cable station. Then these other channels would have no reason to outscandalize each other for that 15-28 year old male demo. We might get something approaching substance.

Yeah: frogs, wings, bumps, asses a hoppin'.

Girls Gone Wired? (1)

keyne9 (567528) | more than 9 years ago | (#11335814)

Is it just me, or is G4 not-so-secretly pretending to be Spike Network?
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