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16th Dec '16 10:52:37 AM PF
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Then, in 2012, the final shoe dropped. With the Comcast[=/=][=NBCUniversal=] merger, G4 gained yet another new president Adam Stotsky (who works with Bonnie Hammer, who is associated with the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]]'s network decay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Munn already left in 2010 for a successful acting career). The two flagship shows, ''X-Play'' and ''Attack of the Show!'' were canceled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectively ending all G4 studio programming. The network was to be rebranded into the Esquire Network with ''Esquire'' magazine as the partner. However in late 2013, it was decided that Esquire Network would take over the Style Network's channel space, leaving G4 as a "zombie" channel that just looped its own programming and direct-to-consumer ads with the loneliest phone lines in the industry. [[http://xfinity.comcast.net/learn/programming/ Comcast removed G4 from all of its systems beginning in January 2014]], with several cable providers such as Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Verizon [=FiOS=], and Dish Network dropping it earlier. Throughout 2013 and 2014, only [=AT&T=] U-Verse and a few other small cable providers carried the channel to fulfill their contracts to Comcast and NBC until the last minute of December 31, 2014.

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Then, in 2012, the final shoe dropped. With the Comcast[=/=][=NBCUniversal=] merger, G4 gained yet another new president Adam Stotsky (who works with Bonnie Hammer, who is associated with the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]]'s network decay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Munn already left in 2010 for a successful acting career). The two flagship shows, ''X-Play'' and ''Attack of the Show!'' were canceled cancelled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectively ending all G4 studio programming. The network was to be rebranded into the Esquire Network with ''Esquire'' magazine as the partner. However in late 2013, it was decided that Esquire Network would take over the Style Network's channel space, leaving G4 as a "zombie" channel that just looped its own programming and direct-to-consumer ads with the loneliest phone lines in the industry. [[http://xfinity.comcast.net/learn/programming/ Comcast removed G4 from all of its systems beginning in January 2014]], with several cable providers such as Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Verizon [=FiOS=], and Dish Network dropping it earlier. Throughout 2013 and 2014, only [=AT&T=] U-Verse and a few other small cable providers carried the channel to fulfill their contracts to Comcast and NBC until the last minute of December 31, 2014.
16th Dec '16 8:13:02 AM MegaJ
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Then, in 2012, the final shoe dropped. With the Comcast[=/=][=NBCUniversal=] merger, G4 gained yet another new president Adam Stotsky (who works with Bonnie Hammer, who is associated with the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]]'s network decay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Munn already left in 2010 for a successful acting career). The two flagship shows, ''X-Play'' and ''Attack of the Show!'' were canceled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectively ending all G4 studio programming. The network was to be rebranded into the Esquire Network with ''Esquire'' magazine as the partner. However in late 2013, it was decided that Esquire Network would take over the Style Network's channel space, leaving G4 as a "zombie" channel that just looped its own programming and direct-to-consumer ads with the loneliest phone lines in the industry. [[http://xfinity.comcast.net/learn/programming/ Comcast removed G4 from all of its systems beginning in January 2014]], with several cable providers such as Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Verizon [=FiOS=], and Dish Network dropping it earlier. Throughout 2013 and 2014, only [=AT&T=] U-Verse and a few other small cable providers carried the channel to fulfill their contracts to Comcast and NBC the last minute of December 31, 2014.

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Then, in 2012, the final shoe dropped. With the Comcast[=/=][=NBCUniversal=] merger, G4 gained yet another new president Adam Stotsky (who works with Bonnie Hammer, who is associated with the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]]'s network decay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Munn already left in 2010 for a successful acting career). The two flagship shows, ''X-Play'' and ''Attack of the Show!'' were canceled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectively ending all G4 studio programming. The network was to be rebranded into the Esquire Network with ''Esquire'' magazine as the partner. However in late 2013, it was decided that Esquire Network would take over the Style Network's channel space, leaving G4 as a "zombie" channel that just looped its own programming and direct-to-consumer ads with the loneliest phone lines in the industry. [[http://xfinity.comcast.net/learn/programming/ Comcast removed G4 from all of its systems beginning in January 2014]], with several cable providers such as Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Verizon [=FiOS=], and Dish Network dropping it earlier. Throughout 2013 and 2014, only [=AT&T=] U-Verse and a few other small cable providers carried the channel to fulfill their contracts to Comcast and NBC until the last minute of December 31, 2014.
16th Dec '16 5:15:39 AM PF
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The Esquire Network went through it's own DevelopmentHell[=/=]TroubledProduction period. The channel's initial launch date was April 22, 2013 but that date was changed to the lack of programming made and it's launch date was moved September 23, 2013. But then the entire rebrand strategy changed when [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 [=NBCUniversal=] decided to replace Style Network instead]], because Style had more broader carriage than G4 and because it was too similar to NBCU's other two women-focused networks, E! and Oxygen. This was announced with ''very'' little notice, you can imagine the fury amongst Style Network's fans. So in the end G4 was replaced with...[[ScrewedByTheNetwork Nothing!]] [[Film/{{UHF}} Absolutely nothing]]! [[http://www.wwd.com/media-news/fashion-memopad/petit-public-7327408?src=nl/mornReport/20131231 The inital ratings for the Esquire Network]] were unable to be measured by Nielsen because they were "too low to meet its “minimum-reporting standard," and ratings and interest continued to stay low. Dish Network, [=AT&T=] U-Verse, and DirecTV dropped the network in late 2016, with it's future very much in doubt.

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The Esquire Network went through it's its own DevelopmentHell[=/=]TroubledProduction period. The channel's initial launch date was April 22, 2013 but that date was changed to the lack of programming made and it's launch date was moved September 23, 2013. But then the entire rebrand strategy changed when [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 [=NBCUniversal=] decided to replace Style Network instead]], because Style had more broader carriage than G4 and because it was too similar to NBCU's other two women-focused networks, E! and Oxygen. This was announced with ''very'' little notice, you can imagine the fury amongst Style Network's fans. So in the end G4 was replaced with...[[ScrewedByTheNetwork Nothing!]] [[Film/{{UHF}} Absolutely nothing]]! [[http://www.wwd.com/media-news/fashion-memopad/petit-public-7327408?src=nl/mornReport/20131231 The inital ratings for the Esquire Network]] were unable to be measured by Nielsen because they were "too low to meet its “minimum-reporting standard," and ratings and interest continued to stay low. Dish Network, [=AT&T=] U-Verse, and DirecTV dropped the network in late 2016, with it's its future very much in doubt.
15th Dec '16 10:27:20 PM MegaJ
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Then, in 2012, the final shoe dropped. With the Comcast[=/=][=NBCUniversal=] merger, G4 gained yet another new president Adam Stotsky (who works with Bonnie Hammer, who is associated with the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]]'s network decay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Munn already left in 2010 for a successful acting career). The two flagship shows, ''X-Play'' and ''Attack of the Show!'' were canceled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectively ending all G4 studio programming. The network was to be rebranded into the Esquire Network on April 22, 2013, with ''Esquire'' magazine as the partner.

The Esquire Network went through it's own DevelopmentHell[=/=]TroubledProduction period: The date of April 22, 2013 passed and the network didn't launch yet to the lack of programming made and it's launch date was moved to later that summer. G4, by that point became a channel on a robo-feed, going through it's library of original programming, acquisitions, and year-old ''X-Play'' re-runs. Finally settling on a date of September 23, 2013, and after all the promotions, firings and cancellations, G4... [[ScrewedByTheNetwork was replaced with absolutely nothing at all.]] It turned out that [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 [=NBCUniversal=] decided to replace Style Network instead, because Style had more broader carriage than G4, and because it was too similar to NBCU's other women-focused networks.]] Because this was announced with ''very'' little notice, you can imagine the fury amongst Style Network's fans. But the real kicker was that, at launch, the [[http://www.wwd.com/media-news/fashion-memopad/petit-public-7327408?src=nl/mornReport/20131231 ratings for the Esquire Network]] were unable to be measured by Nielsen because they were "too low to meet its “minimum-reporting standard".

With G4 left to be a "zombie" channel that just looped its own programming, [[http://xfinity.comcast.net/learn/programming/ Comcast removed G4 from all of its systems beginning in January 2014]], with several cable providers such as Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Verizon [=FiOS=], and Dish Network dropping it earlier. Throughout 2013 and 2014, only AT&T U-Verse and a few other smaller cable providers still carried the channel to fulfill their contracts to Comcast and NBC. While G4 continued to air reruns and direct-to-consumer ads with the loneliest phone lines in the industry, the syndication deals for ''Series/{{LOST}}'', ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', and ''Cops'' ended in September 2014.

It was reported that G4 would shut down on November 30, 2014, but some companies, [=AT&T=] U-Verse being the highest profile, stuck to their contract and removed the channel the last minute of December 31, 2014. The last programming day's hours consisted of the 5-part ''The Top 100 Video Games of All Time'' special, followed by the first episode of ''X-Play'', the last show to air on the network.

The channel's final sign-off was a game of ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'' ([[BookEnds referencing when G4 launched with all-week]] ''Pong'' games) that slowly shrunk and filled with a grey color. Then, a sound clip of ''AOTS'' host Kevin Pereira shouting "I'M AT COMIC-CON!!!" was played (possibly alluding to G4 dying and going to "nerd heaven"), as the dot shut off like an analog TV alongside ''Pong''[='=]s end-match bloops and the Game Boy start-up chime, symbolically ending the network with a GameOver. If you wanna experience it for yourself, click [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIaPvsrUG8w right here.]]

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Then, in 2012, the final shoe dropped. With the Comcast[=/=][=NBCUniversal=] merger, G4 gained yet another new president Adam Stotsky (who works with Bonnie Hammer, who is associated with the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]]'s network decay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Munn already left in 2010 for a successful acting career). The two flagship shows, ''X-Play'' and ''Attack of the Show!'' were canceled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectively ending all G4 studio programming. The network was to be rebranded into the Esquire Network on April 22, 2013, with ''Esquire'' magazine as the partner.

The
partner. However in late 2013, it was decided that Esquire Network went through it's own DevelopmentHell[=/=]TroubledProduction period: The date of April 22, 2013 passed and would take over the network didn't launch yet to the lack of programming made and it's launch date was moved to later that summer. G4, by that point became a channel on a robo-feed, going through it's library of original programming, acquisitions, and year-old ''X-Play'' re-runs. Finally settling on a date of September 23, 2013, and after all the promotions, firings and cancellations, G4... [[ScrewedByTheNetwork was replaced with absolutely nothing at all.]] It turned out that [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 [=NBCUniversal=] decided to replace Style Network instead, because Style had more broader carriage than G4, and because it was too similar to NBCU's other women-focused networks.]] Because this was announced with ''very'' little notice, you can imagine the fury amongst Style Network's fans. But the real kicker was that, at launch, the [[http://www.wwd.com/media-news/fashion-memopad/petit-public-7327408?src=nl/mornReport/20131231 ratings for the Esquire Network]] were unable to be measured by Nielsen because they were "too low to meet its “minimum-reporting standard".

With
channel space, leaving G4 left to be as a "zombie" channel that just looped its own programming, programming and direct-to-consumer ads with the loneliest phone lines in the industry. [[http://xfinity.comcast.net/learn/programming/ Comcast removed G4 from all of its systems beginning in January 2014]], with several cable providers such as Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Verizon [=FiOS=], and Dish Network dropping it earlier. Throughout 2013 and 2014, only AT&T [=AT&T=] U-Verse and a few other smaller small cable providers still carried the channel to fulfill their contracts to Comcast and NBC. While G4 continued to air reruns and direct-to-consumer ads with the loneliest phone lines in the industry, the syndication deals for ''Series/{{LOST}}'', ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', and ''Cops'' ended in September 2014.

It was reported that G4 would shut down on November 30, 2014, but some companies, [=AT&T=] U-Verse being the highest profile, stuck to their contract and removed the channel
NBC the last minute of December 31, 2014. 2014.

The last programming day's hours consisted of the 5-part ''The Top 100 Video Games of All Time'' special, followed by the first episode of ''X-Play'', the last show to air on the network.

network. The channel's final sign-off was a game of ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'' ([[BookEnds referencing when G4 launched with all-week]] ''Pong'' games) that slowly shrunk and filled with a grey color. Then, a sound clip of ''AOTS'' host Kevin Pereira shouting "I'M AT COMIC-CON!!!" was played (possibly alluding to G4 dying and going to "nerd heaven"), as the dot shut off like an analog TV alongside ''Pong''[='=]s end-match bloops and the Game Boy start-up chime, symbolically ending the network with a GameOver. If you wanna experience it for yourself, click [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIaPvsrUG8w right here.]]
]]

The Esquire Network went through it's own DevelopmentHell[=/=]TroubledProduction period. The channel's initial launch date was April 22, 2013 but that date was changed to the lack of programming made and it's launch date was moved September 23, 2013. But then the entire rebrand strategy changed when [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 [=NBCUniversal=] decided to replace Style Network instead]], because Style had more broader carriage than G4 and because it was too similar to NBCU's other two women-focused networks, E! and Oxygen. This was announced with ''very'' little notice, you can imagine the fury amongst Style Network's fans. So in the end G4 was replaced with...[[ScrewedByTheNetwork Nothing!]] [[Film/{{UHF}} Absolutely nothing]]! [[http://www.wwd.com/media-news/fashion-memopad/petit-public-7327408?src=nl/mornReport/20131231 The inital ratings for the Esquire Network]] were unable to be measured by Nielsen because they were "too low to meet its “minimum-reporting standard," and ratings and interest continued to stay low. Dish Network, [=AT&T=] U-Verse, and DirecTV dropped the network in late 2016, with it's future very much in doubt.
9th Dec '16 10:45:43 PM Xtifr
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'''G4''' (also known as '''[=G4TV=]''') was a television network known for its focus on [[VideoGames video games]] and geek culture, and infamously associated with [[NetworkDecay network decay]]. Since the inception of the network, it had gone through some [[TroubledProduction serious growing pains trying to find an audience and gain ratings and advertisers.]] Simply put, the channel was a failed exercise in OldMediaPlayingCatchUp in television channel form and its death was one of the most tragic cable stories since FNN (the Financial News Network) was sold for parts to CNBC in 1992.

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'''G4''' G4 (also known as '''[=G4TV=]''') [=G4TV=]) was a television network known for its focus on [[VideoGames video games]] and geek culture, and infamously associated with [[NetworkDecay network decay]]. Since the inception of the network, it had gone through some [[TroubledProduction serious growing pains trying to find an audience and gain ratings and advertisers.]] Simply put, the channel was a failed exercise in OldMediaPlayingCatchUp in television channel form and its death was one of the most tragic cable stories since FNN (the Financial News Network) was sold for parts to CNBC in 1992.
27th May '16 7:52:35 PM GiantJumboJellyfish
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In March 2015, a small glimmer of hope emerged as [[http://www.syfygames.com/news Syfy's freemium gaming website started a news and videos section with the G4 branding]]. The site also employs some former G4 employees as writers. The fact [=NBCUniversal=] is still using the G4 name for new content is a small reassurance for the channel's fans.

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In March 2015, a small glimmer of hope emerged as [[http://www.syfygames.com/news Syfy's freemium gaming website started a news and videos section with the G4 branding]]. The site also employs some former G4 employees as writers. The Although it's probably done for trademark reasons, the fact [=NBCUniversal=] is still using the G4 name for new content is a small reassurance for the channel's fans.
13th Apr '16 12:37:45 PM PF
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With G4 left to be a "zombie" channel that just looped it's own programming, [[http://xfinity.comcast.net/learn/programming/ Comcast removed G4 from all of its systems beginning in January 2014]], with several cable providers such as Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Verizon [=FiOS=], and Dish Network dropping it earlier. Throughout 2013 and 2014, only AT&T U-Verse and a few other smaller cable providers still carried the channel to fulfill their contracts to Comcast and NBC. While G4 continued to air reruns and direct-to-consumer ads with the loneliest phone lines in the industry, the syndication deals for ''Series/{{LOST}}'', ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', and ''Cops'' ended in September 2014.

to:

With G4 left to be a "zombie" channel that just looped it's its own programming, [[http://xfinity.comcast.net/learn/programming/ Comcast removed G4 from all of its systems beginning in January 2014]], with several cable providers such as Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Verizon [=FiOS=], and Dish Network dropping it earlier. Throughout 2013 and 2014, only AT&T U-Verse and a few other smaller cable providers still carried the channel to fulfill their contracts to Comcast and NBC. While G4 continued to air reruns and direct-to-consumer ads with the loneliest phone lines in the industry, the syndication deals for ''Series/{{LOST}}'', ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', and ''Cops'' ended in September 2014.



The channel's final sign-off was a game of ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'' ([[BookEnds referencing when G4 launched with all-week Pong games]]) that slowly shrunk and filled with a grey color. Then, a sound clip of ''AOTS'' host Kevin Pereira shouting "I'M AT COMIC-CON!!!" was played (possibly alluding to G4 dying and going to "nerd heaven"), as the dot shut off like an analog TV alongside ''Pong''[='=]s end-match bloops and the Game Boy start-up chime, symbolically ending the network with a GameOver. If you wanna experience it for yourself, click [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIaPvsrUG8w right here.]]

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The channel's final sign-off was a game of ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'' ([[BookEnds referencing when G4 launched with all-week Pong games]]) all-week]] ''Pong'' games) that slowly shrunk and filled with a grey color. Then, a sound clip of ''AOTS'' host Kevin Pereira shouting "I'M AT COMIC-CON!!!" was played (possibly alluding to G4 dying and going to "nerd heaven"), as the dot shut off like an analog TV alongside ''Pong''[='=]s end-match bloops and the Game Boy start-up chime, symbolically ending the network with a GameOver. If you wanna experience it for yourself, click [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIaPvsrUG8w right here.]]
13th Apr '16 11:19:50 AM MarcoPolo250
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'''G4''' (also known as '''[=G4TV=]''') was a television network known for its focus on [[VideoGames video games]] and geek culture, and infamously associated with [[NetworkDecay network decay]]. Since the inception of the network, it had gone through some [[TroubledProduction serious growing pains trying to find an audience and gain ratings and advertisers.]] Simply put, the channel was a failed exercise in OldMediaPlayingCatchUp in television channel form.

to:

'''G4''' (also known as '''[=G4TV=]''') was a television network known for its focus on [[VideoGames video games]] and geek culture, and infamously associated with [[NetworkDecay network decay]]. Since the inception of the network, it had gone through some [[TroubledProduction serious growing pains trying to find an audience and gain ratings and advertisers.]] Simply put, the channel was a failed exercise in OldMediaPlayingCatchUp in television channel form.
form and its death was one of the most tragic cable stories since FNN (the Financial News Network) was sold for parts to CNBC in 1992.



Then, in 2012, the final shoe dropped. With the Comcast[=/=][=NBCUniversal=] merger, G4 gained yet another new president Adam Stotsky (who works with Bonnie Hammer, who is associated with the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]]'s network decay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Munn already left in 2010 for a successful acting career). The two flagship shows, ''X-Play'' and ''Attack of the Show!'' were canceled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectively ending all G4 studio programming.
The network was to be rebranded into the Esquire Network on April 22, 2013, with ''Esquire'' magazine as the partner.

The Esquire Network went through it's own DevelopmentHell[=/=]TroubledProduction period: The date of April 22, 2013 passed and the network didn't launch yet to the lack of programming made and it's launch date was moved to later that summer. G4, by that point became a channel on a robo-feed, going through it's library of original programming, acquisitions, and year-old ''X-Play'' re-runs. Finally settling on a date of September 23, 2013, Esquire Network was set to take over G4. So then when the date arrived and after all the promotions about the Esquire Network and the firings and cancellations, G4 was replaced with... [[Film/{{UHF}} nothing!]] [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Absolutely nothing!]] It turned out that [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 [=NBCUniversal=] decided to replace Style Network instead of G4 because it had a broader carriage than G4, along with removing one duplicate network among NBCU's four women-focused networks.]] And this was announced with ''very'' little notice, so you can imagine the fury amongst Style Network's fans. And before G4 fans' hopes were raised, [=NBCUniversal=] also stated there would be no new programming for G4, leaving it to be a "zombie" channel that just looped it's own programming. [[http://xfinity.comcast.net/learn/programming/ Comcast removed G4 from all of its systems beginning in January 2014]], with several cable providers such as Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Verizon [=FiOS=], and Dish Network dropping it earlier.

Throughout 2013 and 2014, only AT&T U-Verse and a few other smaller cable providers still carried the channel to fulfill their contracts to Comcast and NBC. The syndication deals for ''Series/{{LOST}}'', ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', and ''Cops'' ended in September 2014, and the schedule primarily consisted of moldy-old episodes of ''X-Play'', the Anime/MarvelAnime shows, ''Web Soup'', and other G4 originals; all while running advertisements for the Esquire Network and direct-to-consumer ads with the loneliest phone lines in the industry. It was reported that G4 would shut down on November 30, 2014, but some companies, [=AT&T=] U-Verse being the highest profile, stuck to their contract and removed the channel the last minute of December 31, 2014. The last programming day's hours consisted of the 5-part ''The Top 100 Video Games of All Time'' special, followed by the first episode of ''X-Play'', the last show to air on the network.

The channel's final sign-off was a game of ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'' ([[BookEnds referencing when G4 launched with all-week Pong games]]) that slowly shrunk and filled with a grey color. Then, a sound clip of ''AOTS'' host Kevin Pereira shouting "I'M AT COMIC-CON!!!" was played (possibly alluding to G4 dying and going to Comic-Con i.e. "nerd heaven"), as the dot shut off like an analog TV alongside ''Pong''[='=]s end-match bloops and the Game Boy start-up chime, symbolically ending the network with a GameOver. If you wanna experience it for yourself, click [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIaPvsrUG8w right here.]]

The website [=G4TV.com=] is now a skeleton portal hosting the network schedule, a freemium game portal that's little promoted and visited, and shows the withering bones of the network's dormant social media presence. Some providers replaced the channel with sister network Cloo, while others gave the space to budding networks such as UP and Pivot. ''Series/AmericanNinjaWarrior'' is the sole survivor of G4 and airs on both Creator/{{NBC}} and Esquire Network, and is no longer produced by G4's quasi-parent company G4 Media, which now exists solely to maintain the [=TechTV=] and G4 program libraries.

And for the few G4 die-hards out there, here's some cold comfort: the [[http://www.wwd.com/media-news/fashion-memopad/petit-public-7327408?src=nl/mornReport/20131231 ratings for the Esquire Network]] are currently unable to be measured by Nielsen because they're "too low to meet its “minimum-reporting standard". This will probably eventually change, though for now the launch of the Esquire Network and death of G4 is one of the most tragic cable stories since FNN (the Financial News Network) was sold for parts to CNBC in 1992.

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Then, in 2012, the final shoe dropped. With the Comcast[=/=][=NBCUniversal=] merger, G4 gained yet another new president Adam Stotsky (who works with Bonnie Hammer, who is associated with the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]]'s network decay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Munn already left in 2010 for a successful acting career). The two flagship shows, ''X-Play'' and ''Attack of the Show!'' were canceled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectively ending all G4 studio programming.
programming. The network was to be rebranded into the Esquire Network on April 22, 2013, with ''Esquire'' magazine as the partner.

The Esquire Network went through it's own DevelopmentHell[=/=]TroubledProduction period: The date of April 22, 2013 passed and the network didn't launch yet to the lack of programming made and it's launch date was moved to later that summer. G4, by that point became a channel on a robo-feed, going through it's library of original programming, acquisitions, and year-old ''X-Play'' re-runs. Finally settling on a date of September 23, 2013, Esquire Network was set to take over G4. So then when the date arrived and after all the promotions about the Esquire Network and the promotions, firings and cancellations, G4 was replaced with... [[Film/{{UHF}} nothing!]] G4... [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Absolutely nothing!]] was replaced with absolutely nothing at all.]] It turned out that [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 [=NBCUniversal=] decided to replace Style Network instead of G4 instead, because it Style had a more broader carriage than G4, along with removing one duplicate network among and because it was too similar to NBCU's four other women-focused networks.]] And Because this was announced with ''very'' little notice, so you can imagine the fury amongst Style Network's fans. And before G4 fans' hopes But the real kicker was that, at launch, the [[http://www.wwd.com/media-news/fashion-memopad/petit-public-7327408?src=nl/mornReport/20131231 ratings for the Esquire Network]] were raised, [=NBCUniversal=] also stated there would unable to be no new programming for G4, leaving it measured by Nielsen because they were "too low to meet its “minimum-reporting standard".

With G4 left
to be a "zombie" channel that just looped it's own programming. programming, [[http://xfinity.comcast.net/learn/programming/ Comcast removed G4 from all of its systems beginning in January 2014]], with several cable providers such as Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Verizon [=FiOS=], and Dish Network dropping it earlier.

earlier. Throughout 2013 and 2014, only AT&T U-Verse and a few other smaller cable providers still carried the channel to fulfill their contracts to Comcast and NBC. The While G4 continued to air reruns and direct-to-consumer ads with the loneliest phone lines in the industry, the syndication deals for ''Series/{{LOST}}'', ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', and ''Cops'' ended in September 2014, and the schedule primarily consisted of moldy-old episodes of ''X-Play'', the Anime/MarvelAnime shows, ''Web Soup'', and other G4 originals; all while running advertisements for the Esquire Network and direct-to-consumer ads with the loneliest phone lines in the industry. 2014.

It was reported that G4 would shut down on November 30, 2014, but some companies, [=AT&T=] U-Verse being the highest profile, stuck to their contract and removed the channel the last minute of December 31, 2014. The last programming day's hours consisted of the 5-part ''The Top 100 Video Games of All Time'' special, followed by the first episode of ''X-Play'', the last show to air on the network.

The channel's final sign-off was a game of ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'' ([[BookEnds referencing when G4 launched with all-week Pong games]]) that slowly shrunk and filled with a grey color. Then, a sound clip of ''AOTS'' host Kevin Pereira shouting "I'M AT COMIC-CON!!!" was played (possibly alluding to G4 dying and going to Comic-Con i.e. "nerd heaven"), as the dot shut off like an analog TV alongside ''Pong''[='=]s end-match bloops and the Game Boy start-up chime, symbolically ending the network with a GameOver. If you wanna experience it for yourself, click [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIaPvsrUG8w right here.]]

The website [=G4TV.com=] is now a skeleton portal hosting the network schedule, a freemium game portal that's little promoted and visited, and shows the withering bones of the network's dormant social media presence. Some providers replaced the channel with sister network Cloo, while others gave the space to budding networks such as UP and Pivot. ''Series/AmericanNinjaWarrior'' is ''Series/AmericanNinjaWarrior'', the sole survivor of surviving G4 and original series, now airs on both Creator/{{NBC}} and Esquire Network, and Network. The show is no longer produced by G4's quasi-parent company G4 Media, which now exists solely to maintain the [=TechTV=] and G4 program libraries.

And for the few G4 die-hards out there, here's some cold comfort: the [[http://www.wwd.com/media-news/fashion-memopad/petit-public-7327408?src=nl/mornReport/20131231 ratings for the Esquire Network]] are currently unable to be measured by Nielsen because they're "too low to meet its “minimum-reporting standard". This will probably eventually change, though for now the launch of the Esquire Network and death of G4 is one of the most tragic cable stories since FNN (the Financial News Network) was sold for parts to CNBC in 1992.
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7th Apr '16 6:26:17 AM PF
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The Comcast-owned channel was launched on April 24, 2002 by Charles Hirschhorn. The lineup entirely consisted of gaming related shows such as ''Arena'' (featuring multi-player gaming competitions), ''[=G4TV.com=]'' (interactive talk show connected with the website), ''Cheat!'' (cheat codes and walkthroughs; think GameFAQs on TV), and reruns of ''Series/{{Starcade}}''. The channel was struggling to find viewers and get into more homes, as it wasn't available on many cable/satellite providers. The long {{Infomercial}}-like presentations of video game trailers didn't really help much, either.

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The Comcast-owned channel was launched on April 24, 2002 by Charles Hirschhorn. The lineup entirely consisted of gaming related shows such as ''Arena'' (featuring multi-player gaming competitions), ''[=G4TV.com=]'' (interactive talk show connected with the website), ''Cheat!'' (cheat codes and walkthroughs; think GameFAQs Website/{{GameFAQs}} on TV), and reruns of ''Series/{{Starcade}}''. The channel was struggling to find viewers and get into more homes, as it wasn't available on many cable/satellite providers. The long {{Infomercial}}-like presentations of video game trailers didn't really help much, either.
7th Apr '16 3:12:10 AM themisterfree
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The Comcast-owned channel was launched on April 24, 2002 by Charles Hirschhorn. The lineup entirely consisted of gaming related shows such as ''Arena'' (featuring multi-player gaming competitions), ''[=G4TV.com=]'' (interactive talk show connected with the website), and ''Cheat!'' (cheat codes and walkthroughs; think GameFAQs on TV). The channel was struggling to find viewers and get into more homes, as it wasn't available on many cable/satellite providers. The long {{Infomercial}}-like presentations of video game trailers didn't really help much, either.

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The Comcast-owned channel was launched on April 24, 2002 by Charles Hirschhorn. The lineup entirely consisted of gaming related shows such as ''Arena'' (featuring multi-player gaming competitions), ''[=G4TV.com=]'' (interactive talk show connected with the website), and ''Cheat!'' (cheat codes and walkthroughs; think GameFAQs on TV).TV), and reruns of ''Series/{{Starcade}}''. The channel was struggling to find viewers and get into more homes, as it wasn't available on many cable/satellite providers. The long {{Infomercial}}-like presentations of video game trailers didn't really help much, either.



In 2005, Neal Tiles was named the new network president. He attempted to broaden the channel's scope into a general male-oriented channel in the vein of Creator/SpikeTV. During his reign, more off-network reruns started to air such as the much-maligned ''Series/{{Cops}}'' and ''Cheaters'' repeats. However, this was also the period ''Attack of the Show!'' and ''X-Play'' hit their strides and became the flagship shows of the channel. ''Attack of the Show!'' hired a new co-host Creator/OliviaMunn, and became an Internet/pop/geek culture sensation and ''X-Play'' broadened its scope to encompass all of video game culture. ''Series/NinjaWarrior'' became the network's highest rated show. Despite all of this, there was still struggling behind the scenes. Layoffs continued to save money, the studios were relocated to same building with Creator/{{E}} and the Style Network and downsized. And then on November 1, 2010, [=DirecTV=] dropped the channel from its lineup, saying that the ratings didn't justify carrying it.[[note]][=DirecTV=] subscribers might also notice that several other networks in the Comcast/[=NBCUniversal=] umbrella had moved to higher tiers in 2012 so this might have to do with carriage fees more than anything.[[/note]] By 2012, only Fuel TV, an extreme sports network which eventually became Fox Sports 2, had lower measurable ratings than G4 among cable networks which had their ratings measured.

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In 2005, Neal Tiles was named the new network president. He attempted to broaden the channel's scope into a general male-oriented channel in the vein of Creator/SpikeTV. During his reign, more off-network reruns started to air such as the much-maligned ''Series/{{Cops}}'' and ''Cheaters'' repeats. However, this was also the period ''Attack of the Show!'' and ''X-Play'' hit their strides and became the flagship shows of the channel. ''Attack of the Show!'' hired a new co-host Creator/OliviaMunn, and became an Internet/pop/geek culture sensation and ''X-Play'' broadened its scope to encompass all of video game culture. ''WesternAnimation/CodeMonkeys'' was an 8-bit parody of the 80s and video gaming, and ''Series/NinjaWarrior'' became the network's highest rated show. Despite all of this, there was still struggling behind the scenes. Layoffs continued to save money, the studios were relocated to same building with Creator/{{E}} and the Style Network and downsized. And then on November 1, 2010, [=DirecTV=] dropped the channel from its lineup, saying that the ratings didn't justify carrying it.[[note]][=DirecTV=] subscribers might also notice that several other networks in the Comcast/[=NBCUniversal=] umbrella had moved to higher tiers in 2012 so this might have to do with carriage fees more than anything.[[/note]] By 2012, only Fuel TV, an extreme sports network which eventually became Fox Sports 2, had lower measurable ratings than G4 among cable networks which had their ratings measured.
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