History Creator / G4TV

4th Feb '17 6:47:48 AM MarcoPolo250
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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 came in with plans to completely rebrand the channel. 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 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. But when the time came for the network's launch, G4...was replaced with [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Nothing!]] [[Film/{{UHF}} Absolutely nothing]]! It was decided that Esquire Network would take over the Style Network's channel space, which was available in more households. G4 was left as is, while Style Network fans were left infuriated.

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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 came in with plans to completely rebrand the channel. 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 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. But when the time came for the network's launch, G4...was replaced with [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Nothing!]] [[Film/{{UHF}} Absolutely nothing]]! It was decided that Esquire Network would take over the Style Network's channel space, which was available in more households. G4 was left as is, while Style Network fans were left infuriated.
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3rd Feb '17 1:37:45 PM MarcoPolo250
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The website [=G4TV.com=] is now a skeleton portal hosting the network schedule, a freemium game portal, and the network's dormant social media presence. [[http://www.syfygames.com/news Syfy's freemium gaming website started a news and videos section with the G4 branding]], but it is presumed it was used for trademark purposes. ''Series/AmericanNinjaWarrior'', the sole surviving G4 original series, now airs on Creator/{{NBC}}. 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.

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The website [=G4TV.com=] is now a skeleton portal hosting the network schedule, a freemium game portal, and the network's dormant social media presence. [[http://www.syfygames.com/news Syfy's freemium gaming website started a news and videos section with the G4 branding]], but it is presumed it was used for trademark purposes. ''Series/AmericanNinjaWarrior'', the sole surviving G4 original series, now airs on Creator/{{NBC}}. 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.
3rd Feb '17 1:36:39 PM MarcoPolo250
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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 came in with plans to completely rebrand the channel. 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 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.

The Esquire Network went through its own DevelopmentHell[=/=]TroubledProduction period. The channel's initial launch date was April 22, 2013, but due to the lack of original programming made, that date was moved to September 23, 2013. 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. 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 initial ratings for the Esquire Network]] were unable to be measured by Nielsen because they were "too low to meet its “minimum-reporting standard,". In the end, Dish Network, [=AT&T=] U-Verse, and DirecTV dropped the network in late 2016, and it was announced in 2017 that Esquire Network would be shuttered completely by NBCU and relaunch as a digital-only platform on Esquire's website.

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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 came in with plans to completely rebrand the channel. 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 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 But when the time came for the network's launch, G4...was replaced with [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Nothing!]] [[Film/{{UHF}} Absolutely nothing]]! It was decided that Esquire Network would take over the Style Network's channel space, leaving which was available in more households. G4 was left as a "zombie" channel that just looped its own programming and direct-to-consumer ads with the loneliest phone lines in the industry.is, while Style Network fans were left infuriated.

The Esquire Network went through its own DevelopmentHell[=/=]TroubledProduction period. The channel's initial launch date was April 22, 2013, but due to the lack of original programming made, that date was moved to September 23, 2013. 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. 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 initial ratings for the Esquire Network]] were unable to be measured by Nielsen because they were "too low to meet its “minimum-reporting standard,". In the end, Dish Network, [=AT&T=] U-Verse, and DirecTV dropped the network in late 2016, and it was announced in 2017 that Esquire Network would be shuttered completely by NBCU and relaunch as a digital-only platform on Esquire's website.
3rd Feb '17 1:23:59 PM MarcoPolo250
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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 came in with plans to completely rebrand the channel. 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 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. Comcast removed G4 from all of its systems beginning January 2014, with several cable providers 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. 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 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 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. 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, and in 2017 the channel was shuttered completely by NBCU and now only exists as a digital-only platform on Esquire's website.

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. [[http://www.syfygames.com/news Syfy's freemium gaming website started a news and videos section with the G4 branding]], but it is presumed it was used for trademark purposes. ''Series/AmericanNinjaWarrior'', the sole surviving G4 original series, now airs on Creator/{{NBC}}. 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.

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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 came in with plans to completely rebrand the channel. 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 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.

The Esquire Network went through its own DevelopmentHell[=/=]TroubledProduction period. The channel's initial launch date was April 22, 2013, but due to the lack of original programming made, that date was moved to September 23, 2013. 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. 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 initial ratings for the Esquire Network]] were unable to be measured by Nielsen because they were "too low to meet its “minimum-reporting standard,". In the end, Dish Network, [=AT&T=] U-Verse, and DirecTV dropped the network in late 2016, and it was announced in 2017 that Esquire Network would be shuttered completely by NBCU and relaunch as a digital-only platform on Esquire's website.

Meanwhile,
Comcast removed G4 from all of its systems beginning January 2014, with several cable providers 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. 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 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 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. 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, and in 2017 the channel was shuttered completely by NBCU and now only exists as a digital-only platform on Esquire's website.

The website [=G4TV.com=] is now a skeleton portal hosting the network schedule, a freemium game portal that's little promoted portal, and visited, and shows the withering bones of the network's dormant social media presence. [[http://www.syfygames.com/news Syfy's freemium gaming website started a news and videos section with the G4 branding]], but it is presumed it was used for trademark purposes. ''Series/AmericanNinjaWarrior'', the sole surviving G4 original series, now airs on Creator/{{NBC}}. 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.
21st Jan '17 3:03:47 PM MegaJ
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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 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.

In 2004, Comcast bought out [[Creator/TechTV [=TechTV=]]] (a low-rated, but beloved technology/computer based channel) and merged the channels into [=G4TechTV=], gaining [=TechTV=]'s channel slots on different providers. Much of the [=TechTV=] identity and brand was flushed out, saved for ''Series/XPlay'' and its hosts, ''The Screen Savers'' (which would later become ''[[Series/AttackOfTheShow Attack of the Show!]]''), and ''Unscrewed with Martin Sargent''. The merger lasted less than a year before the channel was changed back into G4, but not without gaining infamy with the [=TechTV=] fans and much of the audience the channel was aimed towards. Despite the huge amounts of change and upheaval, the network still managed to have a dedicated fanbase for the original G4 programming and personalities.

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.

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 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.

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.]]

The Esquire Network went through 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, and in 2017 the channel was shuttered completely by NBCU and now only exists as a digital-only platform.

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'', the sole surviving G4 original series, now airs on both Creator/{{NBC}} and Esquire 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.

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. 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.

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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 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.

In 2004, Comcast bought out [[Creator/TechTV [=TechTV=]]] (a low-rated, but beloved technology/computer based channel) and merged the channels into [=G4TechTV=], gaining [=TechTV=]'s channel slots on different providers. Much of the [=TechTV=] identity and brand was flushed out, saved for ''Series/XPlay'' and its hosts, ''The Screen Savers'' (which would later become ''[[Series/AttackOfTheShow Attack of the Show!]]''), and ''Unscrewed with Martin Sargent''. The merger lasted less than a year before the channel was changed back into G4, but not without gaining infamy with the [=TechTV=] fans and much of the audience the channel was aimed towards. Despite the huge amounts of change and upheaval, the network still managed to have a dedicated fanbase for the original G4 programming and personalities.\n\n

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. The network managed to have a dedicated fanbase for the original G4 programming and personalities. 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.



Then, in 2012, the final shoe dropped. With the Comcast[=/=][=NBCUniversal=] merger, G4 gained yet another new president Adam Stotsky (who works Stotsky, who came in with Bonnie Hammer, who is associated with plans to completely rebrand the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]]'s network decay).channel. 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 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]], 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.

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. ''X-Play.'' 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 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, and in 2017 the channel was shuttered completely by NBCU and now only exists as a digital-only platform.

platform on Esquire's website.

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'', the sole surviving G4 original series, now airs on both Creator/{{NBC}} and Esquire 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.

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. Although it's probably done branding]], but it is presumed it was used for trademark reasons, purposes. ''Series/AmericanNinjaWarrior'', the fact [=NBCUniversal=] sole surviving G4 original series, now airs on Creator/{{NBC}}. The show is still using no longer produced by G4's quasi-parent company G4 Media, which now exists solely to maintain the [=TechTV=] and G4 name for new content is a small reassurance for the channel's fans.
program libraries.
20th Jan '17 7:11:39 PM MegaJ
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The Esquire Network went through 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 its future very much in doubt.

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The Esquire Network went through 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 its future very much and in doubt.
2017 the channel was shuttered completely by NBCU and now only exists as a digital-only platform.
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.

to:

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.

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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".

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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.
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