History Creator / G4TV

31st Oct '17 5:27:28 AM PF
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The Comcast-owned channel was launched in April 2002 by Charles Hirschhorn. The lineup entirely consisted of gaming-related shows such as ''Arena'' (a multi-player gaming competition show), ''[=G4TV.com=]'' (an interactive talk show connected with the website), ''Cheat!'' (a show dedicated to cheat codes and walkthroughs; think Website/{{GameFAQs}} on TV), and reruns of ''Series/{{Starcade}}''. The channel struggled to find viewers and get into more homes since it was not available on numerous cable and satellite providers. In 2004, Comcast bought out [[Creator/TechTV [=TechTV=]]] (a low-rated but beloved network that focused on computers and technology), then merged the two networks into [=G4TechTV=], a move which gave G4 all of [=TechTV=]'s channel slots on the various cable carriers. The [=TechTV=] branding was flushed out in less than a year's time, with only ''Series/XPlay'' (and its hosts), ''The Screen Savers'' (which would later become ''[[Series/AttackOfTheShow Attack of the Show!]]''), and ''Unscrewed with Martin Sargent'' surviving the merger. The death of [=TechTV=] alienated the network's fans--who were, ironically enough, part of the audience that G4 had tried to reach.

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The Comcast-owned channel was launched in April 2002 by Charles Hirschhorn. The lineup entirely consisted of gaming-related shows such as ''Arena'' (a multi-player gaming competition show), ''[=G4TV.com=]'' (an interactive talk show connected with the website), ''Cheat!'' (a show dedicated to cheat codes and walkthroughs; think Website/{{GameFAQs}} on TV), and reruns of ''Series/{{Starcade}}''. The channel struggled to find viewers and get into more homes since it was not available on numerous cable and satellite providers. In 2004, Comcast bought out [[Creator/TechTV [=TechTV=]]] (a low-rated but beloved network that focused on computers and technology), then merged the two networks into [=G4TechTV=], a move which gave G4 all of [=TechTV=]'s channel slots on the various cable carriers. The [=TechTV=] branding was flushed out in less than a year's time, with only ''Series/XPlay'' (and its hosts), ''The Screen Savers'' (which would later become ''[[Series/AttackOfTheShow Attack of the Show!]]''), ''Series/AttackOfTheShow''), and ''Unscrewed with Martin Sargent'' surviving the merger. The death of [=TechTV=] alienated the network's fans--who were, ironically enough, part of the audience that G4 had tried to reach.



[=NBCUniversal=] originally set the Esquire Network's initial launch date for the 22nd of April 2013. A lack of original programming forced a delay to September 2013. The entire re-brand strategy changed when [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 [=NBCUniversal=] decided to replace Style Network instead]]--Style had broader carriage than G4, and it was too similar to NBCU's other two women-focused networks (E! and Oxygen). [[http://www.wwd.com/media-news/fashion-memopad/petit-public-7327408?src=nl/mornReport/20131231 Nielsen could not measure the initial ratings for the Esquire Network]] because said ratings were too low to meet a "minimum reporting standard". The low ratings continued, and three major television providers (Dish Network, [=AT&T=] U-Verse, and [=DirecTV=]) dropped Esquire in late 2016. [=NBCU=] announced in 2017 that it would shutter the network and relaunch it as a digital-only platform on Esquire's website; Esquire's last broadcast day was June 28.

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[=NBCUniversal=] originally set the Esquire Network's initial launch date for the 22nd of on April 22, 2013. A lack of original programming forced a delay to September 2013. The entire re-brand strategy changed when [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 [=NBCUniversal=] decided to replace Style Network instead]]--Style had broader carriage than G4, and it was too similar to NBCU's other two women-focused networks (E! and Oxygen). [[http://www.wwd.com/media-news/fashion-memopad/petit-public-7327408?src=nl/mornReport/20131231 Nielsen could not measure the initial ratings for the Esquire Network]] because said ratings were too low to meet a "minimum reporting standard". The low ratings continued, and three major television providers (Dish Network, [=AT&T=] U-Verse, and [=DirecTV=]) dropped Esquire in late 2016. [=NBCU=] announced in 2017 that it would shutter the network and relaunch it as a digital-only platform on Esquire's website; Esquire's last broadcast day was June 28.
31st Oct '17 5:26:16 AM PF
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-->--'''Adam Sessler''', [[https://youtu.be/H376pZtwg1M?list=PLWnpHOQXsPDujN8SR1vpcsgInhRGPMG_o on the demise of X-Play and G4.]]

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-->--'''Adam Sessler''', [[https://youtu.be/H376pZtwg1M?list=PLWnpHOQXsPDujN8SR1vpcsgInhRGPMG_o on the demise demise]] of X-Play ''X-Play'' and G4.]]
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31st Oct '17 5:25:45 AM PF
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''Series/AmericanNinjaWarrior'' is the sole surviving G4 original series. The show moved to Creator/{{NBC}} before G4's rebranding and ultimate demise. That show is no longer produced by G4's quasi-parent company, G4 Media, which now exists only to maintain the [=TechTV=] and G4 program libraries. In 2017, Creator/DisneyXD launched their D/XP block with content produced by former X-Play producer Wade Beckett and hosts Kevin Pereira (who produces ''WebVideo/TheAttack'', a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Attack of the Show!'') and Blair Herter. Several former ''X-Play'' staff created and produce ''Bits and Bytes'' over on Website/{{Facebook}}.

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''Series/AmericanNinjaWarrior'' is the sole surviving G4 original series. The show moved to Creator/{{NBC}} before G4's rebranding and ultimate demise. That show is no longer produced by G4's quasi-parent company, G4 Media, which now exists only to maintain the [=TechTV=] and G4 program libraries. In 2017, Creator/DisneyXD launched their D/XP block with content produced by former X-Play ''X-Play'' producer Wade Beckett and hosts Kevin Pereira (who produces ''WebVideo/TheAttack'', a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Attack of the Show!'') and Blair Herter. Several former ''X-Play'' staff created and produce ''Bits and Bytes'' over on Website/{{Facebook}}.
31st Oct '17 5:25:22 AM PF
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''Series/AmericanNinjaWarrior'' is the sole surviving G4 original series. The show moved to Creator/{{NBC}} before G4's rebranding and ultimate demise. That show is no longer produced by G4's quasi-parent company, G4 Media, which now exists only to maintain the [=TechTV=] and G4 program libraries. In 2017, Creator/DisneyXD launched their D/XP block with content produced by former X-Play producer Wade Beckett and hosts Kevin Pereira (who produces ''WebVideo/TheAttack'', a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Attack of the Show!'') and Blair Herter. Several former X-Play staff created and produce ''Bits and Bytes'' over on Website/{{Facebook}}.

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''Series/AmericanNinjaWarrior'' is the sole surviving G4 original series. The show moved to Creator/{{NBC}} before G4's rebranding and ultimate demise. That show is no longer produced by G4's quasi-parent company, G4 Media, which now exists only to maintain the [=TechTV=] and G4 program libraries. In 2017, Creator/DisneyXD launched their D/XP block with content produced by former X-Play producer Wade Beckett and hosts Kevin Pereira (who produces ''WebVideo/TheAttack'', a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Attack of the Show!'') and Blair Herter. Several former X-Play ''X-Play'' staff created and produce ''Bits and Bytes'' over on Website/{{Facebook}}.
30th Oct '17 10:30:13 PM MegaJ
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''Series/AmericanNinjaWarrior'' is the sole surviving G4 original series. The show moved to Creator/{{NBC}} before G4's rebranding and ultimate demise. That show is no longer produced by G4's quasi-parent company, G4 Media, which now exists only to maintain the [=TechTV=] and G4 program libraries. In 2017, Creator/DisneyXD launched their D/XP block with content produced by former X-Play producer Wade Beckett and hosts Kevin Pereira and Blair Herter, making the block a SpiritualSuccessor to G4. Several former X-Play staff created and produce ''Bits and Bytes'' over on Website/{{Facebook}}.

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''Series/AmericanNinjaWarrior'' is the sole surviving G4 original series. The show moved to Creator/{{NBC}} before G4's rebranding and ultimate demise. That show is no longer produced by G4's quasi-parent company, G4 Media, which now exists only to maintain the [=TechTV=] and G4 program libraries. In 2017, Creator/DisneyXD launched their D/XP block with content produced by former X-Play producer Wade Beckett and hosts Kevin Pereira and Blair Herter, making the block (who produces ''WebVideo/TheAttack'', a SpiritualSuccessor to G4.''Attack of the Show!'') and Blair Herter. Several former X-Play staff created and produce ''Bits and Bytes'' over on Website/{{Facebook}}.
29th Oct '17 1:06:48 AM C2
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[=NBCUniversal=] originally set the Esquire Network's initial launch date for the 22nd of April 2013. A lack of original programming forced a delay to September 2013. The entire re-brand strategy changed when [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 [=NBCUniversal=] decided to replace Style Network instead]]--Style had broader carriage than G4, and it was too similar to NBCU's other two women-focused networks (E! and Oxygen). [[http://www.wwd.com/media-news/fashion-memopad/petit-public-7327408?src=nl/mornReport/20131231 Nielsen could not measure the initial ratings for the Esquire Network]] because said ratings were too low to meet a "minimum reporting standard". The low ratings continued, and three major television providers (Dish Network, [=AT&T=] U-Verse, and DirecTV) dropped Esquire in late 2016. [=NBCU=] announced in 2017 that it would shutter the network and relaunch it as a digital-only platform on Esquire's website; Esquire's last broadcast day was June 28.

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[=NBCUniversal=] originally set the Esquire Network's initial launch date for the 22nd of April 2013. A lack of original programming forced a delay to September 2013. The entire re-brand strategy changed when [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 [=NBCUniversal=] decided to replace Style Network instead]]--Style had broader carriage than G4, and it was too similar to NBCU's other two women-focused networks (E! and Oxygen). [[http://www.wwd.com/media-news/fashion-memopad/petit-public-7327408?src=nl/mornReport/20131231 Nielsen could not measure the initial ratings for the Esquire Network]] because said ratings were too low to meet a "minimum reporting standard". The low ratings continued, and three major television providers (Dish Network, [=AT&T=] U-Verse, and DirecTV) [=DirecTV=]) dropped Esquire in late 2016. [=NBCU=] announced in 2017 that it would shutter the network and relaunch it as a digital-only platform on Esquire's website; Esquire's last broadcast day was June 28.
29th Oct '17 1:06:16 AM C2
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[=NBCUniversal=] originally set the Esquire Network's initial launch date for the 22nd of April 2013. A lack of original programming forced a delay to September 2013. The entire rebrand strategy changed when [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 [=NBCUniversal=] decided to replace Style Network instead]]--Style had broader carriage than G4, and it was too similar to NBCU's other two women-focused networks (E! and Oxygen). [[http://www.wwd.com/media-news/fashion-memopad/petit-public-7327408?src=nl/mornReport/20131231 Nielsen could not measure the initial ratings for the Esquire Network]] because said ratings were too low to meet a "minimum reporting standard". The low ratings continued, and three major television providers (Dish Network, [=AT&T=] U-Verse, and DirecTV) dropped Esquire in late 2016. [=NBCU=] announced in 2017 that it would shutter the network and relaunch it as a digital-only platform on Esquire's website.

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[=NBCUniversal=] originally set the Esquire Network's initial launch date for the 22nd of April 2013. A lack of original programming forced a delay to September 2013. The entire rebrand re-brand strategy changed when [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 [=NBCUniversal=] decided to replace Style Network instead]]--Style had broader carriage than G4, and it was too similar to NBCU's other two women-focused networks (E! and Oxygen). [[http://www.wwd.com/media-news/fashion-memopad/petit-public-7327408?src=nl/mornReport/20131231 Nielsen could not measure the initial ratings for the Esquire Network]] because said ratings were too low to meet a "minimum reporting standard". The low ratings continued, and three major television providers (Dish Network, [=AT&T=] U-Verse, and DirecTV) dropped Esquire in late 2016. [=NBCU=] announced in 2017 that it would shutter the network and relaunch it as a digital-only platform on Esquire's website.
website; Esquire's last broadcast day was June 28.
21st Sep '17 3:34:00 PM MegaJ
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In 2012, Comcast finalized a merger with [=NBCUniversal=], and G4 gained a new network president in Adam Stotsky, who came in with plans to completely rebrand the channel. Long-time G4 personalities Adam Sessler (''X-Play'') and Kevin Periera (''Attack of the Show'') left the network admist the rumors of rebranding. (Munn had left in 2010 to pursue what would become a successful acting career.) Those two flagship shows were cancelled; they ended their runs on the 23rd of January 2013, which ended all G4 studio programming. Stotsky planned to rebrand G4 as "The Esquire Network" as part of a partnership with pop culture magazine ''Esquire''. When the time came for the network's re-launch, G4 was replaced with...[[ScrewedByTheNetwork nothing!]] [[Film/{{UHF}} Absolutely nothing]]!

[=NBCUniversal=] originally set the Esquire Network's initial launch date for the 22nd of April 2013. A lack of original programming forced a delay to September 2013. The entire rebrand strategy eventually changed when [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 [=NBCUniversal=] decided to replace Style Network instead]]--Style had broader carriage than G4, and it was too similar to NBCU's other two women-focused networks (E! and Oxygen). [[http://www.wwd.com/media-news/fashion-memopad/petit-public-7327408?src=nl/mornReport/20131231 Nielsen could not measure the initial ratings for the Esquire Network]] because said ratings were too low to meet a "minimum reporting standard". Three major satellite carriers (Dish Network, [=AT&T=] U-Verse, and DirecTV) dropped Esquire in late 2016, and [=NBCU=] announced in 2017 that it would shutter the network and relaunch it as a digital-only platform on Esquire's website.

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In 2012, Comcast finalized a merger with [=NBCUniversal=], and G4 gained a new network president in Adam Stotsky, who came in with plans to completely rebrand the channel. Long-time G4 personalities Adam Sessler (''X-Play'') and Kevin Periera (''Attack of the Show'') left the network admist the rumors of rebranding. (Munn had left in 2010 to pursue what would become a successful acting career.) Those two flagship shows were cancelled; they ended their runs on the 23rd of January 2013, which ended all G4 studio programming. Stotsky planned to rebrand G4 as "The Esquire Network" as part of a partnership with pop culture magazine ''Esquire''. When the time came for the network's re-launch, G4 was replaced with...[[ScrewedByTheNetwork [[AllForNothing nothing!]] [[Film/{{UHF}} Absolutely nothing]]!

[=NBCUniversal=] originally set the Esquire Network's initial launch date for the 22nd of April 2013. A lack of original programming forced a delay to September 2013. The entire rebrand strategy eventually changed when [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 [=NBCUniversal=] decided to replace Style Network instead]]--Style had broader carriage than G4, and it was too similar to NBCU's other two women-focused networks (E! and Oxygen). [[http://www.wwd.com/media-news/fashion-memopad/petit-public-7327408?src=nl/mornReport/20131231 Nielsen could not measure the initial ratings for the Esquire Network]] because said ratings were too low to meet a "minimum reporting standard". Three The low ratings continued, and three major satellite carriers television providers (Dish Network, [=AT&T=] U-Verse, and DirecTV) dropped Esquire in late 2016, and 2016. [=NBCU=] announced in 2017 that it would shutter the network and relaunch it as a digital-only platform on Esquire's website.



''Series/AmericanNinjaWarrior'' is the sole surviving G4 original series. The show moved to Creator/{{NBC}} before G4's rebranding and ultimate demise. That show is no longer produced by G4's quasi-parent company, G4 Media, which now exists only to maintain the [=TechTV=] and G4 program libraries. In 2017, Creator/DisneyXD launched their D/XP block with content produced by former X-Play producer Wade Beckett and hosts Kevin Pereira and Blair Herter, making the block a SpiritualSuccessor to G4.

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''Series/AmericanNinjaWarrior'' is the sole surviving G4 original series. The show moved to Creator/{{NBC}} before G4's rebranding and ultimate demise. That show is no longer produced by G4's quasi-parent company, G4 Media, which now exists only to maintain the [=TechTV=] and G4 program libraries. In 2017, Creator/DisneyXD launched their D/XP block with content produced by former X-Play producer Wade Beckett and hosts Kevin Pereira and Blair Herter, making the block a SpiritualSuccessor to G4. Several former X-Play staff created and produce ''Bits and Bytes'' over on Website/{{Facebook}}.
1st Sep '17 6:19:42 AM jormis29
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Comcast removed G4 from all Comcast systems starting in January 2014, following the lead of the several cable providers that had dropped it earlier. Throughout 2013 and 2014, only [=AT&T=] U-Verse and a few other small cable providers carried the channel to fulfill contracts with Comcast and NBC--right up to the last minute of the 31st of December 2014. G4's last hours consisted of the five-part ''The Top 100 Video Games of All Time'' special and the first episode of ''X-Play.'' The network signed off with a game of ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'' ([[BookEnds referencing when G4 launched with all-week]] ''Pong'' games) that slowly shrunk and filled with a grey color, followed by a sound clip of Kevin Pereira shouting "I'M AT COMIC-CON!!!" (a possible allusion to G4 dying and going to "nerd heaven") as the dot shut off like an analog TV alongside ''Donkey Kong''[='=]s death bloops from the Atari 2600 and the Game Boy start-up chime. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIaPvsrUG8w You can see G4's symbolic "Game Over" for yourself on YouTube.]]

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Comcast removed G4 from all Comcast systems starting in January 2014, following the lead of the several cable providers that had dropped it earlier. Throughout 2013 and 2014, only [=AT&T=] U-Verse and a few other small cable providers carried the channel to fulfill contracts with Comcast and NBC--right up to the last minute of the 31st of December 2014. G4's last hours consisted of the five-part ''The Top 100 Video Games of All Time'' special and the first episode of ''X-Play.'' The network signed off with a game of ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'' ([[BookEnds referencing when G4 launched with all-week]] ''Pong'' games) that slowly shrunk and filled with a grey color, followed by a sound clip of Kevin Pereira Creator/KevinPereira shouting "I'M AT COMIC-CON!!!" (a possible allusion to G4 dying and going to "nerd heaven") as the dot shut off like an analog TV alongside ''Donkey Kong''[='=]s death bloops from the Atari 2600 and the Game Boy start-up chime. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIaPvsrUG8w You can see G4's symbolic "Game Over" for yourself on YouTube.]]
26th Jul '17 10:37:26 PM MegaJ
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And yes, the irony of G4 being ended due to no one watching video games on TV, only for a few short years later eSports finally breaking through to old media TV stations in search of content and ratings has been lost on no one.
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