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15th Oct '13 6:08:22 PM Antwan
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-> '''Zodd:''' ''Don't you think we can do a little better than DTV?''
-> '''Phil:''' ''Why, what's wrong with DTV? It's television for demons, we're demons -- it's perfect.''
-> '''Zodd:''' ''Yeah, but you know how these specialty cable networks are: they start out real good, but then they lose their focus and things go downhill real quick. [[NetworkDecay Just look at what happened to G4!]]''
-->-- ''WebVideo/BerserkAbridged''

'''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 is the trope OldMediaPlayingCatchUp in television channel form.

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.

In 2004, Comcast bought out 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 ''{{X-Play}}'' and its hosts, ''The Screen Savers'' (which would later become ''[[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 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 OliviaMunn, and became an Internet/pop/geek culture sensation and ''X-Play'' broadened its scope to encompass all of video game culture. ''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 {{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]]

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 SciFiChannel's network decay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Munn already left in 2010). The two flagship shows, ''X-Play'' and ''Attack of the Show!'' were cancelled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectly ending all G4 studio programming. The network was be rebranded into the Esquire Network on September 23, 2013, with ''Esquire'' magazine as the partner. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/business/media/in-venture-with-nbc-esquire-expands-into-television.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1& The new network will be a more upscale men's network]], and focus more on cooking, travel and fashion. So time passed and the Big Day arrived, G4 was no more and it was replaced with...[[Film/{{UHF}} Nothing!]] [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Absolutely Nothing!]] Because it turned out [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 NBCUniversal decided to use Esquire to replace Style instead of G4]]. [[http://xfinity.comcast.net/learn/programming/ Comcast will cease G4 distribution in January 2014.]] So essentially they tossed aside one and a half channels or in layman's terms... They wasted a perfectly good network.

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-> '''Zodd:''' ''Don't you think we can do a little better than DTV?''
-> '''Phil:''' ''Why, what's wrong with DTV? It's television for demons, we're demons -- it's perfect.''
-> '''Zodd:''' ''Yeah, but you know how these specialty cable networks are: they start out real good, but then they lose their focus and things go downhill real quick. [[NetworkDecay Just look at what happened to G4!]]''
-->-- ''WebVideo/BerserkAbridged''

'''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 is the trope OldMediaPlayingCatchUp in television channel form.

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.

In 2004, Comcast bought out 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 ''{{X-Play}}'' and its hosts, ''The Screen Savers'' (which would later become ''[[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 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 OliviaMunn, and became an Internet/pop/geek culture sensation and ''X-Play'' broadened its scope to encompass all of video game culture. ''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 {{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]]

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 SciFiChannel's network decay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Munn already left in 2010). The two flagship shows, ''X-Play'' and ''Attack of the Show!'' were cancelled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectly ending all G4 studio programming. The network was be rebranded into the Esquire Network on September 23, 2013, with ''Esquire'' magazine as the partner. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/business/media/in-venture-with-nbc-esquire-expands-into-television.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1& The new network will be a more upscale men's network]], and focus more on cooking, travel and fashion. So time passed and the Big Day arrived, G4 was no more and it was replaced with...[[Film/{{UHF}} Nothing!]] [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Absolutely Nothing!]] Because it turned out [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 NBCUniversal decided to use Esquire to replace Style instead of G4]]. [[http://xfinity.comcast.net/learn/programming/ Comcast will cease G4 distribution in January 2014.]] So essentially they tossed aside one and a half channels or in layman's terms... They wasted a perfectly good network.
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15th Oct '13 9:37:17 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 SciFiChannel's network decay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Munn already left in 2010). The two flagship shows, ''X-Play'' and ''Attack of the Show!'' were cancelled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectly ending all G4 studio programming. The network was be rebranded into the Esquire Network on September 23, 2013, with ''Esquire'' magazine as the partner. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/business/media/in-venture-with-nbc-esquire-expands-into-television.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1& The new network will be a more upscale men's network]], and focus more on cooking, travel and fashion. So time passed and the Big Day arrived, G4 was no more and it was replaced with...[[Film/UHF Nothing!]] [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Absolutely Nothing!]] Because it turned out [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 NBCUniversal decided to use Esquire to replace Style instead of G4]]. So essentially they tossed aside one and a half channels or in layman's terms... They wasted a perfectly good network.

to:

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 SciFiChannel's network decay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Munn already left in 2010). The two flagship shows, ''X-Play'' and ''Attack of the Show!'' were cancelled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectly ending all G4 studio programming. The network was be rebranded into the Esquire Network on September 23, 2013, with ''Esquire'' magazine as the partner. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/business/media/in-venture-with-nbc-esquire-expands-into-television.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1& The new network will be a more upscale men's network]], and focus more on cooking, travel and fashion. So time passed and the Big Day arrived, G4 was no more and it was replaced with...[[Film/UHF [[Film/{{UHF}} Nothing!]] [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Absolutely Nothing!]] Because it turned out [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 NBCUniversal decided to use Esquire to replace Style instead of G4]]. [[http://xfinity.comcast.net/learn/programming/ Comcast will cease G4 distribution in January 2014.]] So essentially they tossed aside one and a half channels or in layman's terms... They wasted a perfectly good network.
9th Oct '13 3:31:15 PM THiNCRUSTInfinity
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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 SciFiChannel's network decay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Munn already left in 2010). The two flagship shows, ''X-Play'' and ''Attack of the Show!'' were cancelled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectly ending all G4 studio programming. The network was be rebranded into the Esquire Network on September 23, 2013, with ''Esquire'' magazine as the partner. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/business/media/in-venture-with-nbc-esquire-expands-into-television.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1& The new network will be a more upscale men's network]], and focus more on cooking, travel and fashion. So time passed and the Big Day arrived, G4 was no more and it was replaced with...[[UHF Nothing!]] [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Absolutely Nothing!]] Because it turned out [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 NBCUniversal decided to use Esquire to replace Style instead of G4]]. So essentially they tossed aside one and a half channels or in layman's terms... They wasted a perfectly good network.

to:

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 SciFiChannel's network decay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Munn already left in 2010). The two flagship shows, ''X-Play'' and ''Attack of the Show!'' were cancelled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectly ending all G4 studio programming. The network was be rebranded into the Esquire Network on September 23, 2013, with ''Esquire'' magazine as the partner. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/business/media/in-venture-with-nbc-esquire-expands-into-television.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1& The new network will be a more upscale men's network]], and focus more on cooking, travel and fashion. So time passed and the Big Day arrived, G4 was no more and it was replaced with...[[UHF [[Film/UHF Nothing!]] [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Absolutely Nothing!]] Because it turned out [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 NBCUniversal decided to use Esquire to replace Style instead of G4]]. So essentially they tossed aside one and a half channels or in layman's terms... They wasted a perfectly good network.
9th Oct '13 3:30:38 PM THiNCRUSTInfinity
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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 SciFiChannel's network decay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Munn already left in 2010). The two flagship shows, ''X-Play'' and ''Attack of the Show!'' were cancelled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectly ending all G4 studio programming. The network was be rebranded into the Esquire Network on September 23, 2013, with ''Esquire'' magazine as the partner. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/business/media/in-venture-with-nbc-esquire-expands-into-television.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1& The new network will be a more upscale men's network]], and focus more on cooking, travel and fashion...[[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 until NBCUniversal made the surprising decision to rebrand the Style Network as the Esquire Network in September 2013]]. G4 will continue, despite not having any new programming planned for the future.

to:

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 SciFiChannel's network decay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Munn already left in 2010). The two flagship shows, ''X-Play'' and ''Attack of the Show!'' were cancelled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectly ending all G4 studio programming. The network was be rebranded into the Esquire Network on September 23, 2013, with ''Esquire'' magazine as the partner. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/business/media/in-venture-with-nbc-esquire-expands-into-television.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1& The new network will be a more upscale men's network]], and focus more on cooking, travel and fashion...fashion. So time passed and the Big Day arrived, G4 was no more and it was replaced with...[[UHF Nothing!]] [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Absolutely Nothing!]] Because it turned out [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 until NBCUniversal made the surprising decision decided to rebrand the Style Network as the use Esquire Network to replace Style instead of G4]]. So essentially they tossed aside one and a half channels or in September 2013]]. G4 will continue, despite not having any new programming planned for the future.layman's terms... They wasted a perfectly good network.
9th Sep '13 3:25:26 PM MegaJ
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In 2004, Comcast bought out 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 ''{{X-Play}}'' and its hosts, ''The Screen Savers'' (which would later become ''[[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.

to:

In 2004, Comcast bought out 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 ''{{X-Play}}'' and its hosts, ''The Screen Savers'' (which would later become ''[[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. \n Despite the huge amounts of change and upheaval, the network still managed to have a dedicated fanbase for the original G4 programming and personalities.



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 SciFiChannel's network decay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Munn already left in 2010). The two flagship shows, ''X-Play'' and ''Attack of the Show!'' were cancelled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectly ending all G4 studio programming. The network will be rebranded into the Esquire Network on September 23, 2013, with ''Esquire'' magazine as the partner. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/business/media/in-venture-with-nbc-esquire-expands-into-television.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1& The new network will be a more upscale men's network]], and focus more on cooking, travel and fashion. However, [[TheArtifact video games will still be a focus for the new network.]] Despite the huge amounts of change and upheaval, the network still managed to have a dedicated fanbase for the original G4 programming and personalities.

to:

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 SciFiChannel's network decay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Munn already left in 2010). The two flagship shows, ''X-Play'' and ''Attack of the Show!'' were cancelled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectly ending all G4 studio programming. The network will was be rebranded into the Esquire Network on September 23, 2013, with ''Esquire'' magazine as the partner. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/business/media/in-venture-with-nbc-esquire-expands-into-television.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1& The new network will be a more upscale men's network]], and focus more on cooking, travel and fashion. However, [[TheArtifact video games fashion...[[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcu-switch-up-esquire-network-624127 until NBCUniversal made the surprising decision to rebrand the Style Network as the Esquire Network in September 2013]]. G4 will still be a focus for the continue, despite not having any new network.]] Despite the huge amounts of change and upheaval, the network still managed to have a dedicated fanbase for the original G4 programming and personalities.planned for the future.
11th Aug '13 2:34:55 PM PF
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The Comcast-owned channel was launched on April 24, 2002 with then 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.

In 2004, Comcast bought out 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 ''{{X-Play}}'' and it's hosts, ''The Screen Savers'' (which would later become ''[[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.

In 2005, Neal Tiles was named new network president who attempted to broaden the channel's scope into a general male-oriented channel in the vein of 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 OliviaMunn, and became an Internet/pop/geek culture love fest and ''X-Play'' broadened it's scope to encompass all of video game culture. ''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 {{E}}! and the Style Network and downsized. And then on November 1, 2010, [=DirecTV=] dropped the channel from it's 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 have moved to higher tiers in 2012 so this might have to do with carriage fees more than anything.[[/note]]

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 SciFiChannel's network decay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Olivia Munn already left in 2010). The two flagship shows, ''X-Play'' and ''Attack of the Show!'' were cancelled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectly ending all G4 studio programming. The network will be rebranded into the Esquire Network on September 23, 2013, with ''Esquire'' magazine as the partner. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/business/media/in-venture-with-nbc-esquire-expands-into-television.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1& The new network will be a more upscale men's network]], and focus more on cooking, travel and fashion. However, [[TheArtifact video games will still be a focus for the new network.]] Despite the huge amounts of change and upheaval, the network still managed to have a dedicated fanbase for the original G4 programming and personalities.

to:

The Comcast-owned channel was launched on April 24, 2002 with then 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.

In 2004, Comcast bought out 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 ''{{X-Play}}'' and it's its hosts, ''The Screen Savers'' (which would later become ''[[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.

In 2005, Neal Tiles was named the new network president who president. He attempted to broaden the channel's scope into a general male-oriented channel in the vein of 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 OliviaMunn, and became an Internet/pop/geek culture love fest sensation and ''X-Play'' broadened it's its scope to encompass all of video game culture. ''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 {{E}}! and the Style Network and downsized. And then on November 1, 2010, [=DirecTV=] dropped the channel from it's 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 have had moved to higher tiers in 2012 so this might have to do with carriage fees more than anything.[[/note]]

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 SciFiChannel's network decay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Olivia Munn (Munn already left in 2010). The two flagship shows, ''X-Play'' and ''Attack of the Show!'' were cancelled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectly ending all G4 studio programming. The network will be rebranded into the Esquire Network on September 23, 2013, with ''Esquire'' magazine as the partner. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/business/media/in-venture-with-nbc-esquire-expands-into-television.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1& The new network will be a more upscale men's network]], and focus more on cooking, travel and fashion. However, [[TheArtifact video games will still be a focus for the new network.]] Despite the huge amounts of change and upheaval, the network still managed to have a dedicated fanbase for the original G4 programming and personalities.
4th Aug '13 11:50:36 AM PF
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G4TV was a television network known for its focus on VideoGames and geek culture, and infamously associated with NetworkDecay. Since the inception of the network, it has gone through some [[TroubledProduction serious growing pains trying to find an audience and gain ratings and advertisers.]] Simply put, the channel is the trope OldMediaPlayingCatchUp in television channel form.

The Comcast-owned channel was launched on April 24, 2002 with then 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.

In 2004, Comcast bought out TechTV (a low-rated, but widely loved 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 ''XPlay'' and it's hosts, ''The Screen Savers'' (which would later become ''AttackOfTheShow''), 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.

In 2005, Neal Tiles was named new network president who attempted to broaden the channel's scope into a general male-oriented channel in the vein of 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 AttackOfTheShow and {{X-Play}} hit their strides and became the flagship shows of the channel. AttackOfTheShow hired a new co-host OliviaMunn, and became an internet/pop/geek culture love fest and {{X-Play}} broadened it's scope to encompass all of video game culture. 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 {{E}}! and the Style network and downsized. And then on November 1, 2010, [=DirecTV=] dropped the channel from it's 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 have moved to higher tiers in 2012 so this major have to do with carriage fees more than anything.[[/note]]

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 SciFiChannel's NetworkDecay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Olivia Munn already left in 2010). The two flagship shows, XPlay and AttackOfTheShow were canceled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectly ending all G4 studio programming. The network will be rebranded into the Esquire Network on September 23, 2013, with Esquire Magazine as the partner. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/business/media/in-venture-with-nbc-esquire-expands-into-television.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1& The new network will be a more upscale men's network]], and focus more on cooking, travel and fashion. However, [[TheArtifact video games will still be a focus for the new network]]. Despite the huge amounts of change and upheaval, the network still managed to have a dedicated fanbase for the original G4 programming and personalities.

And before anyone asks, the name of the channel "G4" [[WordSaladTitle is not an acronym or means anything]]. Charles Hirschhorn picked the name only due to the fact it was an open domain on the internet.

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G4TV '''G4''' (also known as '''[=G4TV=]''') was a television network known for its focus on VideoGames [[VideoGames video games]] and geek culture, and infamously associated with NetworkDecay. [[NetworkDecay network decay]]. Since the inception of the network, it has had gone through some [[TroubledProduction serious growing pains trying to find an audience and gain ratings and advertisers.]] Simply put, the channel is the trope OldMediaPlayingCatchUp in television channel form.

The Comcast-owned channel was launched on April 24, 2002 with then Charles Hirschhorn. The lineup entirely consisted of gaming related shows such as ''Arena'' (featuring multi-player gaming competitions), ''[=G4TV.Com=]'' 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.

In 2004, Comcast bought out TechTV (a low-rated, but widely loved beloved technology/computer based channel) and "merged" merged the channels into [=G4TechTV=], gaining TechTV's [=TechTV=]'s channel slots on different providers. Much of the TechTV [=TechTV=] identity and brand was flushed out, saved for ''XPlay'' ''{{X-Play}}'' and it's hosts, ''The Screen Savers'' (which would later become ''AttackOfTheShow''), ''[[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 [=TechTV=] fans and much of the audience the channel was aimed towards.

In 2005, Neal Tiles was named new network president who attempted to broaden the channel's scope into a general male-oriented channel in the vein of SpikeTV. During his reign, more off-network reruns started to air such as the much-maligned Series/{{Cops}} ''Series/{{Cops}}'' and Cheaters ''Cheaters'' repeats. However, this was also the period AttackOfTheShow ''Attack of the Show!'' and {{X-Play}} ''X-Play'' hit their strides and became the flagship shows of the channel. AttackOfTheShow ''Attack of the Show!'' hired a new co-host OliviaMunn, and became an internet/pop/geek Internet/pop/geek culture love fest and {{X-Play}} ''X-Play'' broadened it's scope to encompass all of video game culture. NinjaWarrior ''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 {{E}}! and the Style network Network and downsized. And then on November 1, 2010, [=DirecTV=] dropped the channel from it's 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 have moved to higher tiers in 2012 so this major might have to do with carriage fees more than anything.[[/note]]

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 SciFiChannel's NetworkDecay).network decay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Olivia Munn already left in 2010). The two flagship shows, XPlay ''X-Play'' and AttackOfTheShow ''Attack of the Show!'' were canceled cancelled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectly ending all G4 studio programming. The network will be rebranded into the Esquire Network on September 23, 2013, with Esquire Magazine ''Esquire'' magazine as the partner. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/business/media/in-venture-with-nbc-esquire-expands-into-television.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1& The new network will be a more upscale men's network]], and focus more on cooking, travel and fashion. However, [[TheArtifact video games will still be a focus for the new network]]. network.]] Despite the huge amounts of change and upheaval, the network still managed to have a dedicated fanbase for the original G4 programming and personalities.

And before anyone asks, the name of the channel "G4" [[WordSaladTitle is not an acronym or means anything]]. Charles Hirschhorn picked the name only due to the fact it was an open domain on the internet.
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G4TV was a television network known for it's focus on VideoGames and geek culture, and infamously associated with NetworkDecay. Since the inception of the network, it has gone through some [[TroubledProduction serious growing pains trying to find an audience and gain ratings and advertisers.]] Simply put, the channel is the trope OldMediaPlayingCatchUp in television channel form.

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G4TV was a television network known for it's its focus on VideoGames and geek culture, and infamously associated with NetworkDecay. Since the inception of the network, it has gone through some [[TroubledProduction serious growing pains trying to find an audience and gain ratings and advertisers.]] Simply put, the channel is the trope OldMediaPlayingCatchUp in television channel form.
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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 SciFiChannel's NetworkDecay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Olivia Munn already left in 2010). The two flagship shows, XPlay and AttackOfTheShow were canceled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectly ending all G4 studio programming. The network will be rebranded into the Esquire Network sometime in summer 2013, with Esquire Magazine as the partner. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/business/media/in-venture-with-nbc-esquire-expands-into-television.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1& The new network will be a more upscale men's network]], and focus more on cooking, travel and fashion. However, [[TheArtifact video games will still be a focus for the new network]]. Despite the huge amounts of change and upheaval, the network still managed to have a dedicated fanbase for the original G4 programming and personalities.

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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 SciFiChannel's NetworkDecay). Adam Sessler and Kevin Periera, two long time hosts, left the network (Olivia Munn already left in 2010). The two flagship shows, XPlay and AttackOfTheShow were canceled and ended their runs on January 23, 2013, effectly ending all G4 studio programming. The network will be rebranded into the Esquire Network sometime in summer on September 23, 2013, with Esquire Magazine as the partner. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/business/media/in-venture-with-nbc-esquire-expands-into-television.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1& The new network will be a more upscale men's network]], and focus more on cooking, travel and fashion. However, [[TheArtifact video games will still be a focus for the new network]]. Despite the huge amounts of change and upheaval, the network still managed to have a dedicated fanbase for the original G4 programming and personalities.
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