G4tech TV (May 28, 2004 – February 15, 2005) was a cable and satellite
channel resulting from a merger between Comcast-owned G4 and TechTV. The
headquarters were based in Los Angeles. The merger is now seen to be
non-existent, as the name changed back to G4 on February 15, 2005 in the
If you are looking for the website of G4tech TV, please visit
www.g4tv.com or www.g4techtv.com or www.g4techtv.ca
G4 and TechTV merger
On March 25, 2004, Comcast announced its plans to purchase TechTV, a channel
devoted to computers and technology. The purchase was completed on May 10,
2004, allowing Comcast to merge their G4 station with the newly acquired
TechTV, resulting in G4tech TV. G4tech TV officially launched in the United
States and Canada on May 28, 2004.
G4techTV kept shows from TechTV, such as The Screen Savers, as well as shows
previously on G4, such as The Electric Playground. The merger caused one of
TechTV's most prominent personalities, Leo Laporte, to leave the channel
because of a contract dispute. Laporte had been the host of Call for Help, a
call-in help show, which was cut after the merger. A new Call for Help
series hosted by Leo Laporte began airing on G4tech TV Canada, the Canadian
affiliate of G4tech TV, on August 16, 2004.
On November 11, 2004, G4tech TV announced that many of its employees,
including Alex Albrecht, Dan Huard, and Yoshi DeHerrera, were terminated.
This came as a shock to many, and outrage and anger were expressed on the
G4tech TV forums. G4tech TV also announced the cancellation of its late
night variety show, Unscrewed with Martin Sargent. The show's host and
supporting staff were terminated.
On February 15, 2005, less than a year after the merger, TechTV was
officially dropped from the network's name. The channel is once again called
G4 with the new subtitle videogame TV.
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