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MacNut
Feb 16, 2005, 01:03 AM
As of February, 15 G4TechTV has become G4TV once again. So for anyone who cares or was still watching and I don't think that many were. The Screen Savers may also end on Wednesday.

jadam
Feb 16, 2005, 01:10 AM
TechTV used to be one of those channels that was always on my TV, either that or Discovery Wings. When G4 bought it, I tried, I really did try to watch it, but it sucked. Once they kicked Leo and the older screen savers staff, things just got sucky.

tech4all
Feb 16, 2005, 01:10 AM
As of February, 15 G4TechTV has become G4TV once again. So for anyone who cares or was still watching and I don't think that many were. The Screen Savers may also end on Wednesday.

Hasn't TechTV been G4TechTV for a while now? :confused:

MacNut
Feb 16, 2005, 01:14 AM
Yes but they have formated back to G4

dejo
Feb 16, 2005, 01:18 AM
Yes but they have formated back to G4

But what we really want to know is: When is the G5 coming out? :D

tech4all
Feb 16, 2005, 01:26 AM
Was anyone here ever a member at the their forums? (old and/or new)

MacNut
Feb 16, 2005, 01:37 AM
It is about time that they drop the techtv name from the network as they have ruined it since the takeover. G4 is a joke and its a shame that quality has to be sacrificed to make money.

virividox
Feb 16, 2005, 02:41 AM
bring on the techn tv re-runs hehe

iGary
Feb 16, 2005, 05:25 AM
I used to have Tech TV on 24-7 as well.

*sigh*

Too bad. :(

Littleodie914
Feb 16, 2005, 06:05 AM
Bah... That's a real shame :mad:

TechTV was easily the best tech show on television, anytime, anywhere. The hosts were awesome, knew what they were talking about, and had a good time. These G4 bloats are lame and annoying, their shows are sub-par in production and in acting ability, and... and... they ran out my hero, Kevin Rose!! :o :(

bbyrdhouse
Feb 16, 2005, 06:27 AM
I too, used to have Tech TV on nearly 24/7. It was actually my favorite channel on Satelite.

I really did enjoy Leo and Patrick, but when G$ took over you couold see, almost overnight, a new cheesy, new fangled, low quality feel to it.

Kinda like watching a really bad B movie.

Maybe another station will pick them up.

RAS admin
Feb 16, 2005, 08:18 AM
Yup, another one here who used to watch The Screen Savers on TechTV. I used to pay $10 extra a month to get basic digital cable, even though TechTV was the only channel (on those digital channels) that I actually watched. At one point I cancelled the digital serivce and went back to regular basic cable, but that was before the G4 takeover. Finally, I got a deal on digital cable with movie channels and DVR last summer and was very disappointed to find TechTV had gone downhill... I don't watch it at all anymore, but then again, I don't play video games either! :(

DavidLeblond
Feb 16, 2005, 08:55 AM
Yup, another one here who used to watch The Screen Savers on TechTV. I used to pay $10 extra a month to get basic digital cable, even though TechTV was the only channel (on those digital channels) that I actually watched. At one point I cancelled the digital serivce and went back to regular basic cable, but that was before the G4 takeover. Finally, I got a deal on digital cable with movie channels and DVR last summer and was very disappointed to find TechTV had gone downhill... I don't watch it at all anymore, but then again, I don't play video games either! :(

You and me both. Screen Savers, Fresh Gear, Conspiracies, and Invent This were all great shows. RIP TechTV.

jeremy.king
Feb 16, 2005, 08:55 AM
One can only hope that Leo, Patrick, Yoshi and the gang will start their own network and bring back the shows I used to love to watch. The "merger" was a waste, I wasn't really sure of the point....boy that lasted long :mad:

mkubal
Feb 16, 2005, 09:25 AM
Well count me as another person who used to love most of the shows on TechTV. Good thing G4 killed it because clearly I was enjoying it too much.

But seriously, the Screen Savers is horrible. I try to watch the reruns in the afternoon, but it seems like everything is some stupid inside joke. And that new Kevin guy is just so awkward. It's as if they tried to find the guy that would be the worst host for the show.

It could just be me, but it seems as though there's a childish sexual tension that has overtaken the entire show. Disgusting really.

Matt

rhix
Feb 16, 2005, 09:41 AM
At least now they aren't damaging what was once a good name. TechTV rocked. That and Discovery Channel (with occasional CBC-bouts) were all I watched for a very long time. I had never heard of G4 before ther merger, and found out there's a reason for that. ****** channels don't often become popular. How could they get rid of Fresh Gear? Do gamers not like fancy new devices? The gradual perversion (in all senses of the word) of TSS eventually rendered it totally unwatchable.

Now we get to wait till they rename Discovery to something more accurate, like MonsterVision. I miss educational television. :(

candan9019
Feb 16, 2005, 10:19 AM
One can only hope that Leo, Patrick, Yoshi and the gang will start their own network and bring back the shows I used to love to watch. The "merger" was a waste, I wasn't really sure of the point....boy that lasted long :mad:

Well actually Leo has started Call For Help again. It's on G4 Canada and apparently Australia now too. It's done in Toronto, a lot of Canadians were upset when it was cancelled so Rogers Cable decided to do it themselves.

Brother Michael
Feb 16, 2005, 11:06 AM
I never had TechTV. Only G4, so when that merger happened I was happy. I loved the Screen Savers. But after they kicked all the other people, and got all new people, I cried.

That used to be an awesome show...now its no better than X-Play.

Tell me, was the screen savers a live show? I always thought that it was, but couldn't be sure.

Mike

FightTheFuture
Feb 16, 2005, 11:11 AM
i was actually happy with the new format that G4 brought in by acquiring TechTV. i'm not a hardcore gamer, but i definitely liked to watch shows that highlighted the gaming industry. sure, we saw the E3 2004 highlights a bit too much, but it was still something different for me. it was like watching MTV all the time when you were in college. now you watched TechTV its hip for our generation.

eventually though, i started to see the mediocracy of the programming involved. the show is broadcasted in what looks like a low quality MPEG-2 format. during the screensavers, you can see distortion during their digital video effects. the native G4 shows looked like public access cable. and the hosts are like the guys who would make fun of me at the coffee house cause i was using a mac.

when unscrewed was cancelled i think i finally began to see our beloved TechTV fade away. NOONE can replace the witty sarcasm and website props of Martin Sergeant and Laura Shwisher. Definitely a show too immature AND intelligent for our time.

was G4 after xplay and robot wars all this time? i'm starting to see the writing in xplay get dumbed down a little with each new episode. last night they gave an action-RPG a 1 out 5 without any real reason except "that it was boring"

MacNut
Feb 16, 2005, 12:48 PM
They didn't just want xplay but the big viewer base of techtv that they could inherit instead.

tubedogg
Feb 16, 2005, 01:28 PM
Once they kicked Leo and the older screen savers staff, things just got sucky.Actually, they had nothing to do with Leo leaving. He was basically shown the door by the previous owner not long after the merger was announced (but long before it was completed) due to some stock issue. (http://leoville.com/blog/index.php/TLR/comments/end_of_line/)

tech4all
Feb 16, 2005, 02:36 PM
Tell me, was the screen savers a live show? I always thought that it was, but couldn't be sure.

Mike

Yea I think TSS was a live show (for the first showing that is). It used to be a 90 minute show, then went down to 60 minutes, then back up to 90 minutes.

Awhh, how I miss those days :( Stupid G4 :mad:

jsw
Feb 16, 2005, 02:40 PM
Now we get to wait till they rename Discovery to something more accurate, like MonsterVision. I miss educational television. :(
The "old" Discovery is now, more or less, The Science Channel - recommended viewing.

bbyrdhouse
Feb 16, 2005, 02:45 PM
Yea I think TSS was a live show (for the first showing that is). It used to be a 90 minute show, then went down to 60 minutes, then back up to 90 minutes.

Awhh, how I miss those days :( Stupid G4 :mad:

I believe that in the early days TSS was a 30 minute show for a short while. (I might be thinking of "Call For Help")

You Know........ this really sucks.

I felt as if Leo really knew what he was talking about and wasn't some pimple faced, hormone driven, 20 something "Duh, That's cool, Duh" fella.


Stupid G4!!! :mad: :mad:

Chubypig
Feb 16, 2005, 02:46 PM
Was anyone here ever a member at the their forums? (old and/or new)

I was a member, but then they closed the mac board when G4 bought them, so I drifted for a while before finding MacRumors in the fall.

oh, and MacNut I love your avatar!! :D

tech4all
Feb 16, 2005, 02:51 PM
I believe that in the early days TSS was a 30 minute show for a short while. (I might be thinking of "Call For Help")

Could be. I didn't watch TechTV in the early days (I think it was called....ZDTV...or something along those lines), but Leo did host Call for Help first, so you could be thinking of that. Although, AFAIK, Call for Help was always a 1 hour show. Nevertheless, it is sad.

njmac
Feb 16, 2005, 02:59 PM
I tried to watch the "new" screensavers on G4TechTV but I just couldn't stomach it. Immature, lame, lazy, boring, yada, yada yada.
Kevin and Leo use to give props to the mac all the time and I looked forward to it. We'll see what happens in the future to the stars: Yoshi, Kevin, Sarah, Leo, and Patrick

CubaTBird
Feb 16, 2005, 03:08 PM
i watched zdtv, as it was formally called, way back in the early days of 1998.. it was just leo and a woman named kate.. the show was okay.. patrick replaced kate during the zdtv days in late 99' if my memory serves me correct... yea i was a big fan of zdtv, techtv.. ect.. good stuff.. sigh its gone now.. o well, leo still has a website though.. leoville.com good stuff :)

Deefuzz
Feb 16, 2005, 03:55 PM
techtv has been dead since G4 bought it, it's just taken a long time to finally die.

G4 is a terrible channel, and it is unfortunate that they had to ruin such a good thing

AliensAreFuzzy
Feb 16, 2005, 04:51 PM
God, I was depressed for about a month after G4 took over TechTV. I used to have it on 24/7. TSS, Call For Help, TechLive, Fresh Gear, Extended Play (That was better than X-Play). Now I don't have as good of source for random tech facts and news from the industry. When G4 first merged, I thought it might be OK, but first thing I noticed was that they cancelled TechLive (there goes my news). Then they brought in these crappy hosts for TSS, and then less than a week after the merger, I stopped watching for good. G4 should just roll up and die somewhere.

I'm going to go cry now.

MacNut
Feb 16, 2005, 08:22 PM
G4 should just roll up and die somewhere.Your wish might come true as I think ratings will plummet and they will be revamping again in a few months.

SiliconAddict
Feb 17, 2005, 02:10 AM
I ran across a video blooper online where the idiots on Tech TV had an "answer the question seg" Someone asked what podcasting was. They didn't know. That alone had me scratching my head. The reason it was a blooper was that they consulted the all knowing google on TV to find out. Googling "podcasing" They clicked on the first link and it took them to a site...with a porn site popup. I like breasts as much as the next guy but damn dude. Right on TV. Holy crap. The camera crew immediately zoomed out and away and the dips on TV laughed it off saying they should install a popup blocker. No dumb*** you shouldn't be using IE. At any rate I was never a big tech TV fan but the few times I did watch a couple years back Leo and the other guys came off at least as somewhat pros. Somewhat. These guys are morons. Hand me the dang show. I could do a better job. Heck goober the hermit from some cave up in the Ozarks could do a better job.