Comcast Fires TechTV staff.

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  1. Evan M

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    http://news.com.com/2100-1026_3-5207...l?tag=nefd.top

    That's an interesting move... there are a few personalities on TechTV that just MAKE TechTV.

    Guess they are shooting for the feel of a whole new network.

    ??

    I wonder if any of the folks will move to LA in the interest of keeping their jobs.
     
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    Having your station sold is one of the scariest feelings in the world, because you know your job isn't secure. TechTV has been in flux for a long time, and it's a shame it finally came down to this, especially when I felt they were finally hitting their stride and deciding what to do with the network. I've never liked the G4 show, and am not a gamer, but really enjoyed a lot of the programming from TechTV. I, personally, don't like this move at all.
     
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    Well I AM a gamer and i found G4 to be the most borring channel i have ever watched. I will miss techTv a whole lot.
     
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    They are retaining approx. 80 TechTV employees and moving them down to L.A. Considering that they actually went to the effort to re-hire Leo Laporte, it would be logical to think that they are keeping at least some of the on-air talent.
     
  5. Todd Terwilliger

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    I found G4 a blast. For me, it makes great secondary viewing, if I'm gaming, or reading, etc. The problem is that they repeat everything a ton, even stuff that's old (for them). They've also made some very questionable moves with programs and personalities. TechTV had its merits also and I was hoping they'd combine the strengths of both into something better than either. I guess I'm still hoping.
     
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    G4TechTV (the new merged channel) has posted a new FAQhere that lists which TechTV shows will be retained. The good news is that most of the main shows (The Screen Savers, X-Play, Unscrewed, Fresh Gear) will still be around.
     
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    The bad news is that Robot Wars, Anime Unleashed, and Thunderbirds survived. Why. And Call for Help didn't, that's a bad move.
     
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    I always thought having both Call for Help and Screen Savers are kind of redundant.
     
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    Call for Help caters to the beginner crowd, the types of calls a Dell call center might get. The Screen Savers is moving toward the hobbyist audience. I think there's room for both.

    I don't actually watch Call for Help, but I'd imagine it helps some people.
     
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    Is Leo gone again then?
     
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    That's a good question, cause when Leo was re-hired at techtv, he said he would only be doing Call for Help for now. I wonder if he'll be back on the screen savers.
     
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    Am I the only Comcast cable subscriber that does NOT have access to TechTv? I hate Comcast as it is, poor quality, poor customer service and terrible selection. No Fox News, No TechTv and their "video on demand" claim is a joke, espicially compared to Charter Cable. But if they would at least offer me TechTv in my service area I might be a bit more willing to pay the bill every month.
     
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    I don't believe Comcast carried TechTV at all. I think that's why they bought them in the first place.

    I'm surprised you don't have Fox News though, it's in my Comcast lineup.

    /Mike
     
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    techtv is on digital cable from comcast in fresno. it's not on analog cable.
     
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    Well the shows may survive, but what members of the on-air talent will move to L.A.?

    My guess is not many.
     
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    i'd be willing to bet a large number of the on air staff will be willing to move to la for the opertunity to try and expand into other areas of entertainment.
     
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    The Techtv peeps are miles more interesting than any of the lame G4 host. zzzzzzz. I hope they all go. I noticed on the G4TechTv site they don't mention hosts of any of the shows, even Unscrewed doesn't have 'With Martin Sergeant' in the title. Unscrewed with Tony Tallirico would suck!!![​IMG]
     
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    It may be that the list of shows on the G4TechTV FAQ page was not complete. I think CfH is gone because I'd be surprised to Leo LaPorte make the move to LA. That guy seems to have pretty deep roots in the Bay Area.

    The rest of on-air crew is pretty young and no one seems to be married or have kids, so I wouldn't imagine any of them would have a problem with moving south with their jobs.
     

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