Comcast Fires TechTV Staff

I‘ve just learned that G4 has fired the entire staff of TechTV.
Per the WARN Act (governing plant closings) all the employees of TechTV have been given 60 days notice. The San Francisco operation will be shuttered by July. 100 of the existing jobs will be posted for those willing to relocate to LA.

Outgoing COO, Joe Gillespie will say good-bye to the troops tomorrow. Incoming CEO Charles Hirschorn will say hello (and good-bye) on Monday.

No word on which shows G4 will keep or which hosts will be kept on.

661 Replies to “Comcast Fires TechTV Staff”

  1. TechTV Closes Its Six Year Era This Month: I’m not a law-geek, nor do I claim to know anything about corporate mergers, buy-outs, or stock portfolios. All I know is I have been a FAN of TechTV for the last two years, and now that the Screen Savers crew and the Call For Help crew has almost become family members here in our home (yes, we watch those 2 shows all the time), they’re coming to an end.
    Maybe you can make heads or tails out of all this because I can’t. What’s the deal? Was TechTV not making enough money? I mean, if all this is supposed to be a good thing, why did over 200 TechTV employees lose their jobs? Who IS this G4 anyhow? There are some links to some online news releases about the G4/TechTV merger in my article (click my link on this page). See what you get out of those stories, and if you can figure out WHY this is all happening, please post a comment at my blog. To all of you over there at TechTV, “We LOVE you guys!”
    I’m not too sure if some of the TechTV links will even still be active a couple weeks after this post, so if any of you know where the site goes, or if it simply totally disappears, post that in your comment too. So long TechTV, we will always treasure your humor and knowledge, and on a personal note, I will MISS you all terribly!
    Mark Laymon
    http://www.MrMrsWebAuthor.com

  2. Hi, I’ve been watching Tech TV since Leo started on the show, and he’s the greatest host out there. He’s funny as well as smart. I live in India, and even thought you guys might not know this, there’s a ton of people out here that watch u guys everyday. Man, I’m gonna miss you guys, especially LEO!!! Well, since Leo stopped doing TSS, the show has kinda been boring, coz of all the kiddies such as Dan, Sarah and the corny jokes of Pat. But Kevin did a pretty good job trying to fill the shoes of Leo. But anyways, good luck in the future, and I’ll be on the lookout if you start something new or host something online. Thanks for all the great times and good luck all!

  3. Hi, I’ve been watching Tech TV since Leo started on the show, and he’s the greatest host out there. He’s funny as well as smart. I live in India, and even thought you guys might not know this, there’s a ton of people out here that watch u guys everyday. Man, I’m gonna miss you guys, especially LEO!!! Well, since Leo stopped doing TSS, the show has kinda been boring, coz of all the kiddies such as Dan, Sarah and the corny jokes of Pat. But Kevin did a pretty good job trying to fill the shoes of Leo. But anyways, good luck in the future, and I’ll be on the lookout if you start something new or host something online. Thanks for all the great times and good luck all!

  4. I have watched Leo back when TechTV was ZDTV, and when he and Kate Botello hosted Screen Savers. This man is an intelligent person, as I was able to meet him & Kate at the Valley Fair Mall in San Jose back in 99. Leo has provided alot of information on all the programs he has hosted and I hope will continue to do that for as long as he continues his passion for technology. From an honest viewpoint, in my opinion, you are pretty much irreplaceable , even more so… often imitated , but never duplicated. The way you describe technology to all us viewers as well as the knowledge you have shared , is one thing I will always remember about you on the shows. Whichever or whatever path comes next for you in this digital age, may it be a good one and contain as much digit$ to the left of the decimal point. I will miss all the jokes & wisecracks you did on your shows and quite honestly I even still miss the dancing you and Kate did at the end of the TSS episodes. =D
    Leo Laporte , you da man bro. I give you much props and respect as an individual dedicated to this craft in technology. Thank you for all the great times on the telly and all you’ve done to advance computer information & entertainment in this era. we’ll always remember.
    just a loyal viewer…..
    Eric

  5. Man! This sucks 🙁 I will miss you Leo, along with the rest of the TechTV hosts… Comcast better think of a better bussiness plan. If not, I will cease watching their networks. (did anyone look at their site anyway??? it looks like MxC, not a tech site! *chunders*)
    I’m glad you have sufficient jobs to support your family though Leo! I’ll have to purchase some TSS dvds now… 🙂

  6. AS far as “Coyote” stated in earlier post and talking smack about TechTV and its lack of Tech, obviously, anyone who really knows tech does not really need TechTV and is more for beginners and those who really want to do thing themselves with their hands and not to hire As@#$holes like yourself and overcharge us. I for one will miss call for help and think the whole S@#t stinks like a babies diaper. I’m not sure if I will watch other other, but hope to keep SS in my sights for wiewing. I have learned a lot since watching TechTV’s CFH and the SS and will anyone not returning the best of luck. I think the comments about G4’s channel speak for themselves.

  7. The one and only cable company in Australia only just got TechTV in april and
    I soon began hooked on TSS and CFH – intelligent and entertaining people talking
    about technology at more than a superficial level. Too good to last – you bet!!
    Hope I’m wrong but I think the corporate “suits” are itching to dumb down the programs which remain.
    Why else would they fire all the staff.

  8. i just heard what was happening from a friend today! this sucks!!!! tech tv is what it is because of the PEOPLE and what they bring to us in the tech world. leo, i just read your notes on leoville and i must say im shocked and sad. if its not too late could you please find a way to stay? you and cat are what make cfh what it is,easy to understand and great people, like family, man. where will all the others land like patrick and roger,kevin and jess…..? comcast has made the wrong decision and will pay for it in the lost viewers and in lost revenue….advertisers stay away from comcast lest you be fired too..!
    TO LEO and The TECH TV FAMILY: Thank you for your help and undertsanding and thank you for treating us the viewers like part of your family!!!!!!!
    K.

  9. Some random comments:
    0. Background: I used to have G4 available when I had Comcast, now I have TechTV on Dish. I mainly watch TechTV for Anime Unleashed and sometimes leave TechTV tuned before or after for awhile.
    1. Both channels have a lot of padding in their individual schedules–a lot of shows are repeated during the day or over the week, and have large blocks of paid programming. G4TechTV could probably find time for all their existing shows if it wanted to. The scarce resource is the primetime viewing hours, and hints on how the management views their viewers will be seen in which shows they keep from the two channels and where in their schedule they slot them.
    2. Many of the TechTV shows that are being dropped overlap significantly with other channels, particularly the coterie of Discovery channels.
    3. G4 is losing shows too. From the G4TechTV (by the way–what a silly name) Merger FAQ, it looks like the combined channel will be a lot like TechTV with a heck of a lot more gaming content, rather than a gaming channel with some techy stuff.
    4. I suspect that many of the jobs offered in LA will be to the on screen personalities, I suspect a lot of the backroom people–the video and sound engineers and technicians, middle management, administration, marketing, and sales, are easily replaceable down in the Los Angeles area, if any need to be hired–after all, G4 has such people already. So the on-screen presence probably won’t change much.
    5. My understanding is that TechTV has been for sale for some time. Quite possibly the alternative to Comcast buying TechTV is TechTV going dark altogether if no one bought it (although I suspect someone would eventually have bought TechTV, for the channel access if nothing else)

  10. I feel sick. I feel lost. I feel lost and sick.
    Aside from sitting at my computer for at least eight hours a day I would RELAX by watching Tech TV. It kept me up to date on the latest tech happenings and it let me know that I wasn’t alone in my Geekdom. I’m alone again. I’m Canadian and I’m alone. It’s a sad, sad, sad day. Laporte!.. I’m gonna miss you.
    You know what really pisses me off!!!??? Freakin’ American Super Cable bastards that destroy the unique shows for sake of a proven (and incredibly boring) formula show. Leave my Tech TV alone. That said… who’s the schmuk that sold it? It better have been a hostile takeover. It better have saved a life. It better have an upside or I’m gonna be ‘not happy’.
    I consider all of you at Tech TV as my extended family and I will forever miss you. My heartfealt love and admiration to all of you.
    God Bless,
    Carson Jones
    Toronto, Canada.

  11. Yes and as fare as I can see someone is stopping over seas conections for the new channel ? but we loss it here in australia and hong kong allread droped it ? on all channels but it seams thy are haveing problems with Sony corp refucing time on satalight feads!!!! Or is it disney in the Us that feeds that link !!!.
    Jack

  12. Dammit…dammit to hell.G4 …stupid,lame corporate bastards…
    Ahem.. I feel terrible for everyone going through this at TechTv.Kinda selfishly I also feel bummed out for myself. I don’t know what I’ll do for those hours I was hooked to CFH, TSS and Xplay. It’s a given to say that it really is the end of an era Leo. I’ll keep checking out your radio show as I’m sure many of us will and expanding our understanding and sharing tech appreciation….Anyway before I get all weepy..I wish the best for everyone and I know the talented pool of people will find good homes.
    TTFN

  13. Leo: Best of luck!! I’m so sorry about the negative parts of the merger! (Thank god I have dish, I would have called comcast up and screamed into the phone!!) Call for Help was my favorite TTV show!
    All of the rest of the TTV staff (‘specially Cat, Notorious ROG, Chris Breen, Alex, Ian): Best wishes! Good fortune for the rest of your careers. TV these days needs talent like yours.

  14. I’m just another Canadian weighing in on the latest travesty in TV-land. I do hope that you all land on your feet down there, while I also hope that Charles Hirschorn spends tomorrow, and everyday after that, feeling a burning sensation when he pees. It is shameful that successful tech gurus like Leo Laporte get the shaft on a technology based network.
    Best of luck, leo.

  15. Leo: I have read the comments, and mine, like most, is the same. Bad business decision by ComCast. I have Dish Network. I want to watch your programs. I do not watch G4. I will not watch G4. So, why don’t we buy the San Francisco location, keep all the jobs, and have our own company. There are enough viewers out there to keep it going by being investors. Find out how much, see if Dish will keep you on board, and let us all know. Maybe we can round up enough viewer-investors to keep it on the air. One company’s bad decision can be another group’s good decision. Danny Dean dfd3@aol.com.

  16. Leo, you’re the best and you will be terribly missed in our home. You have been the best teacher and we’ve had so much fun “hanging out” with you in the mornings (we watched the morning reruns 🙂 It just won’t be the same without you guys and I’m not watching TechTV anymore…..but I will look forward to listening to you– I’m so glad that you’re still on Internet Radio. I’m anxious to see who snaps you up now–I’m sure there’s folks who appreciate your talents!!

  17. I don’t know if you read all your comments, but if you get all the way down here to this one, I want to thank you and everyone at TechTV for getting me through the first few hellacious months after my daughter was born. I found TechTV when she was just a few days old and all I could do to keep her quiet and asleep and happy was sit on the couch holding her. You guys kept me sane. If any of you move to LA, I’ll be tuning in to catch your shows. If not, it’s been a great ride and I’ll miss you all!
    Love ya

  18. A 10 million viewer based Money bagged company buys out a 43 million viewer company, Fires the Staff that got it 43 million viewers and starts changing the programing, Looks like the key to a big flop. The fun of techtv was the people that put it on (all of them)If all of the Techtv fans will just let them know that that we will be changing the channel to old reruns (or off and surf the net), Maybe they will get the idea, most likly not. Gaming is a big Biz, But the viewer base shows that they are tv wacthers. Bye to all of the Techtv gang from a not very tech person (I just know good when it is there)
    May the fleas of a thousand camels infest you non thanking heads at G4. grab a clue.
    Truman

  19. A 10 million viewer based Money bagged company buys out a 43 million viewer company, Fires the Staff that got it 43 million viewers and starts changing the programing, Looks like the key to a big flop. The fun of techtv was the people that put it on (all of them)If all of the Techtv fans will just let them know that that we will be changing the channel to old reruns (or off and surf the net), Maybe they will get the idea, most likly not. Gaming is a big Biz, But the viewer base shows that they are not tv wacthers. Bye to all of the Techtv gang from a not very tech person (I just know good when it is there)
    May the fleas of a thousand camels infest you non thanking heads at G4. grab a clue.
    Truman

  20. Best of luck Leo, you and Patrick were the heart and soul of TechTV. From someone who was there back in the ZDTV days, I have been a loyal watcher from the start. I got my start in computers selling cassette based TRS 80 back in the day. Even with all that knowledge, I still watched Call For Help daily along with Screensavers. I just saw stats that said the average gamer age was 29 to 36 with the 36 yr olds buying most of the games, consoles etc. Does Commcast really believe I and others like me are going to waste our time watching Thunderbirs, or Cheat etc? No, it’s back to the web and goodbye G4. Maybe Woz and others like him can help you and Patrick start a real Tech network with more shows ie Internet, Mods, How To build ( more time to show details) call in for hardware info ( See TomsHardware.com) which I bet would blow G4 out of water. Do Leo, Patrick and the others have a non-compete clause that would prevent starting a new network? Anyway I will miss you Leo and catch you on the Net radio.

  21. Holy Crap!!!! I was so excited at first about the merger between G4 and TechTV…but at this expense? My life as a computer user is centered around TechTV. Who other than Leo and the rest of the TechTV crew can explain the “personal confuser” in such a clear and trusting manner? Computer and console games are wonderful, but in the end, just entertainment. What TechTV offered was help, guidance, and a trust worthy source of information that I have never, and doubt that I will ever, find in any other medium. Leo, you rock! I hope at least you stay aboard and good luck to you and all your TechTV co-workers and friends. May 28th will always be Black Friday to me.

  22. To Leo and the crew of Tech TV:
    You have brought excitement to those that were not tech savy. I now consider myself more informed of current events, especially those related to technology, more in tune with the latest electronic trends, and surfing sites that I would have never known about (i.e., Giz Whiz). My heart goes out to all that will not make the trip down here to Southern California but for those of you that make the “Trail of Tears” to Los Angeles, I will save a bunk bed for you.
    Be good and take care from a friend that you never knew of until today,
    Leo

  23. My worst fears came through when G4 bought out TechTV. Hopefully, another station will have the vision to continue what TechTv
    started. The complete TechTv staff did a fantastic job communicating with regular people about the complexities of operating and enjoying computers. Your tips, tricks and humor will be dearly missed.
    Wish you ALL the BEST!!
    BIG FAN
    Mario

  24. I love Techtv. I love you guys. Leo, you are the Man. I’m not to fond of G4Techtv but I could almost swallow the idea if it stayed in San Francisco with the same Staff. I understand that over time certain cast members go, but don’t get rid of the main crew. I mean, Kevin, Leo, Patrick, Sarah, Jessica, Yoshi, Cat, Chris, Martin, and the many many more, Oh, Definately can’t forget Morgan. You guys are wonderful. G4, Comcast, whoever you are. Do you really think Firing all the cast and forcing them to relocate to Los Angeles if they want to keep their job is a smart idea? First of all, everyone loves Techtv. I’m not just talking about the Channel. Techtv is Leo, Cat, Pat, Yoshi, Kev, Sarah, Jessica, Morgan, Adam, Martin, Laura, and on and on and on… Changing the name wouldn’t be that bad. I could almost swallow it, like I said. But dropping shows and firing all the cast, that is just wrong. I’m just hoping someone from G4 or Comcast will read this. This is wrong and I will not watch G4Techtv without all the cast members I have come to know and love. If this is the death of Techtv as we know it now, then this will be the death of many many loyal fans of Techtv. Bring it back. Bring back Techtv, Bring Back The Cast. The Entire Cast. Power to the Techies.
    -TysonTheChicken

  25. One thing many people seem to be forgetting.. is that Tech TV was a uniquely San Francisco flavored production. There was a sense of ‘information is a universal right’. CfH, TSS, and Unscrewed all featured free downloads and free tutorials on how to do things. San Francisco is a city that believes in freedom of expression, and in the technology that makes it possible in our modern age. San Francisco has a group of people working hard to cover the entire city with free wi-fi access to everyone who would want it. San Francisco historically represents the counter culture to the forces of conformity and censorship. Tech TV was a haven in the all too greed-centered world of television. While it’s possible that certain personalities from Tech TV will still work for the new corporate channel, and certain show names will still appear on the line up, you can be sure that the soul of TechTV will be gone. It’s the producers, the writers, the directors, and the other behind the scenes people that will be replaced by the G4 Los Angeles staff. One reason that G4 was universally dispised even by gamers, is that it was obvious that the channel was nothing but a corporate sellout. Every show is a half hour long commercial for whatever game the sponsors are willing to pay to have featured. Every review is a rave. Every ‘gamer’ playing on the show experiences orgasmic delight at the featured games. Every host is pretty enough to make hetero watchers of the same sex consider switching teams, with their only appreciable talent being to be able to read the tele-prompter without tracking text with their eyes (most of the time). In short, the channel is 100% Los Angeles. It’s all too clear, that in the interest of hijacking TechTV’s wider distribution, and in eliminating a competitor to G4, Commcast is in the process of tearing the San Francisco soul out of Tech TV. In true Los Angeles style, they’re going to steal the facade of Tech TV (the logo, the names, the personalities) and hope that noone notices that the soul is gone. Sadly, as is evidenced by the financial success of so many mindless television shows, many people will be fooled. There are more than 60,000 electronic petition signatures to save ‘Angel’.. and only 2,000 some to save Tech TV. We can only hope, that Tech TV’s more savvy audience, will not fall into this trap, and will completely ignore G4TechTv. Only the rapid complete financial failure of the merged channel could show the profit-centric management at CommCast the error of their ways. Vote with your pocket book. Don’t patronize sponsors of G4TechTV. Don’t use CommCasts cable if you have any other cable provider option. If you have a Neilson box.. don’t watch the new channel. Do what more and more people are doing in prime time. Log onto the web. Watch and wait for Tech TV in some form to return.

  26. I am sorry that Comcast has been the evil empire to take over yet another small excellent channel in its ambition to become the only media in the universe. [I live in Comcast land and I dont even get g4!! Comcast is so evil, that if you dont have Comcast cable, there is no way you can see a Flyers game or a 76ers game. Talk about evil!]
    1st – this sucks – to see my friends of screensavers and call for help, & X-play get the shaft totally totally sucks. Thanks for all your help and I hope that we see you soon.
    2nd- I would rather see a few of the shows make it to G4 (??) than to go away totally. I do hope they keep the good shows for both channels but at the price of jobs??? not fair. I do hope that those techtv members that were offered a job in LA take it: LA Isnt bad at all and we would love to see you there. For those employees that were not offered a job, Hollywood is always looking for movie camera operators, sound guys..Good techs are hard to find.
    All I can say is if I dont see what I like, Comcast is bye bye in my house and the dish comes back. I ditched the dish because of my apartment rules, but rules are made to be broken 🙂 Thanks for all your help and we hope to see you all very very soon – Hell, Take the TechTV channel to Time-warner: what Tech channel do they got?? NONE!

  27. I think this is disgraceful. You can rest assured that whatever this G4 uses to replace TechTV will not be viewed by me. For first time in years, there was a TV program that approached public service and which was really entertaining. I suppose it will be replaced with some lame-a…s, cheapo “reality” show some dumb-a…s exec in his office in Century City thinks it will make lots of money at small cost. Or, perhaps TechTV is being axed because of having stepped on too many corporate toes with their scathing reviews of products and services. I guess this is consistent with living in the era of George W. Bush.

  28. NOW WHAT THE HELL AM I SUPPOSED TO DO? LEO AND HIS COMPUTER GANG HELPED ME GET AT LEAST AN IDEA OF WHAT THE HELL THE WINDOWS OS WAS DOING, AND NOW THE AXE? THIS BITES! (FEEL FREE TO INSERT ANY NUMBER OR MAGNITUDE OF FEELINGS YOU WANT TO HERE). AS FOR COMCAST: YOUR ACTIONS ARE LIKE THE PEACE OF GOD: IS SURPASSES UNDERSTANDING.
    GOOD LUCK LEO & COMPANY; HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON ON ANOTHER CHANNEL!

  29. I’ve read a lot of the comments, and I see something in common with my opinion.
    Some of the best TechTV shows are being let go, while shows that no one posting here watches are being kept. Who REALLY watches The Thunderbirds, anyway? Obviously, it’s the same folks that want to watch a network whose own home website can’t even come up with more than a dozen shows to feature.
    I’ve really benefited greatly from watching TSS and C4H. I love watching Leo do his thing, talking with folks on the phone or being honest about Sprint PCS. Patrick and Kevin have actually changed my computing life. I’m much more informed and interested in hard tech topics, and I don’t buy many computer games anymore. Maybe that’s the real reason G4 is interested in changes. Heck, between Kevin, Patrick and Sarah, I’ve not purchased any software in months, simply because they point users to so many good viable FREE alternatives.
    Kevin, Sarah, Patrick, Leo and all the others at TechTV, your influences from the fine city of San Francisco will be missed. As others have said, tuning in to TechTV felt more like hanging out with friends than watching the news.
    Yours,
    Denni

  30. When your name is Paul Allen and you have over 40 billion dollars in your bank account this give you the right to screw over people. And let’s not forget how he and the two (Bill and Steve) became billionaires. Its simple, it’s called “blackmail”. Bill Gates and the boys blackmailed Apple Computer in giving M$ 1/3 of the source codes to Apple’s new GUI to the Lisa computer. Apple caved-in, they need a vendor to write the software for their computer. Have you ever heard the old saying “give and inch take a mile”. Well M$ took full advantage of it. They stole the entire source from Apple for their crappie inferior Windows 1.0. It was a freaking joke of an OS. Apple tried to sue M$ and lost. So, this was the beginning of Paul’s billions. With 40 billion dollars you can do pretty much anything you want. Hey I know, lets build this $600.00 million god awful looking building in Seattle and call it the EMP. Lets buy the Seattle Seahawks, make the tax payers in Seattle pay for a new $500,000 million stadium, while the home-less are chased out Seattle and King County. And, donate $25 million to search for ET. Wait, lets buy a TV network! After three year you get BOARD with and it losing money. OH MY GOD THE SKY IS FALLING! So what does multi billionaire Paul Allen do …he sells it! To save the money he was losing form it. It made his portfolio look bad. The TechTV payroll was just under 750,000 a year. Mr. Allen I am so sorry you lost so much money with TechTV, I understand now why you off load it. Meanwhile some 200 of the best tech people lost their jobs because of you! You have nothing to loose, you get to go back to your 10,000 sq. ft. home to have a nice meal made by one of many puppets you own. Your comeuppance will come some day and I hope it is soon!

  31. When your name is Paul Allen and you have over 40 billion dollars in your bank account this give you the right to screw over people. And let’s not forget how he and the two (Bill and Steve) became billionaires. Its simple, it’s called “blackmail”. Bill Gates and the boys blackmailed Apple Computer in giving M$ 1/3 of the source codes to Apple’s new GUI to the Lisa computer. Apple caved-in, they need a vendor to write the software for their computer. Have you ever heard the old saying “give and inch take a mile”. Well M$ took full advantage of it. They stole the entire source from Apple for their crappie inferior Windows 1.0. It was a freaking joke of an OS. Apple tried to sue M$ and lost. So, this was the beginning of Paul’s billions. With 40 billion dollars you can do pretty much anything you want. Hey I know, lets build this $600.00 million god awful looking building in Seattle and call it the EMP. Lets buy the Seattle Seahawks, make the tax payers in Seattle pay for a new $500,000 million stadium, while the home-less are chased out Seattle and King County. And, donate $25 million to search for ET. Wait, lets buy a TV network! After three year you get BOARD with and it losing money. OH MY GOD THE SKY IS FALLING! So what does multi billionaire Paul Allen do …he sells it! To save the money he was losing form it. It made his portfolio look bad. The TechTV payroll was just under 750,000 a year. Mr. Allen I am so sorry you lost so much money with TechTV, I understand now why you off load it. Meanwhile some 200 of the best tech people lost their jobs because of you! You have nothing to loose, you get to go back to your 10,000 sq. ft. home to have a nice meal made by one of many puppets you own. Your comeuppance will come some day and I hope it is soon!

  32. There was some real talent on these shows so I’m not too worried about the people who have lost their jobs. One man’s loss is another’s gain but sadly that’s not true of us viewers. We have just lost a lot of great and helpful people from our lives. Even if we find them in other programs they will most likely be spread-out and not in the tight effective group that they have been at TechTV. I was hooked on CfH and NeGear. Of course they do go together (:)}. The reality is, of course, this is still “showbiz” and it hasn’t changed in my 79yrs. It’s a see-saw business. I have really appreciated the help and the giggles and pray, somehow, I can find at least some of it again somewhere.

  33. There was some real talent on these shows so I’m not too worried about the people who have lost their jobs. One man’s loss is another’s gain but sadly that’s not true of us viewers. We have just lost a lot of great and helpful people from our lives. Even if we find them in other programs they will most likely be spread-out and not in the tight effective group that they have been at TechTV. I was hooked on CfH and NeGear. Of course they do go together (:)}. The reality is, of course, this is still “showbiz” and it hasn’t changed in my 79yrs. It’s a see-saw business. I have really appreciated the help and the giggles and pray, somehow, I can find at least some of it again somewhere.

  34. Leo made ZDTV and TechTV great. The network had just reached it’s peak of coolness and Comcast had to ruin everything. It’s bad enough that they ruin the network, but the site is just horrible. All of my favorites links are now trash. If Leo and gang could only get another network going….even just another site, then the world wouldn’t be so dark. Down with comcast. Down with g4.

  35. i have watched techtv since it was called zdtv.
    it was always on satcom 4, transponder 12 in the clark satellite band (c band).
    it was always free.
    so, even though c band is almost obsolete, it appears that it has outlived techtv.
    oh well, i can still watch erica hill for free on cnn (galaxy 5, transponder 22).
    for now, ha ha ha…………..

  36. if it’s true that all of tech tv’s staff have been given the 60 day move or lose notice, has anyone contacted marc cuban at cuban.com to see if he’d like to start a tech network along with his hi-def sports network he started a year or two ago? he even bought
    a 5% stake in charter to get ’em to carry it over cable
    (thanks marc for helping me to quadruple my money on charter over 18 months:)) hmmm hey leo, wasn’t tech tv a part of charter and the paul allen confabulation not too far in the recent past? oh and ya know i even suggested the same to chris and his “HOT” cohost over at fresh gear when they were at hulen mall in fort worth with you guessed it charter. oh well it’s late and i gotta write a reeaaally nasty letter to comcast exexs and make a prediction as to how they WILL screw the pooch ala excite@home being bought out by none other than ATT, and how that once giant of a telecommunications giant is now just a shell of it’s former self hoping a buyer will come around and put all the old guard out of our misery….

  37. This is very bad. I can’t stand g4 I can’t even believe I just typed g4.
    There’s only 2 may be 3 shows worth watching on the new lineup, and those were the shows that Tech Tv ran. Why not give the kids g4 and give us adults our Tech Tv,or at least split the time slots to eliminate the reruns ? (I know how to program a vcr.)
    If I ever get rich or hit the lotto I would love to talk to you guy’s about putting the old Tech back on the airwaves. I don’t even know if you would entertain this thought, or how much all of the funding would be needed. Not only Call for Help, but All the show that got sacked.
    It’s only been a couple of days and I all ready miss Tech Tv.
    Michael (“I want my…I want my… I want my Tech Tv”) West.

  38. I see the guys at g4 are wise beyond their (young) years. I consider myself just a bit better than a novice computer user and I see the shows that really helped me were the first to go. That would, I assume, leave the new programing to the young bucks (gamers). Speaking of bucks, we “old” guys have a “buck” or two more than the young gaming crowd. Yeah, tailor the shows to the younger crowd with less $$$. Smart.
    I would be hard pressed to watch anything on there now.
    Oh well. Back to reading the manuals.
    In the style of the youthspeak today. g4 sucks, bad.

  39. Aloha from Hawaii !!
    Subj: TECHTV / G4TV
    Thank you for reading this note; WELL! If it did get that far~ and not dumped in to the Trash bin.
    What the Heck ! Happened to “TECH TV” ?? You advertised that it will be better and the same good TECH TV and better ! WOW What a BULL LINE. You have deleted every thing that was TECH TV!
    Even the Web Sight has been Kicked to the side and at your attempt to make us forget that Tech TV ever was.
    Web Pages are cheep and you could have made up a Sister sight for use with G4 and leave your destructive hands off of TECH TV web sight.
    So it is easy to see that with in a few weeks TECH TV will be pushed out the back door and shovel in bucket loads of Games, GAME GEAR, GAME GOOD AND GAME NEWS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Gamers need to get out side and enjoy the fresh air and sun light. Life is Fast, as I know,
    I am almost 50 and I swear that only a few weeks ago I was only 31.
    Look back at your own life and think for a second, wasn’t it just yesterday that you remember some thing in your life or news event just happened!!?? Well ~ that was several Years ago ! Not yesterday.
    I have been in the US Navy for almost 20 years and “BAMMM” time has really zipped by.
    Well, what I am trying to say is, Gaming is Cool but it must keep in its place and time limits.
    I don’t see kids playing out side any more as we did, using your imagination and the back yard or woods,
    To play / act out games. This type of Gaming stimulates the mind and you actually interact with others which develop good communication skills, human conflict skills and mantel development.
    I understand that Gaming is BIS $$$$, but so is TECH ! And Tech builds the mind is.
    Please return Tech TV to its place and get rid of the Over use of Game shows.
    Tech TV was just fine. But it’s YOUR SHOW and we are just the Googel’s that what watch it,
    Pay for it thru the cable company, buy the products advertised and now have decided to
    “STOP WATCHING IT” !
    I really liked the Crew of TECH TV, there “Strait Up Honest, Friendly ( Not trying to sell you some Game, or Gear) just Straight out Facts, Knowledge, Training on the tools and Gear, use of systems and upkeep.
    They were the only people of TV that us the viewers / callers, could really trust.
    How can you trust a Game ~ show host as they are just barking out the latest tricks to the latest games.
    But to do what they do, you got BUY $$$ the latest Game.
    As TECH TV Gang told us TV Viewers once was ~ You can have the oldest PC or other, and still have fun,
    use as a Education tool and get work done while still using an old MAC or Windows System!!!!
    Just ~ “ BACK YOUR DATA AND UPDATE YOUR SYSTEM HARD DRIVE. !!!
    Please return TECH TV to its place and the web, or get G4 on a different channel !!!!!
    MAHALO !!! And ThankYou If You have Read this note; Respectfully; Robert

  40. Aloha from Hawaii !!
    Subj: TECHTV / G4TV
    Thank you for reading this note; WELL! If it did get that far~ and not dumped in to the Trash bin.
    What the Heck ! Happened to “TECH TV” ?? You advertised that it will be better and the same good TECH TV and better ! WOW What a BULL LINE. You have deleted every thing that was TECH TV!
    Even the Web Sight has been Kicked to the side and at your attempt to make us forget that Tech TV ever was.
    Web Pages are cheep and you could have made up a Sister sight for use with G4 and leave your destructive hands off of TECH TV web sight.
    So it is easy to see that with in a few weeks TECH TV will be pushed out the back door and shovel in bucket loads of Games, GAME GEAR, GAME GOOD AND GAME NEWS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Gamers need to get out side and enjoy the fresh air and sun light. Life is Fast, as I know,
    I am almost 50 and I swear that only a few weeks ago I was only 31.
    Look back at your own life and think for a second, wasn’t it just yesterday that you remember some thing in your life or news event just happened!!?? Well ~ that was several Years ago ! Not yesterday.
    I have been in the US Navy for almost 20 years and “BAMMM” time has really zipped by.
    Well, what I am trying to say is, Gaming is Cool but it must keep in its place and time limits.
    I don’t see kids playing out side any more as we did, using your imagination and the back yard or woods,
    To play / act out games. This type of Gaming stimulates the mind and you actually interact with others which develop good communication skills, human conflict skills and mantel development.
    I understand that Gaming is BIS $$$$, but so is TECH ! And Tech builds the mind is.
    Please return Tech TV to its place and get rid of the Over use of Game shows.
    Tech TV was just fine. But it’s YOUR SHOW and we are just the Googel’s that what watch it,
    Pay for it thru the cable company, buy the products advertised and now have decided to
    “STOP WATCHING IT” !
    I really liked the Crew of TECH TV, there “Strait Up Honest, Friendly ( Not trying to sell you some Game, or Gear) just Straight out Facts, Knowledge, Training on the tools and Gear, use of systems and upkeep.
    They were the only people of TV that us the viewers / callers, could really trust.
    How can you trust a Game ~ show host as they are just barking out the latest tricks to the latest games.
    But to do what they do, you got BUY $$$ the latest Game.
    As TECH TV Gang told us TV Viewers once was ~ You can have the oldest PC or other, and still have fun,
    use as a Education tool and get work done while still using an old MAC or Windows System!!!!
    Just ~ “ BACK YOUR DATA AND UPDATE YOUR SYSTEM HARD DRIVE. !!!
    Please return TECH TV to its place and the web, or get G4 on a different channel !!!!!
    MAHALO !!! And ThankYou If You have Read this note; Respectfully; Robert

  41. I never saw nor heard of G4 in my neck of the woods and so I didn’t know what pile of crap was going to be offloaded upon me. Now that they have “merged” and I have had the unfortunate experience of watching some of their programming I realized watching Sense and Sensability 24/7 would have more excitement and entertainment value, and I CAN”T STAND Sense and Sensability. Even if it is going to be all games all the time they could at least get someone other than a group of half-wit monkeys to write, program, and run the shows. I’ve seen public access cable shows with better direction and information. And as a final note watching people play games is NOT fun. If I wanted to watch games I would play games.
    My hats off to all of the Tech TV staff and I hope you all land on your feet. The new G4 Tech TV channel has been deleted from my active channels list.

  42. Ack, this is horrible! i love call for help so much! its were i learned where to get free anti virus things! where i learned about keeping my computer and emails safe, and how to fix annoying little problems ive come across. i love all the cats tips and rogers free files and leo is such a funny guy. i feel like i know these people..it hurts ~_~ i shall ban this channel from my tv when its changed. i didnt even know this was all happening until i was trying to find some of the free files and i kept getting 404…gosh, what is the world coming too? what am i going to do??

  43. Aloha Again !!
    Clint Helling, Has the Best Idea yet!! ~ Could some one post all the E-Mail addresses to the Sponsors of G4; so every one can sent out emails to them, to show our Seriousness and Hate for G4? ” NO Watch, NO Buy, NO Show “.
    I tried to find G4’s email address to some one there that would Stand up for G4 and Take Responsibility for what the Company did or even to Represent- G4 to even take the “ That-a-Boys” if G4 was Good ( Wich it is NOT ), But there web site just went no place but dead ends. I thing they knew that they would NOT have a Good response to there Hacking and Sacking of TECH TV!
    Well, I hope all of you will stand with us and start doing as Clint suggested ~
    Stand Tall and Tell the Spongers what we Really Thank!!!!
    Mahalo ~ Robert.

  44. To all who will read this.I say let’s boycot G4 and send a message,we will not watch thier shows and we will let thier sponsors know it to.No sponsorship no money,no money no G4 plain and simple.Or better yet with leo and the gangs rep,a all new and better show ran by the same people. Clint Helling l69305@hotmail.com

  45. I have only just found about the take over of Tech TV. Until today I had never heard of comcast. I am totally bummed about the loss of jobs for all the folk at the station and as a result of the sale Comcast is ceasing to broadcast internationally so down here in New Zealand we would no longer get tech tv at all anyway.

  46. Whaaaaaaaa! I’ve been seeing these G4 promo’s and couldn’t quite figure out what the hell was going on. I’m very sorry Leo…and very sorry for all my favorite shows: Call for help, Screen Savers, Tech Live, Unscrewed, and X-Play. Best wishes to you Mr. Laporte and all the folks both on and behind the scenes.

  47. Word is at g4techtv.com the tv channel will not carry Call for Help, but will carry the Screen Savers. The worst part: They’re not hiring Leo! Speak out, people!!
    Scott
    TechTV Addict
    Call for Help, The Screen Savers, Unscrewed

  48. This really sucks! The only reason I started liking this tech stuff is because of Tech TV. I guess it is time to cancell comcast! Best of luck to the staff and personalities at Tech TV!

  49. Without a doubt its been a terrible year for TechTV, and this is probably the news that tells the tale. Sometimes I wonder if there are any companies out there that value their employee’s.

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