G4 and Techtv

24-hour cable and satellite channel based in San Francisco featuring news and shows about computers, technology, and the Internet.

G4 was launched on April 24, 2002, under the ownership of Comcast. It was created and originally led by Charles Hirschhorn, a former president of Walt Disney Television and Television Animation. Thre original intent was to compete with Techtv that was started in 1998 by Ziff-Davis.

In 1998 it was called ZDTV and was carried by Charter Communications (owned by Paul Allen) in Newnan, Georgia. The next city was San Francisco and struck a deal to be seen on DirecTV.

On September 18, 2000, ZDTV was renamed TechTV, and a new on-air strategy was announced along with several new series including the music-technology series, AudioFile. They launched a nine-hour experimental news program called TechLive in April 2001.

There was also a show call Silicon Spin that was hosted by John C. Dvorak. My favorite shows were Call for Help and the Screen Savers. Both of these shows starred Leo LaPorte helping watchers with their computer issues. Patrick Norton joined Leo on the Screen Savers and they would get a lot more “techy” building computers from scratch and such.

X-Play was an excellent show with Morgan Webb and Adam Sessler that reviewed video games. TechTV merged with Comcast’s G4 in 2005. Some of the shows survived but with new hosts thus started their demise. X-Play continued on and they added Attack of the Show! with Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn in 2005. Others hosts were Kevin Rose, Sarah Lane, Zach Selwyn, Layla Kayleigh, Alison Haislip, Candace Bailey, and Sara Jean Underwood. Some of the great shows were when they would cover conferences like CES, ComicCon, and E3.

I enjoyed this program that reviewed new technology, aired parodies, discussed pop culture and general news, and gave previews of video games, movies, and digital media. It aired until 2013. Fresh Gear was a good show that kept you up with all the new gadgets out there.

G4 was taken off the air in 2014. They have brought G4 back in 2021 with the return of X-play and a form of Attack of the Show. I’m watching some of the shows so that will be for a future review.

I really miss the old shows like Screen Savers, Call for Help, and the original Attack of the Show! I’m hoping some of these new shows will fill some of my geek needs.



Personalities and List of Programs broadcast on Techtv

Leo Laporte
Kate Botello
Roger Chang
Yoshi DeHerrera
John C. Dvorak
Carmine Gallo
Ali Hossaini
James Kim
Kris Kosach
Pam Krueger
Chris Leary
Chi-Lan Lieu
Jim Louderback
Tom Merritt
Megan Morrone
Patrick Norton
SuChin Pak
Michaela Pereira
Bill Rafferty
Kevin Rose
Martin Sargent
Catherine Schwartz
Adam Sessler
Laura Swisher
Morgan Webb
Tammy Cavadias
Liam Mayclem
Peter Barnes
Erica Hill
Kris Kosach
Scott Herriot
Michaela Pereira
Chris Pirillo
Victoria Recaño
Becky Worley
Liam Mayclem
Tammy Cavadias
Sarah Jean Underwood
Sarah Lane
Zach Selwyn
Layla Kayleigh
Alison Haislip
Candace Bailey
Jessica Chobot

Call for Help (1998-2004)
Fresh Gear (1998-2004)
Internet Tonight (1998-2001)
The Money Machine (1998-2001)
The Screen Savers (1998-2004)
Silicon Spin (1998-2001)
TechLive (formerly ZDTV News (1998–2000) and TechTV News (2000–2001)) (2001-2004)
X-Play (formerly GameSpot TV (1998–2001) and Extended Play (2001–2003)) (2003-2004)
Zip File (1998-2001)
Big Thinkers (1999-2002)
AudioFile (2000-2002)
Dash’s Animation House (2000-2001)
Working the Web (2000-2001)
You Made It (2000-2001)
Titans of Tech (2001)
Anime Unleashed (2002-2004)
Eye Drops (2002)
Secret, Strange & True (2002-2003)
Body Hits (2003)
Conspiracies (2003)
Invent This! (2003)
Unscrewed with Martin Sargent (2003-2004)
Wired For Sex (2003-2004)
Nerd Nation (2004)
Beyond Tomorrow
Computer Shopper
CyberCrime
Digital Avenue
Future Fighting Machines
Living with the Future (international)
Max Headroom
Music Wars
Page View
Performance
Plastic Surgery (international)
Robot Wars
Spy School
Strange Science (international)
The Tech of
Techno Games
Thunderbirds
Tomorrow’s World


Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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