DirecTV drops low-rated G4TV

by Paul William Tenny

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Multichannel News is reporting that DirecTV is dropping G4TV from its lineup (h/t DSL Reports):

A spokesman for DirecTV said it is no longer negotiating and has no plans to return G4 to its subscribers at this time. "We are constantly evaluating our lineup in a new world where programming costs continue to rise at significant rates. Since G4 is among the lowest rated networks based on the latest Nielsen data, we decided that it made sense to focus on preserving programming that is more relevant to our larger customer base," the spokesman said.

This rasies one interesting question, and one important one.

Power Play
Comcast owns G4 and with their inevitable purchase of a controlling stake in NBC Universal, will become a very powerful company in a position to retaliate strongly against DirecTV if it wants to be petty and make this dispute ugly. It wouldn't be hard for Comcast to start withholding other channels from DirecTV unless DTV changes their mind. By the time DTV's carriage agreement with NBC rolls around, Comcast will be setting the price, not GE.

Digital Opportunities
With G4's ratings so low that it's being dropped from the country's largest satellite provider, and it's content so cheesy and therefore cheap to produce, this channel is ripe for online experimentation. The primary demo is young males who tend to be on the geek side of culture, the demo most likely to go online to watch video and find entertainment. Maybe Comcast should embrace change and take G4 online where it really belongs.

I really hope G4 doesn't have to resort to layoffs because of this. Even if this network doesn't interest you personally, it still employs a lot of people who work their butts off to create content they care about. Less diversity on television is always a bad thing, if you ask me.

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Hi there! I was just reading the info about DIRECTV and their decision to remove G4 from their channel line-up. I enjoy watching the shows that come on G4! I have to say they are pretty entertaining. I'm glad I subscribe to DISH Network so I can continue watching G4 and not to mention it's available in HD! As a DISH employee I can also tell you that DISH has over 200 national HD channels which is more than any other TV provider. You should really check out for more info.
Is only a matter of time how long G4 may last but they do have some renew shows like "Websoup" but that's arguably better than the brand itself.

True their ratings suck(for an awful long time) but I think it was only a matter of time before things started revealing itself. And with Olivia Munn(BTW, she too is getting a dose of reality) gone, the only thing G4 has going for them is on life-support. They are on a short budget and hardly waste any money and with Comcast merging with NBC, they gotta ante up their brand. True Comcast is the "boss", but DirecTV is a private enterprise that needs the demand of their customers; they could give a crap about what Comcast does; even NBC needs help.

But they going on-line is a waste of $$$ and revenue(I think because of competition). Comcast is strategizing how to market their brand in the next year with NBC to appeal to people and ratings. So is some very hard decisions that will take time to see. But as of now, even G4 petioning to call DirecTV's bluff ain't working and most likely it won't in the near future.

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