G4 (American TV network)

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G4 (also known as G4TV) was an American pay television and digital network owned by Comcast Spectacor that primarily focused on video games.[1][2]

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G4
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide
Programming
Language(s)English
Ownership
OwnerComcast Spectacor
History
LaunchedApril 24, 2002; 20 years ago (2002-04-24) (original)
November 16, 2021; 14 months ago (2021-11-16) (relaunch)
FounderCharles Hirschhorn
ReplacedTechTV
ClosedDecember 31, 2014; 8 years ago (2014-12-31) (original)
November 18, 2022; 2 months ago (2022-11-18) (relaunch)
Former namesG4techTV (2004–2005)
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The network was originally owned by G4 Media, a joint venture between the NBCUniversal Cable division of NBCUniversal and Dish Network, and first launched on April 24, 2002. In late 2012, G4's studio programming ceased in preparation for a planned relaunch as Esquire Network, as part of a licensing deal with Hearst Corporation, owner of Esquire magazine. Esquire Network would ultimately replace Style Network instead, on September 23, 2013.[3] G4 announced in November 2014 that it would end all operations.[4][5][6] The network was shut down on New Year's Eve 2014. By August 2013, it was reported that approximately 61,217,000 American households (53.61% of households with television) were receiving the network.[7]

On July 24, 2020, a revival of the G4 brand was announced; the network relaunched on November 16, 2021.[8][9][10][11] On October 16, 2022, it was announced[12] that Comcast would soon be shutting down the network.[13] Its final day of operation was November 18, 2022.