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Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: 100101010011 <-- right about here
Insane since: Mar 2000

posted posted 06-01-2004 19:09

Well that's it as of last Friday TechTV is no more. For those of you that don't know, for the last 5 years I've been working for TechTV, first as Senior Production Engineer of the website. ( which is now dead) and most lately as the Lead engineer of the Interactive Television Group at TechTV.

The channel was bought by Comcast and merged with G4 a small video game related network already owned by Comcast. G4's management took over and everyone at TechTV based in San Francisco (280 people) was sacked as of July 6th. There were about 80 positions opened up at G4 in L.A. so there will be some carry over but for the most part this baby I helped shaped is dead.

Anyway as one of the partners I worked with said. "Sometimes a kick in the ass is a a step up" so it's time to move on. I'm not really worried yet about finding a new job. The market isn't that bad around here and actually right now myself and my other ITV cohorts are trying to start our own company which is pretty damn cool. (Speaking of which, has anyone talked to doc lately? If he's in SF we could probably use someone with his design/technical chops.)

Anyway just had to let go there.

.:[ Never resist a perfect moment ]:.

Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Gig Harbor, WA
Insane since: Feb 2002

posted posted 06-01-2004 19:57

I quite enjoyed TechTV, it had a ton of great programming on it. After all, I've watched The Screensavers since the olden days of ZDTV (admitedly, SS was what got me watching TechTV in the first place). At least 'Invent This!' & 'X-Play (formerly Extended Play (which was much better before Morgan started co-hosting, she can't even talk about video games to save her life IMO)) are still around...

Now G4, although of the occassional episode of Judgement Day or Icons were entertaining, but the rest is just trash (again, in my opinion).

And there's no forgiving the cancellation of Conspiracies. Seriously.

(Edited by njuice42 on 06-01-2004 19:58)

Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Houston, TX, USA
Insane since: Apr 2000

posted posted 06-01-2004 20:51

definitely sad to see it go, thought of you through all this too. sounds like you've got your head up tho, good luck with the new venture!


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Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Swansea, Wales, UK
Insane since: Aug 2001

posted posted 06-01-2004 21:45

Ah man, what a least you have a positive outlook, with that you can look back and smile and look forward and smile some more

Iron Wallaby
Nervous Wreck (II) Inmate

From: USA
Insane since: May 2004

posted posted 06-01-2004 21:58

:'( I loved that channel. Oh well, "stuff happens," as they say.

Best of luck, man.

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." -- Arthur C. Clarke
"Any sufficiently arcane magic is indistinguishable from technology." -- P. David Lebling

Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Inside THE BOX
Insane since: May 2000

posted posted 06-02-2004 14:14

No more Kat??

Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: beyond the gray sky
Insane since: Apr 2004

posted posted 06-02-2004 15:26

oh man, I'm really gonna miss techTV.
used to be the only thing I watched back when I had satellite.
living in alabama, there's not alot of tech anything, that was some of the best programming out there.
I think I'll go huddle in a corner somewhere and cry.

...Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most (ozzy osbourne)

Nervous Wreck (II) Inmate

From: The Pool Of Life
Insane since: Nov 2003

posted posted 06-02-2004 15:29

Good luck with your new ventures my friend
Change can be very intimidating at times, but I know you will grow through this.

:::tao::: ::cell::

Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: buttcrack of the midwest
Insane since: Oct 2000

posted posted 06-02-2004 16:34

I, too will miss your old work at TechTV.
Looking forward to your new stuff.

All the best, bit.

Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: 100101010011 <-- right about here
Insane since: Mar 2000

posted posted 06-02-2004 17:59

Cat's show actually got canceled but I think she's going down to keep working on the ScreenSavers down in LA which is one of the shows that made the cut.

.:[ Never resist a perfect moment ]:.

Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Minnesota
Insane since: Jan 2001

posted posted 06-03-2004 00:19

I will really miss TechTV... I loved Call4Help and yes, I am a BIG Leo fan! Most of the new programming kind of sucks. I really do not like it at all. To me the whole channel was gutted, the main reason why I watched was for The Screensavers, Call 4 Help, Tech News and Anime Unleashed. It is good that they still have Anime Unleashed and Robot Wars though. But the new channel kind of bites the big one.

Good luck Bit.

White Hawk
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: the other side...
Insane since: May 2004

posted posted 06-03-2004 01:46

Really sorry to hear your bad news. It can't be nice to be denied the satisfaction of your work and time in such a careless manner.
That so many others could lose their livelihoods at once, under those circumstances especially, is just cruel.

...but it's good to have a positive outlook - you know you can look back on things with a shrug and a smile.

Good luck with all future ventures!


Onwards & Upwards..?

(Edited by White Hawk on 06-03-2004 01:59)

Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: :morF
Insane since: May 2000

posted posted 06-03-2004 03:51

I'm sorry to say I never saw TechTV...we don't get it overhere as gfar as I'm aware.

But still; redundancies suck arse.

Justice 4 Pat Richard

Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Vancouver, WA
Insane since: Apr 2002

posted posted 06-03-2004 04:21

That sucks =\

I never watched TechTV, never having cable or satellite, however.

However, when I could catch it, it was enjoyable.

War is Peace,
Freedom is Slavery,
Ignorance is Strength.

Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: New York City
Insane since: Jul 2000

posted posted 06-03-2004 05:02

good luck dude.

Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: Happy Hunting Grounds...
Insane since: Mar 2001

posted posted 06-03-2004 12:47

I have never seen it (don't know if it even made it to Germany). Good luck in the future. Sad to hear that your project has been gutted...nice to see you looking forwards, instead of dwelling in the past.

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