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post #31 of 93 (permalink) Old 2008-03-07, 03:04 PM
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I had a feeling something might happen. I saw online that Australia's "How To" channel had dropped the show as of this week. With three core members leaving last month, I guess it gave them a chance to think about whether to continue the show.

It is rather surprising though since it was one of the core programs on G4TechTV. If they don't find some good content, that network will be dead.

Leo will bounce right back though.
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post #32 of 93 (permalink) Old 2008-03-07, 03:28 PM
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The Lab.. didn't air in the US so it wasn't core to the channel. It was good filler when G4TechTV US played content that couldn't be aired here in Canada. I suppose now it will just be more re-runs for us.


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rocket9, I thought it wasn't geeky enough most of the time. Guess that just shows that there is an audience for both types of presentation.

I'm not very happy with TechTV in general. I'd like to see a REAL tech channel that is aimed at adults and serious teens who want to learn about technology, not watch reviews of videogames. A fulltime channel with that focus should have enough air time for shows aimed at both the beginner and the more advanced viewers.

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post #34 of 93 (permalink) Old 2008-03-07, 04:49 PM
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The Lab was so much slower and honestly a lot lamer then the Screen savers or call for help.
Not surprised to see it go.
I didn't find the answers from phone questions were answered that well. The crew that was with Leo had no on camera personality.

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I love Leo. His personality was great and he had the persona like you know him. It was slow yes but he was quite smart especially in the world of apple.
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post #36 of 93 (permalink) Old 2008-03-08, 11:17 AM
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I'm not surprised its going, I thought the new show was rather boring compared to the glory days of call for help.

I hope they bring back call for help, but i doubt it'll happen.

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I subscribed to TechTV - before it was G4TechTV because of Leo Laporte and the original Call For Help and The Screen Savers. Then they sold the American station to G4 and it became so thoroughly awful as to become unwatchable. Now the American channel has pretty much dumped technology programming except for Attack of the Show and XPlay, but G4TechTV in Canada still has a mandate to do tech programming. Bringing Leo north first for the revived Call For Help and then for The Lab with Leo were Canadian content but also maintained the core mandate of the channel.

If there was a fault that you could find with The Lab with Leo it is that the show wasn't live to air - couldn't be really unless Leo wanted to move his life to Toronto or Vancouver from the San Francisco area, and who would want to do that? If I'm a caller I want my question answered right now, not in a couple of months when the show airs. That lack of immediacy hurt them in other ways as well. It's hard to talk about the latest software when it debuts a week after the last taping and the next taping sequence won't air for at least another month.

Still I will miss Leo and the show. I just hope that Rogers (and Shaw, the other Canadian partner in the channel) are able, and (more importantly) willing to come up with a Canadian show to take its place. Otherwise they may have one less subscriber.
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post #38 of 93 (permalink) Old 2008-03-10, 08:58 PM
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I am very disapointed in G4techtv's programming, the only show I really liked was this show because it was aimed towards technology and not video games like the other 90% of there programming is. Now the lineup is going to be just re-runs and re-runs. There's hardly any content at all on that channel anymore. They better shape up or I have a feeling the whole channel is going to crash into the ground
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post #39 of 93 (permalink) Old 2008-03-10, 09:05 PM
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I think the end of "The Lab" pretty much means they have decided to abandon the channel. I would not be surprised to see the channel sold to Corus or some other media outlet. Most tech savvy users find their info online and most other people just don't give tech TV programs a chance. Of course, it is not easy to find anything on the channel anyway.
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post #40 of 93 (permalink) Old 2008-03-10, 10:05 PM
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Not surprising. I really miss the old Tech TV shows like Screensavers and Call for Help. But the fact that these shows were cancelled so long ago shows how the popularity of an all out "tech channel" simply isn't there and that keeping such a channel on the air isn't financially viable.
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I'll miss it. Unless it's replaced with something similar I'll be dropping the channel. They'll probably have to do something to replace the Can Con.

I doubt Rogers will sell G4techTV.
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Leo has said that they plan to re-run The Lab episodes until the end of 2009 at least. So they'll have almost 2 years before they need to look for a replacement. From now until then, they'll have no cost to run the show but I'm sure the commercials will bring less and less money as the audience drops due to the stale content.

Why would you think that Rogers would definitely not sell it? Unless the channel is making lots of money, most companies dump what does not do well for them. Look at CTVglobemedia selling "CLT" last week.
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I dropped G4 in January, when CITY started to air the program. I record "fresh" episodes during the week on CITY Vancouver at 2pm EDT.
Apparently, Leo's content coordinator quit late last year and he has had to do most of the work himself. It shows. Where did Steve Gibson and all the other savy guests go? The content became so shallow and irrelevant that I fast forwarded through most of the guest segments. Pity.
Then again, it will be interesting to see what Leo can come up with at TWIT and CommandN is still going strong.

If you are looking for a replacement fix, try watching "Click" from BBCWorld. It is one tech news program that continues to improve even though it has been a fixture at BBC for quite some time. It is also available online weekly from here:

Just click on the player stream of your choice.
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post #44 of 93 (permalink) Old 2008-03-11, 09:50 AM
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I am saddened but not surprised. None of the TV networks seem to know how to run with this kind of content.

And as for those that feel that there is no market for it...

Every single person from the TechTV world has gone on to create content that now EASILY has viewership/readership/listenership well in excess of what the viewership on TechTV was.

Here is a short list of the spinoff result of the TechTV shutdown 3+ years ago:

Digg (Diggnation specifically)
TWiT (12+ podcast shows)
Cranky Geeks
Revision 3


There is very easily enough content in that list to run an entire TV network.
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