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G4 is a cable and satellite television channel geared toward viewers aged 12-34 and devoted to the world of video games and the people who play them. G4 launched in April 2002. It is headquartered in Los Angeles, California and owned by G4 Media (which, in turn, is owned primarily by Comcast). G4 is available in 50 million cable and satellite homes nationwide.

G4 stands for the four generations of video games (text, sprites, polygons and textures) and the four video game platforms (personal computer, arcade, home console and handheld).

TechTV Merger

On March 25, 2004, G4 announced a merger with TechTV, creating a new entity called G4techTV. This caused high amounts of mixed sentiment among viewers of both channels, seeing the removal of several shows and the layoff of many employees. On February 15, 2005, less than a year after the merger, TechTV was officially dropped from the network's name. The channel is once again called G4, with the new subtitle Video Game TV.

G4techTV Canada

G4techTV Canada is co-owned by G4 Media, Rogers Media, and Shaw Communications. Because of the co-ownership and licensing with the CRTC as a technology-related channel, the rename of February 15, 2005 has not yet taken effect in Canada.

Though G4techTV Canada and its United States counterpart share most of the same programming, there are differences. The most notable is Call for Help 2.0, a reincarnation of the original Call for Help. Due to CRTC restrictions, Anime Unleashed is not aired in Canada.

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