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G4 Dropped by DirecTV, No One Cares November 1, 2010

Posted by Maniac in Editorials.
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Satellite provider DirecTV has announced starting today they will no longer carry the G4TV station.  Because of this, starting today their subscribers will no longer be able to watch 24 hour reruns of Cops and Cheaters, much to the contrary position of G4’s wishes.

I’ve been playing very close attention to the comments section of most of the news articles being posted up about the decision DirecTV made to drop G4TV from their lineup, and they do not agree at all with what most of the articles proclaim or what G4 wishes to be known.

The internet has pegged G4 as getting a bad rap because of these proceedings and have been slamming DirecTV for what they claim are unfair business practices probably due to the fact that G4 is currently owned by Comcast, one of their competitors.

I myself have written about the downfall of G4, and it looks like I was right on the money.  DirecTV claims it’s the lowest rated station they provide and the cost to continue to carry it that G4 wanted was not justified given the low viewership.  I couldn’t agree more with this logic.

G4 used to be a good station.  I can’t stress that enough, and all the feedback I’ve read about this event seems to agree with that statement.  It has not been a good station since after the merge with TechTV.  Both stations had a perfectly unique lineup of shows which had a very dedicated viewership.  Once new management took control of the stations in the interest of changing the viewership to a much broader base, the station was completely wrecked and never recovered because they did this by either cancelling, shifting, or restaffing all of the well received shows leading to a viewership exodus which never recovered (and based upon the fact G4 hasn’t brought back any of the shows they produced that their former viewership watched it never will).

Without a strong lineup of unique well made shows (like what they used to provide) there is no incentive for someone to watch your station.  If no one watches your station then no provider will offer it.

Bring back your shows G4 or you might as well shut down.

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Playstation Rewards Beta Test Launches November 1, 2010

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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Sony has sent out their emails to the inital round of testers (mostly Playstation Plus and former members of their Gamer Advisory Panel (like me) ) to test out their new Rewards program.  Not many details are included with the beta membership, just access to select contests including a trip to CES (Consumer Electronics Show).  The system will be three tier, with rankings like Select and Pro but no details are provided as to how to rank up or what to do to rank up.  The only advice given is “just keep doing what you love”.

It’s the first rewards program I’ve ever seen that keeps the details a secret.  Usually they tell you “buy things” or “play things” to get the rewards but Sony just doesn’t seem to be doing that.  All in all, it’s a free program, if I get rewarded for anything I’ll be sure to post it up.

Microsoft Launches Xbox Live November Update November 1, 2010

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The November update for the Xbox 360 is being sent through Xbox Live to all Xbox 360s that log in today and every day past that.  The new desktop update brings an overhaul to the Xbox 360’s Graphic User Interface and brings support for the Xbox Kinect perphial which is coming out Friday.  The update is required to access Xbox Live.

The November Update requires three different download procedures, none of which should take more than 5 minutes each to download and install.  You will also need to agree to a NEW Xbox Live terms of service before logging back in to play online.

With the update also comes the new ESPN software which is free to download and weighs in at about 40MB.  You will also need to download a new version of the Zune Marketplace which weighs in at about 35MB.  I haven’t tested if a lot of the other software requires an update as well but I do know the Halo Waypoint is continuing on it’s current version without need of an update.

Also since it is November 1st, today is the first day of the 10 dollar rate hike of the yearly Live subscription, anyone wishing to renew their Xbox Live account for another year will now have to pay $60US instead of the previous $50 US.