Comcast Buys TechTV

Very sad news this. While I will admit that TechTV has been going steadily downhill for sometime- they’ve lost or fired almost all of their original personalities, almost all of their programming is recycled BBC, the shows they have are incredibly amateurish- the station still has a place in my heart. If only they realized just how much potential they have in shows like Call for Help, The Screen Savers and XPlay instead of trudging up trash like Wired for Sex, Invent This! and Body Hits. Unscrewed could be good if they actually hired some writers, but as it stands it’s just cheap laughs and cheap sex. Who knows what happens now, maybe by next this time next year I won’t even be able to get it (or whatever form it eventually takes) because Comcast won’t let DirecTV have it at any kind of reasonable rate. Sigh…

Update: Leo Laporte is no longer hosting the Screen Savers. I am both relieved and upset by this. On one hand, Leo is a jerk and a pervert who annoys me to no end. On the other, he was one of the few professional media people on the show who has experience on the air and decent knowledge of the subject matter. Honestly I think Kevin and Pat might work nicely together, but Leo was a host. Pat is too angry to be any good and Kevin just doesn’t have what it takes. We’ll see. I will miss his even-handed informative interviews though. I will not miss his incessant interrupting of his cohosts, or his weird, hardly veiled sexual innuendo and downright sexism towards his female hosts. Sigh…

One thought on “Comcast Buys TechTV”

  1. Leo never bugged my the way he bugged you, even though I agree that he exhibits the behaviors you mention. But like you say, he is one of the few talented people on that network – and I mean that in broadcast friendly sense. Maybe tech tv had some plot to make their personalities more average joeie, then swung the pendulum the other way with adam sessler and those sears models they have on tech live.

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