Features

Games networks play

National | Will red-blooded American males watch a cable channel dedicated to video games?

Issue: "Supreme warning," July 5, 2003

Will red-blooded American males watch a cable channel dedicated to video games? Comcast, America's biggest cable TV operator, hopes so-and is pouring $150 million into G4, a network that carries a full schedule dedicated to these high-tech diversions. G4 is the visual version of those gaming magazines sold in supermarkets: lots of pictures, reviews, tips, and news. The network also plays off its website, including a live show where hosts answer questions off the Web.

The channel reaches about 11 million people right now, but G4 faces many of the same issues as Tech TV, an all-computing channel that has struggled for several years. Also, will G4 be able to offer what gamers already get from each other over the Web?

Still, G4 shows the power of the video-game business. With game sales of $10 billion a year, the industry has spawned numerous magazines and countless websites. Many conventional computer stores-especially those in malls-give less and less space to PC products and more and more to game consoles.

We see you’ve been enjoying the content on our exclusive member website. Ready to get unlimited access to all of WORLD’s member content?
Get your risk-free, 30-Day FREE Trial Membership right now.
(Don’t worry. It only takes a sec—and you don’t have to give us payment information right now.)

Get your risk-free, 30-Day FREE Trial Membership right now.

Comments

You must be a WORLD member to post comments.

    Keep Reading

     

    Gracepoint

    The primary difference between the brilliant British series Broadchurch

    Advertisement