In what was a huge surprise to me, apparently G4 TV has bought the exclusive video rights for the show floor of E3. You remember G4 TV right? They are the tv network that was recently dropped by DirecTV when they announced this,
We are constantly evaluating our lineup in a new world where programming costs continue to rise at significant rates. Since G4 is among the lowest rated networks based on the latest Nielsen data, we decided that it made sense to focus on preserving programming that is more relevant to our larger customer base.
So a network that most people don’t watch now has exclusive access for all video coverage on the show floor. This means that not only can other TV networks not do any live video coverage of E3, but sites like Joystiq, Destructoid and even indie sites like ours are no longer allowed because of these rights.
G4 has basically bought E3 for the next few years, signing a deal that will grant it exclusive show floor video coverage. Basically, they get a 24-hour live feed and everybody else can leave their video cameras at home.
I fully agree with Jim on this. I don’t know how our readers feel about this but it really annoys me that a network has now shut off every single other blog and news outlet that used video (on the show floor) as a medium to cover E3, completely just shutting everyone else out, most of which whom put out better coverage then G4 TV does.
What are your thoughts on this? Are you happy to see G4 getting exclusive rights or are you going to miss the coverage that all the other sites were providing you?
Update: So this isn’t as new as I thought as it was an issue last year with at least one person, Leo Laporte of Twit.Tv was denied the ability to stream their coverage (via NeoGaf) last year. Now how well they enforce this, that’s fully up to the E3 staff as I know many sites that have done coverage in the past.