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Cable TV giant Comcast Corp. has swallowed San Francisco’s TechTV. A team of lawyers from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius’ New York, San Francisco and Palo Alto, Calif., offices helped TechTV navigate the deal. The small cable network, which is devoted exclusively to technology, is being folded into Comcast’s G4 network. Based in Los Angeles, G4 covers video games and the people who play them. The companies did not disclose the terms of the deal, but media reports said the price tag was close to $300 million. Announced in March, the merger closed this week. For TechTV employees the merger was the end of an era. Last week the 6-year-old company fired its 205 employees, giving them 60 days’ notice. David Shane, a G4 spokesman, said 80 of the employees would be given the opportunity to join G4 in Los Angeles. Christopher Jensen, a partner at Morgan, Lewis’ New York office, led the TechTV team, along with San Francisco associate J. Taylor Browning. Employee benefits partners S. J. DiBernardo and Mark Boxer, labor and employment senior counsel Karen Peteros, and corporate associate Elizabeth Yee, all based in the firm’s San Francisco and Palo Alto offices, assisted on the transaction. William Taylor and William Aaronson, partners at Davis Polk & Wardwell’s New York headquarters, represented Comcast. And Stephen Hamilton, a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, represented Vulcan Inc., which owns TechTV. Comcast said in a release that the acquisition would “create a network that complements Comcast’s growing content portfolio and expands G4′s distribution.” The combined channel is to be available to 44 million cable and satellite customers nationwide. Comcast said the G4 network was launched in 2002 for the 145 million gamers in the United States who spend upwards of $11 billion annually on video games. G4 reaches 15 million cable homes nationwide while TechTV is available in 43 million homes. TechTV debuted in 1998 as Ziff-Davis TV (ZDTV). Vulcan, the investment and project management firm founded by Paul Allen, initially purchased a one-third interest in the cable channel from Ziff-Davis and in 2000 bought the remaining two-thirds of the company.

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