Game over for Germany's Giga TV

Gamers channel could still be sold to competitor

BERLIN -- It's game over for Giga TV, the free-to-air gamers channel controlled by German pay TV group Premiere. The money-losing network will be shut down by the end of the month.

Sources near the company suggested Premiere could try and sell Giga but so far no deal has emerged.

The channel, originally launched in 1998, has been on life support since Premiere bought it from NBC. After booking a loss of some $340 million last year, Premiere decided it cannot afford Giga as it focuses on its core pay TV business.