CNET Video

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CNET Video
Type Online media content provider
Industry Mass media
Founded 2005
Headquarters San Francisco, California, U.S.
Products Video podcasts

CNET Video is a San Francisco and New York based web television network showing original programming catering to the niche market of technology enthusiasts, operated by CBS Interactive through their CNET brand and. CNET Video originated as the television program production arm of CNET Networks in the United States, producing programs starting in the mid-to-late 1990s. It was CNET Networks' first project. Technology-themed television shows produced by CNET Video also aired on G4 in Canada. CNET Video is a 2012 Technology People's Voice Webby Award Winner.[1] On July 24, 2013 CNET Video launched a new CNET Video+ app for iOSAndroid and Xbox SmartGlass.


Current programming of CNET Video consists of short-form video shot in-studio or in front of a greenscreen and long-form video productions made of packaged clips or new content. All current productions are distributed as podcasts and most programming is available for download at CNET, on the iTunes Store and on the CNET Videoapp for platforms such as Roku.

  • CNET Conversations, hosted by Brian Cooley, showcases interviews with tech luminaries about things happening in the world of technology.
  • CNET On Cars, hosted by Brian Cooley since September 2012, reviews the latest automobiles with an emphasis on technology offered on each vehicle. It usually features 4 segments. These segments can be: a review of a car, Smarter Driver, Car Tech 101, Top 5, Car Of The Future or a segment by Alex Goy of XCAR. Standalone car reviews air on the short-form show Car Tech, which is hosted by either Cooley, Antuan Goodwin, or Wayne Cunningham. Past productions involving car reviews include the audio Car Tech Podcast from 2007 and Car Tech Live from 2009 and also hosted by Goodwin and Cunningham.
  • CNET First Look features initial hands-on demos of gadgets by CNET editors. Gadgets of special interest are featured on Product Spotlight and past video reviews were featured on various podcasts under CNET's Crave brand.
  • CNET How To, hosted by Sharon Vaknin, Donald Bell, and other CNET editors, offers short do-it-yourself video instructions to common computer user tasks and gadget operation. How To also airs as segments in Always On and Apple related how-to's are shown in segments in The Apple Byte. Originally hosted by Tom Merritt, it also aired under the titles Hacks and Insider Secrets. CNET also uploads independently-produced instructional videos on YouTube also branded as CNET How To.
  • CNET Inside Scoop, hosted by Sumi Das and Kara Tsuboi, feature behind the scenes interviews about the latest tech developments.
  • CNET News, hosted by CNET editors usually Sumi Das and Kara Tsuboi, bringing important news stories with commentary.
  • Next Big Thing, hosted by Brian Cooley, is the show on CNET dedicated to all things future technology. It premiered on September 12, 2013.
  • CNET Top 5 counts down current trends in consumer electronics, tracking popularity, usage, or demand of certain. gadgets. Hosted by Tom Meritt from 2004 to 2010 and by Brian Cooley from 2010 to 2012, the weekly show is currently hosted by CNET editor Donald Bell.
  • CNET Update airs weekdays offering current daily tech news hosted by Bridget Carey. Carey previously hosted CNET's previous news program, CNET Loaded after the departure of long-time news reporter Natali Morris. Other news reports on CNET TV are hosted by Kara Tsuboi for CBS News on CNET News video segments or Inside Scoops segments.
  • Cracking Open, hosted by Bill Detwiler has him taking apart gadgets and checking out their inner workings.
  • Crave airs Fridays featuring CNET personality Steven Beacham providing a look at what is on Crave, The Gadget Blog
  • Device and Conquer airs periodically and is hosted by Brian Cooley, helping consumers understand current tech paradigms and trends.
  • Hooked Up is the only show on CNET that blends tech, with celebrities. It premiered April 24, 2013 on CNET and is hosted by Kevin Frazier and Brian Tong.[2]
  • Prizefight compares two of the latest gadgets as judged by a panel of CNET editors, hosted by Brain Tong, formerly by Veronica Belmont.
  • Rumor Has It rounds up the week's biggest rumors. It was formerly hosted by Emily Dreyfuss and Karyne Levy. Currently the show is hosted only by Levy. It originated as an audio talk show and is now a video production usually .
  • The Apple Byte airs weekly, hosted by Brian Tong, covering latest news, rumors, and reviews of "everything inside the world of Apple".[3] The show is the sister show to Googlicious.
  • Googlicious airs weekly, hosted by Brian Tong, covering latest news, rumors, and reviews of "everything Google that we can pack inside of a show each week". The show is the sister show to The Apple Byte.
  • The 404, hosted by Jeff Bakalar and Justin Yu and featuring Ariel Nuñez, Richard Peterson, and Bridget Carey, is an audio or video podcast talk show covering daily tech news and pop culture under the slogan, High Tech, Low Brow. It broadcasts from CNET's New York City CBS studios with live video feed on weekdays. 404 is the only remnant of the previous CNET Live format and spawned a short-lived video game review show preGAME, also hosted by Bakalar. Frequent guests include CBS MoneyWatch editor Jill Schlesinger and other CNET editors though the show has welcomed prolific podcasters and celebrities in recent years as its popularity has grown. In production since November 2007, it was previously co-hosted by Randall Bennett until May 2008 and Wilson Tang until February 2012.[4] Beginning at the start of May 2013, the two hosts have been implying that a move to a bigger studio might be in the works.[5] In December of 2013, the show actually moved into a brand new studio. The crew has also been hinting that a brand new show, hosted by Bakalar (with Yu producing) would hit in 2014.
  • XCAR, hosted by Alex Goy, is the sometimes considered a sister show to CNET ON Cars, while CNET On Cars takes a technology angle to cars, this is all about high-performance, classic and unique cars. The angle that CNET editor-in-chief Lindsey Turrentine gave it was "...we're getting the chance to put some of the world's most beautiful technology -- the automobile -- on a pedestal, showcasing it with stunning and creative camerawork and clever delivery."

Past shows and podcasts[edit]

Until Summer 2012, CNET Video streamed live programming on its subsite CNET Live, consisting of audio talk shows with video feeds, which also were distributed as podcasts. On March 23, 2012 CNET TV's flagship talk show Buzz Out Loud announced that it and most of CNET Live will be cancelled for more on-demand content.[6][7]

CNET Live audio/video talk shows[edit]

  • Always On premiered after the discontinuation of Buzz Out Loud, featuring CNET personality Molly Wood, and co-host/partner Jeff Cannata in seasons 3 and 4. The show usually had 4-5 segments placed together in one episode. These segments usually were: Unboxings, Road Tests, Future Tech, Torture Tests, Mini-Molly Rants and How-To. The program aired weekly and also in segments. The viewer mail segment at the end of the show originated from the former program CNET Mailbag also hosted by Wood.
  • Android Atlas Weekly aired weekly on Wednesdays, CNET editors Justin Eckhouse and Antuan Goodwin examined Android phones and devices.
  • Buzz Out Loud was a daily technology news talk show podcast from March 2005 to January 2009 and was produced weekly until its end in April 2012. BOL was hosted by Molly Wood, Brian Tong, and Stephen Beacham at its end and was also known for being co-hosted by Tom Meritt and Veronica Belmont. It spawned CNET TV's short-form video segment The Buzz Report which was hosted by Wood from May 2006 to April 2012.
  • Car Tech Live aired weekly on Thursdays August 2009 to April 2012. Brian Cooley, Antuan Goodwin, and Wayne Cunningham examined the latest technology in cars.
  • Crave aired Tuesdays as a weekly podcast hosted by Eric Franklin and Donald Bell, discussing the latest gadgets posted on the eponymous blog
  • CNET Labcast hosted by Dan Ackerman, Scott Stein, Julie Rivera, and Joseph Kaminski aired from September 2011 to March 2012 discussing product reviews on all consumer electronics. Labcast originated as Digital City which began October 2008.
  • CNET To the Rescue/The Real Deal, hosted by Rafe Needleman and Josh Lowensohn (formerly co-hosted with Tom Merritt) was produced on-demand and sometimes live weekdays, tackling consumer questions on tech
  • Dialed In discussed cell phone reviews, airing Wednesdays from August 2009 to April 2012 hosted by Kent German, Jessica Dolcourt, Lynn La, and Brian Bennett.
  • preGAME aired Tuesdays, discussing video game releases
  • Digital City aired weekdays; CNET editors discussed product reviews, In September 2011 it was replaced by CNET Labcast
  • Gadgettes discussed tech topics related to women, hosted by Molly Wood, Kelly Morrison, and Jason Howell.
  • MP3 Insider, hosted by Jasmine France and Donald Bell (formerly Veronica Belmont and James Kim), aired until May 2010.
  • Security Bites- hosted by Robert Vamosi, discontinued November 2008
  • Tap That App covered "the hottest apps in the mobile space" as told by various CNET editors. Tap That App aired monthly.

CNET Video video-only shows[edit]

Audio-only podcasts[edit]


Year Recipient Award Result
2012 "'CNET Video"' Webby Award for Technology People's Voice Won
2010 "'CNET Video"' Webby Award for Technology People's Voice Won
"'CNET Video"' Webby Award for Technology Won
2009 "'CNET Video"' Webby Award for Technology People's Voice Won

Former television productions[edit]

  • CNET Central was the flagship program of CNET Video and was hosted by Richard Hart and Gina St. John (later replaced by Daphne Brogdon). It aired from 1995 to 1999 on the Sci Fi Channel and USA Network in the United States. Individual segments were hosted by Desmond Crisis, Ryan Seacrest, and Hari Sreenivasan. Reviews of software and hardware were provided by John C. Dvorak in his "Buy It, Try It, Skip It" segments.[8] The show often ended with a segment called The Last Word featuring commentary from Dave Ross.
  • The Web explored the World Wide Web as an emerging facet of computing. Hosted by Sofie Formica and Justin Gunn, the show was an hour in length and included segments called The Hall of Fame and The Hall of Shame which showcased interesting and bizarre websites respectively. The show also interviewed famous tech celebrities such as Jerry Yang and David Filo, Todd Rundgren, and Thomas Dolby.
  • The New Edge was hosted by Ryan Seacrest, one of his first on-air jobs.[9] Unlike CNET Central and The Web, The New Edge was not nearly so focused on computing; it explored all aspects of science and technology, from Magnetic Resonance Imaging to gasoline powered blenders.
  • TV.COM was focused on the best the Internet had to offer. It was broadcast in syndication. Ron Reagan was a co-host.
  • Tech Briefs were 90 second tech inserts for local news media. They were hosted by Richard Hart. Later renamed Tech Reports.
  • Cool Tech showcased new gadgets. It was hosted by Desmond Crisis and Daphne Brogdon.
  • was originally hosted by Richard Hart and Gina Smith (later replaced by Sydnie Kohara) with Hari Sreenivasan as senior correspondent.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Webby Award. "CNET Video - The Webby Awards". Webby Award. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ Brian Tong (April 24, 2013). "Hooked Up: A backstage pass at the tech behind Cee Lo Green's stage show". CNET. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "The 404 Show". CNET. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Molly Wood (March 23, 2012). "Buzz Out Loud 1586: Announcing the end of Buzz Out Loud (Podcast)". CNET. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ Lindsey Turrentine (April 3, 2012). "The evolution of CNET video". CNET. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ "CNET TV - John C. Dvorak table of contents". Internet Archive. April 19, 1997. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ "CNET TV - The New Edge - host". Internet Archive. August 2, 1997. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 

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