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TWiT Netcast Network
TWiT.svg
Launched April 2005 (2005-04)
Owned by Leo Laporte, TWiT LLC
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Worldwide, via Internet
Headquarters 140 Keller Street,
Petaluma, CA
Website http://twit.tv
Streaming media
Live Webcast TWiT Live, (Free, available in English)

The TWiT Netcast Network, which is the operating trade name of TWiT LLC, is a podcast (although TWiT uses the term netcast) network founded by technology broadcaster and author Leo Laporte and run by CEO Lisa Kentzell and News Director Mike Elgan. The network began operation in April 2005 with the launch of This Week in Tech. Security Now was the second podcast on the network, debuting in August of that year. Currently, the network hosts twenty six podcasts and several live streaming shows, covering various topics including Apple, Microsoft, Google, computer security, social networking and current technology news.

TWiT founder and owner Leo Laporte, in an October 2009 speech, stated that it grosses revenues of $1.5 million per year, while costs are around $350,000.[1] Later on October 24, 2009, Leo said during the TWiG (This Week in Google) show that revenues for the year would be closer to $2.5 million. Originally, the network started solely from his own funding as well as setting up a contribution system similar to the public radio model (but not tax-deductible). As the network has grown, a market for advertising in podcasts also developed, and most of the current shows carry advertising. On December 12, 2009, a message on the network's website stated that Leo was going to modify the company's funding: advertising would be used to run the company, and any contributions would go solely for his salary. However, this caused such a sudden increase in donations that he has unofficially stated he would limit how much he takes as income, and save the rest in a fund for future projects, such as a new studio.[citation needed]

TWiT gets its name from its first and flagship podcast, the popular This Week in Tech. The logo design originated from a traditional logic gate symbol of an "AND gate" turned on its side.

Bumper played at the beginning of every netcast on the TWiT Network

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History[edit]

The TWiT network was started by Leo Laporte in April 2005 after he posted a recording to his website, Leoville.com,[2] of him and other friends from TechTV talking about technology. Within days, the recording had been downloaded by thousands of people worldwide, and Leo started TWiT. As of 2014, the network has grown to over twenty six shows, and now has millions of viewers from all over the world. TWiT.tv employs over 17 people in full and part-time positions.

On July 24, 2011, the network moved from their former building, the "TWiT Cottage", which had been in use since 2004, two blocks north, to a larger building known as the "TWiT Brick House". The new building cost US$1.2 million.[3]

The TWiT studio[edit]

The TWiT cottage was the original studio where all of the TWiT shows were recorded and produced. The TWiT cottage was located at 8 Keller Street, Petaluma, California. The TWiT cottage accepted visitors from around 11 AM until 4 PM Pacific time, except for Mondays and Fridays, when they are closed to visitors.

The official move took place at 2 PM PDT on July 24, 2011. Dubbed "the TWiT Brick House," the name was conceived during a Daily Giz Wiz episode with Dick DeBartolo. This name derives from the fundraising bricks sold to defray part of the cost of building the new studio. The event garnered plenty of attention, and was live streamed via LiveU over 3G. CEO of TWiT, Lisa Kentzell took care of most of the arrangements. The 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) studio itself is only two blocks away from the original studio, the TWiT cottage, at 140 Keller Street, Petaluma, California.[4] The Brick House studio was designed by Roger C. Ambrose while camera and lighting design was created by Brent Bye. The building itself is the former home of BiAS Sound, as well as serving as a drug store, and was originally built as a furniture factory.

At the 2013 New Media Expo, Leo quoted revenue history for TWiT.

2005: $100,000 (donations);
2006: $300,000 (advertisements);
2007: $750,000;
2008: $1 million;
2009: $3 million;
2010: $4.5 million;
2011: $5 million;
2012: $5.75 million;
2013: $7 million (forecasted).

Awards[edit]

This Week in Tech was the recipient of the 2005, 2008, and 2010 People's Choice Podcast Awards Technology category. Tech News Today was the recipient of the 2012 International Academy of Web Television award for Best News Web Series. This Week in Computer Hardware, Home Theater Geeks, NSFW, This Week in Tech, MacBreak Weekly, TWiT Live Specials, iPad Today, Tech News Today, The Tech Guy, This Week in Google, and Windows Weekly were named Best of 2010 in Podcasts by iTunes Rewind.[5] In 2011, This Week in Tech was named to Best Technology Podcast and TWiT Photo was named to Best New Technology Podcast by iTunes Rewind.[6]

TWiT Live[edit]

Starting on April 30, 2008 Leo Laporte began broadcasting live video from his studio in Petaluma, CA at live.TWiT.tv . The format at times is free flowing, however it mostly serves as a live video feed of TWiT Network podcast creation. Guests usually appear via Skype for their respective podcasts, occasionally appearing via telephone when the Skype network has been down. Guests may also appear live in the studio if they are in the area. Production was handled by Leo himself using a NewTek Tricaster Broadcast in the old TWiT Cottage studios, but it is now handled by various specialist staff using a Tricaster 850 Extreme streaming to flash video sites BitGravity, Ustream.tv and Justin.tv for the main TWiT Live page. Viewers can interact with the show through TWiT's IRC chat room.[7] There is an approximate time delay of 10 seconds on the live stream.

Current netcasts[edit]

Show Genre Hosts Former Hosts Launch Date
Ham Nation[8] Ham Radio
  • Bob Heil (K9EID)
  • Gordon West (WB6NOA)[9]
  • Various guests
May 24, 2011
Before You Buy[10] Product review

December 15, 2011

Know How...[12] DIY,
How To
  • Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ[13]
  • Various guests

July 5, 2012

This Week in Enterprise Tech[15] Enterprise,
Business technology
  • Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ[13]
  • Brian Chee[16]
  • Curtis Franklin[17]
  • Various guests

July 16, 2012

iFive for the iPhone[18] iPhone

July 16, 2012

OMGcraft[19] Minecraft,
gaming

August 15, 2012 (April 1, 2013 as an official TWiT show)

Coding 101[21] Computer programming

January 23, 2014

Marketing Mavericks[22] Marketing

April 8, 2014

Android App Arena[24] Android Apps
  • Jason Howell[25]
  • Various guests
June 13, 2014

Former netcasts[edit]

Show Description Genre Hosts Launch Date End Date
This Week in YouTube[26] Lamarr Wilson and Chad Johnson explored the world of online viral video, including news, trends, and production tips. Lamarr now hosts a 4-6 minute show on the Mashable network called "YouTube Weekly".[27] Online video April 15, 2013 December 16, 2013 (on hiatus)
Frame Rate[29] Tom Merritt and Brian Brushwood discussed the development of online television and "cutting the cord". They now host it independently under the name "Cordkillers".[30] Cord Cutting November 10, 2010 December 16, 2013
NSFW[31] Brian Brushwood and Justin Robert Young's long running comedy show. Brian and Justin now host it independently under the name "Night Attack".[32] NSFW December 14, 2009 February 26, 2014
TummelVision[33] With Heather Gold, Deb Schultz & Kevin Marks. The show aimed to "explore the art of social engagement in culture, business and technology in the context of the social web, the Internet and the networked age." Lifestyle May 19, 2012 (on hiatus)
Jumping Monkeys[34] Jumping Monkeys was a netcast that focused on parenting in the digital age with Megan Morrone and Leo Laporte. Each episode featured an interview with someone from the world of technology who is also a parent. The hosts discussed interesting web sites from the three categories "spend, save, give" and read listener feedback. The show was 'on hiatus' for a number of months until Morrone confirmed on her blog that she would not return to the show. Parenting June 8, 2007 November 15, 2008
Inside the Net Inside the Net was a weekly netcast with Amber MacArthur and Leo Laporte covering new and interesting aspects of the Internet. It has been superseded by net@nite (now The Social Hour) in the fall of 2006. Internet November 29, 2005 See The Social Hour
The Laporte Report[35] A feed of appearances by Leo Laporte on other radio shows, such as Bill Handel on KFI and John Donabie on CFRB. [36] Technology news September 15, 2006 February 16, 2008
iLifeZone iLifeZone focused on the Apple iLife suite and other Mac similar applications. The podcast moved to the podcast network Podango before ceasing production. Apple iLife
TWiT Fit This netcast was a fitness show in which personal trainer, Al Scardino showed geeks some fitness techniques which can be used behind the desk. Fitness August 21, 2008 September 3, 2009
This WEEK in FUN[37] TWiF discussed funny news stories from the world of technology, as well as within mainstream media. Host Sarah Lane announced on her blog that it would be going on hiatus for an indefinite amount of time.[38] Comedy December 18, 2008 January 18, 2010
Roz Rows The Pacific[39] Interviews with rower Roz Savage's voyage as the first woman to row solo across the Pacific Ocean. It ended after she landed in Madang, Papua New Guinea, finishing her voyage. Voyaging June 3, 2008 June 4, 2010
Maxwell's House[40] An in-depth discussion with the former Lab with Leo Laporte segment host Ray Maxwell about how science applies to technology, with common subjects including aviation, color science, photography and how current and former technologies work. On June 24, 2010 it was announced that Maxwell's House 78 would be the final episode[41] and had been canceled due to lack of advertising. Science October 7, 2008 June 27, 2010
Current Geek Weekly[43] A show with TechTV alumnus Tom Merritt, former executive editor of CNET, and Scott Johnson at Frog Pants Studios, LLC,[44] the show joined the TWiT Live network as a weekly show in addition to thrice-weekly short format show. The show discusses five to six geeky and nerdy topics of the week from video games, science and math. The audio was released at currentgeek.com. It ended on January 14, 2011 as Scott and Tom decided to focus more on the Daily episodes instead, later morphing into segments on The Morning Stream. In 2014, they decided to revive it and host it independently on the Frog Pants Network.[45] Geek/nerd March 19, 2010 January 18, 2011
Munchcast[46] A food focused netcast hosted by San Francisco radio personality Cammy Blackstone[47] and Leo Laporte. Returned from hiatus because it won the 2009 People's Choice Podcast Awards in the Food and Drink category.[citation needed] It is currently on hiatus due to scheduling issues. Food and drink July 27, 2007 July 13, 2010
The Gillmor Gang
The Gillmor Gang was more focused on technology reviews. TWiT ceased carrying the show when Mike Arrington, during the June 6, 2009 show, accused Leo of compromised journalistic integrity for receiving a Palm Pre 5 day review unit.
FourCast
a show with TechTV alumnus Tom Merritt, former executive editor of CNET, and Scott Johnson at Frog Pants Studios, that ran from Aug 30, 2010 to June 11, 2012.[48] Merritt and Johnson would bring in two guests each week to discuss the future. Declining viewership and the hosts desire to focus on new projects lead to the show's cancelation.
Futures in Biotech
looked at emerging biotechnology and interviews prolific members of the field.[49] It was hosted by Marc Pelletier. It was cancelled in July 2012 due to low viewership and Pelletier's busy schedule.
Dr. Kiki's Science Hour
a show with Kirsten Sanford about assorted science topics.[50] The initial episode was aired on April 30, 2009. It was cancelled in June 2012 due to low viewership.
TWiT Photo
a podcast about photography, hosted by Leo Laporte and Catherine Hall (formerly Lisa Bettany).[51] It was cancelled in June 2012 due to lack of advertising.
This Week in Radio Tech
hosted by Kirk Harnack and regular guests Chris Tobin of CBS Radio, Chris Tarr of Entercom, and Tom Ray of Buckley Broadcasting, the show discussed the world of radio technology.[52] It was cancelled in June 2012 due to low viewership.
Green Tech Today
debuted August 4, 2010, Sarah Lane and Kirsten Sanford discuss green and environmentally friendly technology.[53] Unlike other TWiT shows, this podcast was filmed outside the TWiT cottage and uses pre-recorded segments. It was retired in 2011.
Game On!
Veronica Belmont and Brian Brushwood discussed and reviewed video games, with a LAN party (Named Shut Up And Play, and hosted by Glenn Rubenstein) thereafter.[54] It was cancelled after 13 episodes due to high production costs.
Late Night Tech
previously titled Tech Talkback, Late Night Tech consisted of Erik Lanigan taking viewer calls on the week in technology.[55] In November 2011, Erik Left TWiT on sour terms due to a misunderstanding between him and Leo Laporte, causing the show to cease. Not appearing on the TWiT website, archives are available on YouTube.
Abby's Road
hosted by Abby Laporte (Leo Laporte's daughter), Abby's Road was about teen issues and college, geared toward teens, parents, and educators.[56] It was cancelled in 2012 after Abby Laporte moved to college in New York.

Former TWiT Live shows[edit]

Three (formerly four) regularly recorded shows aired on TWiT Live, all externally produced shows that are released on their respective websites. These shows ceased recording on TWiT in July 2012, due to production costs on TWiT's end.

PC Perspective Podcast
A show with the staff talking about hardware reviews, news and prizes.[57] Aired Wednesdays at 7pm PT (USA) on TWiT Live, and was released in audio form.[58]
This Week in Science
Kirsten Sanford's Weekly Radio show on KDVS 90.3 FM.
Trey's Variety Hour
brought together people from all over the world to talk about photography, art, the future, and the dynamic nature of new culture.[59]
East Meets West
a show with TechTV alumni Tom Merritt, former executive editor of CNET, and Roger Chang, senior producer at Revision3, the show joined the TWiT Live network with show 172.[60] The show discussed various topics, such as TV, sports, technology, and politics. Live recording ended on TWiT in 2011 due to Tom's desire to not have the show scheduled weekly.

Pixel Corps ventures[edit]

The following podcasts were joint promotional ventures with Pixel Corps. They were co-listed on both TWiT.tv and the PixelCorps.tv websites, now only available on the PixelCorps website.

Inside the Black Box
Visual effects focused. Now hosted by Pixel Corps.
The VFX Show
Visual effects tips and tricks. Now hosted by Pixel Corps.
This Week in Media
A show focused on analyzing media and the change to New Media. Now hosted by Pixel Corps.
MacBreak
Mac focused video show and filmed in 540p. The podcast is now hosted by Pixel Corps. This is the brother of MacBreak Weekly on the TWiT network.

Show development[edit]

The following timeline gives an overview of TWiT shows and major changes through time - grouped into shows produced today, shows no longer on TWiT but still produced and shows no longer produced at all.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mashable.com
  2. ^ Leoville.com
  3. ^ Laporte, Leo. "This Week in Tech, Episode 311". Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "TWiT Brick House Wiki". 
  5. ^ "Geeks Among iTunes Best Podcasts of 2010". Home Theater. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  6. ^ "The Year in Podcasts – best of 2011 from iTunes Rewind | 1X57". 1x57.com. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  7. ^ http://irc.twit.tv irc.twit.tv
  8. ^ http://twit.tv/hn
  9. ^ http://wiki.twit.tv/wiki/Gordon_West
  10. ^ http://twit.tv/byb
  11. ^ a b http://wiki.twit.tv/wiki/Shannon_Morse
  12. ^ http://twit.tv/kh
  13. ^ a b c http://wiki.twit.tv/wiki/Fr._Robert_Ballecer
  14. ^ http://wiki.twit.tv/wiki/Iyaz_Akhtar
  15. ^ http://twit.tv/twiet
  16. ^ http://wiki.twit.tv/wiki/Brian_Chee
  17. ^ http://wiki.twit.tv/wiki/Curtis_Franklin
  18. ^ http://twit.tv/ifive
  19. ^ http://omgcraft.com
  20. ^ a b http://wiki.twit.tv/wiki/Chad_Johnson
  21. ^ http://twit.tv/code
  22. ^ http://twit.tv/mm
  23. ^ http://wiki.twit.tv/wiki/Tonya_Hall
  24. ^ http://twit.tv/arena
  25. ^ http://wiki.twit.tv/wiki/Jason_Howell
  26. ^ http://twit.tv/yt
  27. ^ http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSKUhDnoJjYkcDYY_2Ge7NXPx4dv-69xi
  28. ^ http://lamarrwilson.com/
  29. ^ http://twit.tv/fr
  30. ^ http://www.cordkillers.com/
  31. ^ http://twit.tv/nsfw
  32. ^ http://nightattack.tv/
  33. ^ http://tummelvision.tv/
  34. ^ http://twit.tv/jm
  35. ^ http://twit.tv/tlr
  36. ^ Radio Leo
  37. ^ http://twit.tv/twif
  38. ^ Sarahlane.com
  39. ^ http://twit.tv/roz
  40. ^ http://twit.tv/mh
  41. ^ Wiki.twit.tv
  42. ^ http://wiki.twit.tv/Ray_Maxwell
  43. ^ http://twit.tv/cgw
  44. ^ http://myextralife.com/frogpants/Frog_Pants/Home.html
  45. ^ http://myextralife.com/frogpants
  46. ^ http://twit.tv/mc
  47. ^ http://www.cammyblackstone.com/
  48. ^ http://twit.tv/fc
  49. ^ http://twit.tv/fib
  50. ^ http://twit.tv/kiki
  51. ^ http://twit.tv/photo
  52. ^ http://twit.tv/twirt
  53. ^ http://twit.tv/gtt
  54. ^ http://twit.tv/go
  55. ^ http://www.youtube.com/eriklanigan
  56. ^ http://twit.tv/abby
  57. ^ http://www.pcper.com/
  58. ^ PC Perspective
  59. ^ http://twit.tv/tvh
  60. ^ http://subbrilliant.com/emw

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