TWiT.tv

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TWiT.tv, which is the operating trade name of TWiT LLC, is a podcast network that broadcasts many technology news podcasts, founded by technology broadcaster and author Leo Laporte in 2005, and run by his wife and company CEO Lisa Laporte. 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. The network hosts 28 podcasts (as of July, 2020)[1] though the number had fallen in half to only 14 regularly scheduled shows by January of 2021.[2] Podcasts include The Tech Guy, This Week in Tech, This Week in Enterprise Tech, Security Now, FLOSS Weekly, and MacBreak Weekly. In addition to shows on technology news, TWiT also has podcasts like Hands-On Photography".[1]

TWiT.tv
TWiT.svg
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaWorldwide, via Internet
HeadquartersPetaluma, California
Programming
Language(s)English
Ownership
OwnerLeo Laporte
(TWiT LLC)
History
LaunchedApril 2005 (2005-04)
Links
WebsiteTWiT.tv; wiki.twit.tv
Availability
Streaming media
Live Webcasttwit.tv/live
YouTubeWatch Live

TWiT founder and owner Leo Laporte, in an October 2009 speech, stated that it grossed revenues of $1.5 million per year, while costs were around $350,000.[3] In November 2014, during an interview with American Public Media's Marketplace Leo Laporte stated that TWiT makes $6 million in ad revenue a year from 5 million TWiT podcasts downloaded each month, mostly in the form of audio, and that 3,000 to 4,000 people watch its live-streamed shows.[4] On March 18, 2015, prior to the filming of This Week in Google, Leo Laporte stated that TWiT expects to make $7 million in revenue in fiscal year 2015, and made "almost" $10 million in revenue in 2016.[5]

TWiT gets its name from its first and flagship podcast, This Week in Tech. The logo design originated from a traditional logic gate symbol of an "AND gate" turned on its side. Voiceovers are provided by Jim Cutler.[6]

Programming Edit

TWiT's podcasts are centered around technology and technology news. Hosts of the shows are usually experts in certain fields, either by working in the field itself or by being a journalist covering the field.

As of August 2019, there are 17 podcasts produced by TWiT.[7]

All the shows are available free to watch or download from the TWiT.tv website and are funded by cost per mille embedded sponsorship.[8] Most of the shows are livestreamed from the TWiT studio in Petaluma, California. TWiT's servers host the network's chat rooms using the Internet Relay Chat.[9]

On April 18, 2021, Leo Laporte announced a new paid tier called "Club TWiT" which allows access to member-only podcasts, ad-free podcast feeds, and a members-only Discord server.[10]

ShowsEdit

The TWiT Network is host to the following shows[11]

Show Hosts
This Week in Tech Leo Laporte
Security Now Steve Gibson, Leo Laporte
The Tech Guy Leo Laporte
Windows Weekly Leo Laporte, Paul Thurrott, Mary Jo Foley
MacBreak Weekly Leo Laporte, Andy Ihnatko, Rene Ritchie, Alex Lindsay
This Week in Google Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, Ant Pruitt
Tech News Weekly Jason Howell, Mikah Sargent
iOS Today Mikah Sargent, Rosemary Orchard
All About Android Jason Howell, Florence Ion, Ron Richards
Hands-On Tech Leo Laporte, Jason Howell, Mikah Sargent, Ant Pruitt
This Week in Enterprise Tech Louis Maresca, Brian Chee, Curt Franklin, Brian McHenry, Heather "Mo" Williams
FLOSS Weekly Doc Searls
Hands-On Photography Ant Pruitt
Smart Tech Today Mikah Sargent, Matthew Cassinelli

Retired ShowsEdit

The following are the shows that have been retired from the network:[12]

Show Hosts Notes
Abby's Road Abby Laporte
Android App Arena Jason Howell
Ask The Tech Guy Leo Laporte
Before You Buy Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, Leo Laporte
Coding 101 Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, Louis Maresca
Dr. Kiki's Science Hour Dr. Kiki Sanford
FrameRate Brian Brushwood, Tom Merritt
FourCast Tom Merritt, Scott Johnson
Futures in Biotech Marc Pelletier
Game On! Brian Brushwood, Veronica Belmont
Green Tech Today Becky Worley, Dr. Kiki Sanford
Hands-On Android Jason Howell
Hands-On iOS Mikah Sargent
Hands-On Mac Leo Laporte
Hands-On Wellness Ant Pruitt
Ham Nation Bob Heil, Gordon West, George Thomas, Don Wilbanks, Valerie Hotzfeld, Amanda Alden, Dale Puckett will continue outside of TWiT[13]
Home Theater Geeks Scott Wilkinson
iFive for the iPhone Megan Morrone
Jumping Monkeys Megan Morrone, Leo Laporte
Know How... Jason Howell, Sam Machkovech
MacBreak Leo Laporte, Kendra Arimoto, Emery Wells, Merlin Mann, Alex Lindsay
Marketing Mavericks Tonya Hall
Maxwell's House Ray Maxwell
Munchcast Leo Laporte, Cammy Blackstone
net@night Leo Laporte, Amber MacArthur
NSFW Show Brian Brushwood, Justin Robert Young
OMGcraft Chad (OMGchad) Johnson
Padre's Corner Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ
redditUP Sarah Lane, Chad (OMGchad) Johnson
Roz Rows the Pacific Roz Savage
Science News Weekly Dr. Kiki Sanford
Tech News 2Night Megan Morrone
Tech News Today Megan Morrone, Jason Howell
The Giz Wiz Dick DeBartolo, Chad (OMGchad) Johnson
The Laporte Report Leo Laporte
The New Screen Savers Leo Laporte
The Social Hour Sarah Lane, Amber MacArthur
This Week in Computer Hardware Patrick Norton, Sebastian Peak
this WEEK in FUN Sarah Lane, Martin Sargent
This Week in Law Denise Howell, Stefan Szpajda
This Week in Radio Tech Kirk Harnack
This Week in YouTube Chad (OMGchad) Johnson, Lamarr Wilson
Trey's Variety Hour Trey Ratcliff
Triangulation Leo Laporte, Jason Howell, Mikah Sargent, Denise Howell after 427 shows, put on hiatus December 27, 2019[14]
TWiT Photo Leo Laporte, Catherine Hall
Valley of Genius Leo Laporte, Adam Fisher

LitigationEdit

In May 2017, Twitter announced that it would deliver original video content on its platform. Lawyers from TWiT believed this violated a spoken agreement between Leo Laporte and Twitter co-founder Evan Williams made in 2009, and infringed on TWiT's trademark. TWiT tried to informally resolve the trademark issue, and in January 2018 filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Twitter.[15]

In March 2018 Twitter filed a motion to dismiss.[16] On May 30, 2018, US Magistrate Judge Jaqueline Scott Corley granted Twitters' motion to dismiss the case. The judge found that TWIT's discussions with Twitter "do not support a plausible inference that Twitter agreed to never offer audio or video content under the Twitter brand."[17]

AwardsEdit

  • This Week in Tech was the recipient of the 2005, 2008, and 2010 People's Choice Podcast Awards in the Technology category and Best Video Podcast in 2009 and 2011.[18]
  • Tech News Today was the recipient of the 2012 International Academy of Web Television award for Best News Web Series.[19] It also won the People's Choice Podcast Awards in the Technology category in 2011 and 2013.[18]
  • Security Now was the recipient of the 2007 People's Choice Podcast Awards in the Technology category.[18]
  • 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.[20]
  • In 2011, This Week in Tech was named "Best Technology Podcast", and TWiT Photo was named "Best New Technology Podcast" by iTunes Rewind.[21]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Tech Podcasts from This Week in Tech - TWiT". TWiT.tv. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  2. ^ "Tech Podcasts from This Week in Tech - TWiT". TWiT.tv. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  3. ^ "Leo Laporte Makes $1.5 Million Per Year from Podcasting [Video]". Mashable. October 3, 2009. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  4. ^ "Podcasting's audience (and its profits) are growing". American Public Media. November 6, 2014.
  5. ^ "This Week in Google episode 414". TWiT.tv. July 19, 2017. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "This Week in Tech episode 483". TWiT.tv. November 6, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  7. ^ "TWiT Shows". TWiT.tv. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  8. ^ Andrew Keen interviewed on the TV show Triangulation on the TWiT.tv network
  9. ^ Kalish, Jon (October 3, 2016). "Geek Squad? Nah, Try TWIT's Chat Rooms". PCMag. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  10. ^ "Club TWiT". TWiT.tv. April 18, 2021. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
  11. ^ "Podcasts".
  12. ^ "TWiT Shows Retired". TWiT.tv. TWiT. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  13. ^ Laporte, Leo Laporte Lisa. "Changes at TWiT for 2021". TWiT.tv. Retrieved January 20, 2021.
  14. ^ Laporte, Leo Laporte Lisa. "Four New Shows, Leo Returns to CES, Smart Tech Today Adds Video, and Triangulation Cancelled". TWiT.tv. Retrieved January 20, 2021.
  15. ^ England, Rachel (January 17, 2018). "Twitter faces trademark infringement lawsuit from podcast network". Engadget. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  16. ^ "Motion to Dismiss: TWiT LLC vs. Twitter Inc. Case: 3:18-cv-00341-JSC" (PDF). Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  17. ^ "Case Dismissal: TWiT LLC vs. Twitter Inc. Case: 3:18-cv-00341-JSC". Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  18. ^ a b c "Podcast Awards - Past Winners". Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  19. ^ "Winners From The 2012 IAWTV Awards Held At CES In Las Vegas Jan. 12, 2012". International Academy of Web Television. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  20. ^ "Geeks Among iTunes Best Podcasts of 2010". Sound & Vision. December 10, 2010. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  21. ^ "The Year in Podcasts – best of 2011 from iTunes Rewind". 1x57.com. December 23, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2018.

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