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Slogan Netcasts you love from people you trust
Type of site Internet Media Station
Available language(s) English
Owner Leo Laporte
Current status Active, which is the operating trade name of TWiT LLC, is a podcast (though TWiT uses the term netcast) network run by technology broadcaster and author Leo 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. Currently hosts fourteen podcasts and several live streaming shows covering various topics including the internet, computer security, Microsoft, Apple, food and current technology news. 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 24th 2009, Leo said during the TWiG 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 and the logo design originated from a traditional logic gate symbol of an "AND gate" turned on its side.

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TWiT Live

Starting on April 30 2008 Leo Laporte began broadcasting live video from his cottage in Petaluma, CA at . The format at times is free flowing however 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 cottage if they are in the area. Production is handled by Leo himself using a NewTek Tricaster Broadcast streaming to flash video sites Stickam and and BitGravity for the main TWiT Live page. Viewers can interact with the show through either Ustream and Stickam's chat rooms or through an IRC chat room.

TWiT Live has been used to air live coverage of large tech events. Leo produced live coverage of the 2009 Apple WWDC complete with live leaked audio from the auditorium floor. The current record for coverage on TWiT Live is the "24 Hours of the iPhone" event, tracking the launch of the iPhone 3G around the globe as it went on sale in every timezone at 8am local. Leo stayed on air for the full 24 hours with only a few quick breaks. Calls were taken from people in line around the world, TWiT regulars, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Leo gave away 10 iPhone 3Gs during the broadcast complete with free audiobooks from

In January 2010, Leo Laporte and the TWiT team covered Consumer Electronics Show live from their stage in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. They covered 2 parties, Digital Experience Press Event and ShowStoppers Press Event live on though a in-house built wireless broadcasting rig using a tablet computer which connected a camera and 2 mics together and was streamed though EVDO and 3G cards. The broadcasting rig was made by TWiT's Vice President of Engineering, Colleen Kelly. The trip to Consumer Electronics Show was sponsored by Ford Sync, and Citrix's GoToMeeting. Audio and Video podcasts were made and published on iTunes and at It was the first time in a 6 year gap that Leo Laporte visited Consumer Electronics Show after the take over of TechTV. Leo Laporte also announced that he was hopefully going to be back at Consumer Electronics Show in 2011.

Current netcasts

this WEEK in TECH
The flagship netcast of the network, it features roundtable discussions and debates surrounding the latest technology news. It is casually referred to as TWiT, thus spawning the name of the netowrk built around it. The podcast was originally known as Revenge of The Screen Savers in reference to the original panel's former show, The Screen Savers, which aired on TechTV. After the first episode was posted Laporte received a cease and desist order from Comcast, owners of the intellectual property rights from TechTV, arguing it too closely resembled the defunct show's name. At one point it was offered in the most formats of any podcast on the network. These included a standard 64kps MP3, low-bandwidth 16kps MP3, Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), and Ogg Vorbis versions. However, Leo Laporte announced the ending of the Ogg Vorbis version in August 2009 and finally the AAC and low bandwidth versions in early November 2009. The reasoning was the time and energy it took to encode all the versions of TWiT wasn't justified by the number of people choosing to listen to the show in those alternative formats. Bandwidth for the 64kps MP3 is provided by AOL Radio, this hosting is free in return for a mention of AOL Radio. The other versions, like most shows on the TWiT Network, were hosted by CacheFly. The show is usually posted every Monday morning at 1am Eastern to minimize the impact on the hosting company's servers.
Security Now!
Released each Thursday, Security Now! consists of a discussion between Steve Gibson and Laporte about issues of computer security and, conversely, insecurity. It was the second show to premiere on the TWiT Network, launching in summer 2005. To date, it has not missed a single weekly episode since it began. Every second episode consists of listener questions and feedback. Quick mini-shows have been known to be posted if a breaking or important news story concerning security develop during the week.
The first of the shows to be broadcast live (via TalkShoe), net@night is hosted by Laporte and Amber MacArthur, and focuses primarily on the phenomenon of Web 2.0. It was originally known as Inside The Net until it was rebranded after its fortieth episode in the Fall of 2006.
Daily Giz Wiz
In this daily netcast, Laporte and Mad Magazine writer Dick DeBartolo discuss classic, strange and appealing gadgets. This program is also hosted by AOL Radio.
FLOSS Weekly
Currently hosted by Laporte and Randal L. Schwartz, with occasional assistance from Jono Bacon, FLOSS Weekly features interviews with key figures from the free software community.
Futures in Biotech
Futures in Biotech looks at emerging biotechnology and interviews prolific members of the field. It is hosted by Marc Pelletier.
Windows Weekly
Paul Thurrott and Laporte discuss Microsoft's software and hardware, including the XBOX 360 and Zune, in depth. Its first episode debuted in the Fall of 2006. It is one of the most popular podcasts on Twit.
Leo Laporte, The Tech Guy
Leo Laporte's syndicated weekend technology call-in radio show distributed by Premiere Radio Networks. Only ads read by Laporte are kept, station commercial breaks are cut out. Currently distributed on two-day delay at the behest of affiliate stations.
MacBreak Weekly
Mac focused netcast. With Alex Lindsay from and Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun-Times. It is a weekly netcast covering all things Apple.
A food focused netcast hosted by San Francisco radio personality Cammy Blackstone and Leo Laporte. Returned from Hiatus because it won the 2009 People's Choice Podcast Award Food and Drink category.
This Week in Law
Law-focused netcast featuring Denise Howell, Cathy Kirkman, Ernie Svenson, and John Palfrey. TWiL debuted on TWiT's feed during a week TWiT was not produced in the Fall of 2006.
Roz Rows The Pacific
Interviews with rower Roz Savage's voyage as the first woman to row solo across the Pacific Ocean.
Abby's Road
Hosted by Abby Laporte, Abby's Road is about teen issues and college. For teens, parents, educators and anyone else who's interested.
This Week in Google
Leo Laporte, Gina Trapani, Jeff Jarvis and their guests talk about the latest Google and cloud computing news. Recorded live at 6p Eastern/3p Pacific/2200 UTC on Saturdays and released later that evening as both a an audio and video podcast.
Dr. Kiki's Science Hour
A show with Kirsten Sanford about assorted science topics. The initial episode was aired on April 30, 2009 on TWiT Live. Recorded live every Thursday at 3pm Pacific/2200 UTC and is released on Saturdays.
Billed as 'TWiTs favorite mistake', NSFW hosted by Brian Brushwood of Scam School and Justin Robert Young, is an evolution of the BBLiveShow for the TWiT Live Network. Airs Tuesdays on TWiT Live and at 7pm PT and is also available in podcast form at
Maxwell's House
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 color science, photography and how current and former technologies work. Airs Thursday at 2pm PT (USA) on TWiT Live and is also available as a podcast.
This Week in Computer Hardware
A show with PC Perspective founder Ryan Shrout about processors, hard drives, and other types of high-end, consumer hardware. At the end of the show, Ryan often asks a trivia question and gives away a prize to a randomly selected person who emails him the correct answer. Airs Wednesday at 3pm PT (USA) on TWiT Live and is also available as a podcast.
Home Theater Geeks
Each week Scott Wilkinson, editor of and, along with one industry guest explores the technologies behind the perfect home theater experience. Airs Mondays at 2:15 PT, 2115 UTC on TWiT Live and is also available as a podcast.

TWiT Live shows

Currently three regularly recorded shows air on TWiT Live, both externally produced shows that are released on their respective websites.

East Meets West
A show with TechTV alumni Tom Merritt executive editor of CNET and Roger Chang senior producer at Revision 3, the show joined the TWiT Live network with show 172. The show discusses various topics such as tv, sports, technology, and politics. Airs Sunday after this WEEK in TECH at 5pm PT on TWiT Live, and is released in audio form at
PC Perspective Podcast
A show with the staff of PC Perspective talking about hardware reviews, news and prizes. Airs Wednesdays at 7pm PT (USA) on TWiT Live, and is released in audio form at PC Perspective.
With Heather Gold, Deb Schultz & Kevin Marks. TummelVision promises 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. " Airs Thursday at 7pm PT (USA) on TWiT Live, with the video availible to download at

Former TWiT Network netcasts

Jumping Monkeys
Jumping Monkeys was a netcast that focused on parenting in the digital age with Megan Morrone and Leo. 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.
Inside the Net
Inside the Net was a weekly netcast with Amber MacArthur covering new and interesting aspects of the Internet. It has been superseded by net@nite in the fall of 2006.
The Laporte Report
A feed of appearances by Laporte on other radio shows, such as Bill Handel on KFI and John Donabie on CFRB.
iLifeZone focuses on the Apple iLife suite and other Mac similar applications. The podcast moved to the podcast network Podango before ceasing production.
TWiT Fit
A Fitness show in which personal trainer, Al Scardino showed geeks some fitness techniques which can be used behind the desk. Aired Thursday at 1pm PT (USA) on TWiT Live, but has been discontinued.
This WEEK in FUN
Hosted by Sarah Lane and Martin Sargent, TWiF discusses funny news stories from the world of technology, as well as within mainstream media. Currently the podcast is available in audio form, but there are plans to release it as a video podcast. Host Sarah Lane announced on her blog that it would be going on hiatus for an indefinite amount of time.[2]

The following podcasts were joint promotional ventures with Pixel Corps. They were co-listed on both and the 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.
Mac focused video show. Filmed in 540p HD. The podcast is now hosted by Pixel Corps. This is the video brother of MacBreak Weekly on the TWiT network.


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