Changes @ TWiT

Monday, 2 July 2012, 9:44 am
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This month brings some changes to the TWiT lineup: a new live schedule, a farewell to some old friends, and three new shows.

First the bad news. I am canceling seven shows. I never like canceling a show, but I need to when audience numbers are too low to support them. It’s the part of the media business I like least, but it’s also necessary if TWiT is to continue. Every show I’ve ever worked on was cancelled eventually, so I know how it feels. This month we’ll be saying good-bye to:

Futures in BiotechFutures In Biotech with Marc Pelletier This is one of the longest running shows on TWiT. I think Marc plans to continue producing shows over at Vincent Racaniello’s TWiV network. Keep up with his plans on Twitter: @marcpelletier

Dr. Kiki's Science HourDr Kiki’s Science Hour and TWiS We all love Dr Kiki and hope to see her regularly for science coverage on other TWiT shows. I know she plans to continue TWiS, so follow her on Twitter for updates: @drkiki.

PCPer This is the official podcast of PC Perspective and will continue at their site. Ryan will continue doing This Week In Computer Hardware with Patrick on TWiT. Get updates at @pcper

This Week In Radio TechThis Week In Radio Tech Kirk Harnack and company do a great show, but it turns out not many people are as interested in radio tech as I am. Kirk is going to take the summer off then resume production so follow him for updates: @kharnack.

Trey's Variety HourTrey’s Variety Hour We all love Trey Ratcliff and he will continue to do his hangouts live, but we are going to save some staff time by not re-broadcasting them on TWiT Live. Follow Trey @treyratcliff or his site, Stuck In Customs

TWiT PhotoTWiT Photo As I’m sure you can tell this was a labor of love for both Catherine Hall and me. Iโ€™m not sure why it didnโ€™t gain traction; perhaps itโ€™s because you had to watch the video to appreciate it and most of our audience only listens. Iโ€™m hoping an angry mob of devoted viewers will force me to reconsider this one. Follow Catherine on her website.

Goodbye old friends – we’ll miss you for sure. But we’re using the resources freed up by cancelling these shows to produce three new shows, which will debut this month on TWiT.

iFive for the iPhone Sarah Lane will host this quick half-hour show devoted to the iPhone. iFive for the iPhoneEach show will feature five tips or apps to help you get the most out of your iPhone. We’ve been doing iPad Today and All About Android for more than a year now. I felt it was time to let the iPhone shine with a show of its own. iFive debuts Monday, July 16 at 11a Pacific/2p Eastern/1800 UTC.

Know How… with Iyaz Akhtar. Each week Iyaz and I will tackle a topic in computing and show you how to do it with hands-on demos. Know How...Whether it’s rolling our own cloud, securing your Wi-Fi, or building a PC, Know How… will show you how. Know How debuts Thursday, July 5 at 3p Pacific/6p Eastern/2200 UTC.

This Week In Enterprise Tech Enterprise guru (and Jesuit priest) Fr. Robert Ballecer (aka Friar Tech or @padresj) leads his team in solving the toughest enterprise challenges. This Week In Enterprise TechEach show will feature a case study and will describe the solutions top IT professionals use to get the job done. While it’s geared toward business technology, we’re going to make sure this show is loaded with information every geek can use. TWiET debuts Monday, July 16 at noon Pacific/3p Eastern/1900 UTC.

Finally, to fill the holes left by our departing shows, and to make our live recording schedule a little more user friendly we’re adjusting the start times for many shows starting July 2. The grid below shows you the live schedule at a glance. Reminder: this is only a change to the live schedule – on demand downloads will continue to be available shortly after the show is recorded.

The biggest change is that Tech News Today is moving to 10a Pacific/1p Eastern/1700 UTC Monday through Friday. Now Tom Merritt and company won’t have to wait for Leo, the perpetually late, any more. And we hope this will get you your daily tech news fix at a better time for your afternoon commute. Never fear, if news breaks later in the day the TNT team will be there to cover it.

You’ll see that The Giz Wiz is moving back to its old time, Tuesdays at 1p Pacific/4p Eastern/2000 UTC. Before You Buy, All About Android, and Ham Nation are moving, too.

We’re also moving a few shows to begin on the hour. I think it’s easier to remember a show that starts at 1p not 1:30p.

TWiT Live Schedule

The key to show abbreviations:

AAA = All About Android
BYB = Before You Buy
FLOSS = Floss Weekly
FR = Framerate
HAM = Ham Nation
HTG = Home Theater Geeks
iFIVE = iFive for the iPhone
iPT = iPad Today
KH… = Know How…
MBW = Macbreak Weekly
SN = Security Now
TNT = Tech News Today
TRI = Triangluation
TSH = The Social Hour
TTG = The Tech Guy radio show
TWiCH = This Week In Computer Hardware
TWiET = This Week In Enterprise Tech
TWiG = This Week In Google
TWiL = This Week In Law
TWiT = This Week In Tech
WDGW = Daily Giz Wiz
WW = Windows Weekly

Phew! Still reading? Thanks!

I know change can be a little disorienting, and I don’t like to do it too often myself, but I feel these particular changes will help TWiT do a better job giving you the tech news and info you need. I wrote a little mission statement for myself, to remind me what we’re all about here:

TWiT aims to build and sustain an engaged community of technology enthusiasts by offering them the help, news, and information they need to understand and use digital technology.

The TWiT team and I work every day to fulfill this mission. We care about the work we do, and do everything we can to serve you. Thank you for your continued support. I hope we’ll meet at the Brick House some day.


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93 Responses to “Changes @ TWiT”

  1. Kirby on July 2nd, 2012 6:24 pm

    Thanks for a great network Leo.

  2. Simon Ringsmuth on July 2nd, 2012 6:27 pm

    Pruning hurts, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Thanks for keeping the best Podcast…erm…Netcast network alive and well, Leo!

  3. JudaZ on July 2nd, 2012 6:27 pm

    to bad …great shows cancelled ..for yet another Apple show…  When will there we this week in Windows, This week in Linux, this week in Windows Phone. ?   If you starting a new show about Apple …why not call it  This week in Apple Lawsuites  TWAL :)   

  4. Ernie Ayres on July 2nd, 2012 6:30 pm

    As long as you don’t mess with Security Now!!

    Thanks for the great shows and info.

  5. JudaZ on July 2nd, 2012 6:30 pm

    love the shows and the TWiT    and like Sarha a lot , but i cant help to hope somewhere iFIVE will fail miserable . so you can repalce it with something interesting .. like science :)   

  6. Pratik Patel on July 2nd, 2012 6:33 pm

    Well there’s Windows Weekly, FLOSS Weekly, and again Windows Weekly for Windows Phone with any big announcement being covered by TNT and TWiT. 

  7. Pratik Patel on July 2nd, 2012 6:35 pm

    Apparently not many twit listeners or advertisers find science interesting enough. On the other hand, Macbreak Weekly and iPad Today are doing great!

  8. Jim Dempsey on July 2nd, 2012 6:40 pm

    I’m sure that the moment Leo gets confirmation that anything exciting is happening, or anyone in the world cares what’s happening in the world of Linux, Windows or Windows Phone – Leo will create a show for it!  ๐Ÿ˜›

  9. Maurice del Prado Jr on July 2nd, 2012 6:46 pm

    So excited about the new “This Week in Enterprise Tech”!  I work in storage manufacturing for a large TLA company and am eager to listen to this podcast.  Thanks, Leo.

  10. Jeremy Hall on July 2nd, 2012 6:47 pm

    This Week In Enterprise Tech is going to be the best thing on the TWiT network Leo.  I have been waiting for more high level content since TWiT began!

    As a side note, do you think at some point we can get a coding show going on the network?  How cool would it be to have a show that each month you build an application or web app that is useful in everyday use?!  I think that would be the coolest!

  11. Russ Neal on July 2nd, 2012 6:49 pm

    Thanks for the update, just not sure you can cover Tech News Today at 10AM Pacific Time.  More like Tech News Yesterday? Would have rather seen TNT stay at it’s time to get the majory of the days news.

  12. Mike Lewis on July 2nd, 2012 6:54 pm

    Leo, I applaud you for the hard work being done every day by you and the staff at TWiT. You can’t make everyone happy, but the changes are necessary and I’m okay with them. I’m just going to share my thoughts on the schedule because…I can.

    I never listened to BOL. It came on too early. By the time I got the podcast the next morning for my commute, the news was stale. I enjoyed coming home on the east coast and watching TNT. I understand the move, but now there’s no way I’m going to watch the show unless it’s really quiet at my work.

    I do like that there are some shows on the 6PM hour here on the west coast. I now will be watching Framerate, which I did not before, BYB’s taping, etc. My other favorite shows I will continue to download and I’ll continue to watch you on Saturdays and Sundays live as much as I can.

    From 5-9PM Eastern, I will watch all kinds of live programming, if it’s on. If it’s not live, I’ll just go watch something else. I hope eventually you can gauge your live viewers and continue to accomdate them as best as you can. I know you’re a live global channel, so it’s tricky and I get it. Just my thoughts.

  13. Steve Unwin on July 2nd, 2012 6:55 pm

    It’s ok.  Nothing will compare with the heartbreak I experienced when you took Ray Maxwell off the air ๐Ÿ˜€

    Seriously tho, more exposure for Friar Tech and Iyaz is a fantastic thing.  Looking forward to their shows.

  14. James Thatcher on July 2nd, 2012 6:56 pm

    Actually Russ, this has been covered about 3 million ways since it first broke they were thinking about it… I would recommend reading his G+ post and reaction to comments

  15. James Thatcher on July 2nd, 2012 6:57 pm

    sorry – his = Tom Merritt not Leo… 

  16. James Thatcher on July 2nd, 2012 6:59 pm

    Actually I thought about this too (wow, am I turning into a posting nut or WHAT today)… I actually think I’ll like it better to have TNT in the can and on my pocketcasts catcher before I go home because it lets me listen to stuff in an uninturrupted stream rather than ***buffering*** which can be rather adgitating as you ***buffering*** wait to actually find out what was said on the ***buffering*** show. So I like the change personally :)

  17. Leo Laporte on July 2nd, 2012 7:10 pm

    We do do a show on Windows, Windows Weekly Thursdays at 11a Pac/2p Eastern, and the host, Paul Thurrott wrote the most authoritative book on Windows Phone 7, so I think it’s very well covered. Weekly!

  18. Leo Laporte on July 2nd, 2012 7:11 pm

    The next round of show launches will be in the fall and I’m working on a show for developers. It’s a challenging topic so I’ll need to come up with something original. 

  19. Leo Laporte on July 2nd, 2012 7:13 pm

    Audio and video on-demand is still our bread and butter and will be for the forseeable future. We air our sessions live mostly because it’s fun. 

  20. Leo Laporte on July 2nd, 2012 7:15 pm

    Tom and I talked about this a lot. Buzz Out Loud was at 10a – and we originally avoided the time so as not to conflict with them. It’s been his experience that you don’t miss much – remember it’s already early afternoon on the east coast. Just earnings calls. And we will always cover breaking news whenever it happens. I consider the TNT team our news department. 

  21. James Thatcher on July 2nd, 2012 7:25 pm

    that and you like having an external database of the chat room :) and we like being able to interact with you! 

  22. Rick Ewing on July 2nd, 2012 7:32 pm

    Change is never easy and I will especially miss Dr. Kiki’s shows.  There are too few outlets for pure science, especially in a place like TWiT that’s fairly mainstream to the podcasting world.  Since my wife got her Ph.D. in May, I’ve had a deeper respect for what Kiki did in her her academics.  Even better was her ability to ask the right questions over a broad range of scientific topics.  I lok forward to listening to her wherever she lands.

  23. Jim Baldwin on July 2nd, 2012 7:37 pm

    Your TWiT Mission Statement should go beyond the engaged “technology enthusiast”.  TWiT fills a void for the novice and the technology challenged.  TWiT is the best of the breed distributing a world of knowledge quite literally to the whole world.  And I, for one, Thank You for all you do to go over and above everyone’s expectations.

  24. Dain Miller on July 2nd, 2012 7:50 pm

    Thanks for the update leo, and although it is sad seeing old friends leave we will always support you and what you’re doing.  Though I must say something.  Dr.  Kiki we appreciate your work to disseminate science, and we love you for it.  Science is a fascinating and inspiring world, and it is hard to get into – but over the years Dr. Kiki has changed my thoughts on that, and I appreciate you so much for that.  I also loved the passion you and your team brought to photography Catherine and Leo.  As well as all the other shows you’ve done.  Thank you so much guys. You’ve changed how I view internet broadcasting, and we all love you for it.

  25. Jake Bechtold on July 2nd, 2012 8:00 pm

    I’m dissapointed to hear TWIRT had to go, but that’s just way it goes I guess (and you gotta admit, TWIRT has rather niche kind of audicence). I’m looking forward to your new show with Iyaz! Keep up the great work Leo!

  26. Christian Wainright on July 2nd, 2012 8:07 pm

    Business is business, and I hope you continue to evolve to keep your network growing!  Like others, I’m excited for TWiET.  “Friar Tech” has done a great job on his TWiT appearences.

  27. emelano on July 2nd, 2012 8:10 pm

    The fact that Leo tells us what’s going in speaks so highly about his continued commitment to the TWIT-network in general and his attitude since the ZDTV days (and probably way before). I came to the USA around the time ZDTV>TechTV was at its most popular and not having had anything like it in the UK, I was mindblown. 10+ years later I am still mindblown what Leo does with his team. I have nothing but admiration for the effort he puts in to provide us all with good honest content. Thank you Leo + team. 

  28. Sanstrom on July 2nd, 2012 8:22 pm

    The openness that you have with your audience is great.  Just an assumption but I think maybe you are this way because you can be and because of your past.  I remember when techtv cancelled your shows and you were just gone.  I was all silence and no one knew what was going on.  Like no one would notice or something.  Being honest and candid is also good for the hosts of the show.  They know this stuff is newer and there has to be revenue to even pay our production staff to be there…to keep the lights on.  This isn’t motel 6.  At any rate good on you once again for telling your audience the truth.  I will watch as I always have.  I watch your network more than anything else.  My tv hates you.  I love you.  not in that way :)  Although that’s ok.

  29. Sanstrom on July 2nd, 2012 8:23 pm

    man my grammar sucks. :)

  30. Brian Foster on July 2nd, 2012 8:27 pm

    I had high hopes for TWiT Photo, especially after Catherine replaced the seemingly more self-promoting Lisa Bettany.  It seems the long, stale interview format was not exactly what most of us were hopeful for.  I have no doubt a photography show would perform great on TWiT if you’d focus more on demo’s.

  31. rseiler on July 2nd, 2012 8:42 pm

    You think it can’t be improved, or do you just mean the timeslot?  Steve’s 20 or 30-minute monologues aren’t good radio/TV, IMO. Remember the time Iyaz filled in?  He was too polite to outright say it, but let’s be serious here, Steve might have broken all records that day and seemed perplexed over being asked to put a wrap on it sooner rather than later. It’s much better when it’s reasonably concise and more of a conversation than lengthy prepared comments. If the host could actually leave the building, grab lunch and come back without Steve noticing, it’s probably too much.

  32. Lance Seidman on July 2nd, 2012 8:44 pm

    Hi Leo,

     I am pretty bummed a Programming Show wasn’t adapted. I really think that would be engaging and have a SourceForge or better yet a GitHub for TWiT & let viewers and the hosts and/or guests work on the projects with the audience, take questions, talk about the latest in programming (languages, platforms, tools) and be an open source community, which in turn really brings on a whole new sophisticated audience.

    However, I do like the new time slots & really hope the videos get to YouTube as I can watch w/o Flash Plugin where that’s not possible on the TWiT site (Unless you make an HTML5 Player & also take your video (mp4/mov/avi) & upload to TWiT server for the player OR embed a JavaScript Script (multi-platform support, including Mobile) & embed the YouTube video on a TWiT page (I do this on my Blog for the TechMeShow videos I make) & maybe only display that if detected as mobile.) but good luck!

    Lance Seidman

  33. Arni on July 2nd, 2012 8:45 pm

    Hey Leo,

    Good luck with the new TWiT Line up!

    As you said, it is always sad when a tough decision such as cancelling shows have to happen but I understand that business is business and sometimes, set-backs do lead to something better.

    I have to say, (based on the current line up) that I’ll be watching 13 out of 23 shows (I only have a few hours in a day) which I think makes me a huge TWiT fan – hey, I even got invited at the 1st TWiT BBQ in Nov which was so cool!.  

    Anyway, I was really sad when some of the shows I watch got cancelled – Fourcast (Although, Tom gave the fans an explanation), Current Geek and Game On (I’m still hurting from this…).

    Now I find out that TWiT Photo and Dr. Kiki’s shows are gone too.  Sad Panda.

    I’m looking forward to watching Know How, TWiET and iFive as these shows gear towards my interests and hopefully, they’ll find the appropriate audience and the numbers would back the viablity of these shows.

    Perhaps as suggestion to promote the other shows just like what you did on TWiT yesterday.  Have some clips and previews to show during TWiT or have a Best of TWiT hour every week where a segment of each show can be showcased for those who may be interested but not commited enough to watch a full hour of shows.

    PS: Please please please do not cancel Frame Rate and the NSFW Show… I love those shows and the humor and topics they have always make me laugh and are a perfect buffer for my tech heavy listening list.

    Keep on keeping on Leo!

    Long live TWiT and here’s to more shows and fans!

  34. Randal Schwartz on July 2nd, 2012 8:52 pm

    With FLOSS Weekly already having a rather narrowly focussed (but loyal) audience, I’m not sure the idea of a programming show that requires even more engagement would be wise.  Maybe I can look at adding a 5-miinute programming segment into the FLOSS show though.

  35. Clint Williams on July 2nd, 2012 8:56 pm

    WDGW – taping on Tuesday & releasing on Sunday’s still? Back to predicting the future on these? 

    “Oh – it was a WONDERFUL 4th of July” when it was torrential rain for 8 hours in reality?

  36. Russ Neal on July 2nd, 2012 8:56 pm

    Thanks, overlooked this post from Tom.  Thanks again!

  37. bdobson on July 2nd, 2012 8:59 pm

    Exciting changes coming. I have always thought though that TWIT should use it’s more popular shows to help promote the others. I would not mind at all a brief blip at the end of a show, or at beginning of a show that says what’s coming up on another TWIT program. I know that most people do not like ads, but this would I think help spread the word. Such as with “Game On” I turned some friends onto it, who loves it, but had no idea such a show existed prior to my telling them about it.

  38. wgimenes on July 2nd, 2012 9:12 pm


    Thanks for giving us a great line up. Chances are inevitable in life. Saying goodbye to friends who supported you through good times, as well as bad, is always the hardest thing to do.

    Nevertheless, TWiT will continue strong and grow stronger.

    May I suggest a “Tip Leo” drive to help re-energize things a bit is in order.

    Good luck with the re-structuring.


  39. Leo Laporte on July 2nd, 2012 9:22 pm

    Stay tuned! (we did our first at the end of last night’s TWiT!)

  40. Leo Laporte on July 2nd, 2012 9:22 pm

    We’ll release all the shows when they’re done. Not a moment sooner. 

  41. Leo Laporte on July 2nd, 2012 9:25 pm

    I take full responsibility for every failure. We definitely need to do a better job of promotion and that’s a very high priority going forward (as you’ll soon see). I’ve hired Glenn Rubenstein to take the lead. 

    Lisa is also taking sales in-house so we can do a better job selling the smaller shows. That will make a huge difference.

    And we’re focusing all our shows on our core audience and skills: tech news and how-to. That’s what we do best, and it’s pretty clear that’s what the audience wants most. 

    Thanks for listening…. and writing!

  42. Leo Laporte on July 2nd, 2012 9:26 pm

    It’s definitely on the list for the fall – but it’s a BIG challenge. What do you cover? Ruby, Python, C++, Java? How do you cover it? For the experienced professional, the aspiring amateur? I have to find a way to make it interesting for everyone. Got any suggestions?

  43. Leo Laporte on July 2nd, 2012 9:27 pm

    Agreed. I think it was also hurt by the fact you had to watch. We still do best with audio. 

  44. Leo Laporte on July 2nd, 2012 9:28 pm

    Frankly, it’s a lot easier just to shrug and walk away, but I think you and my hosts deserve better. 

  45. Leo Laporte on July 2nd, 2012 9:29 pm

    I think it’s best to aim at the enthusiast. The only interested will come along. 

  46. Simon Bartlett on July 2nd, 2012 9:37 pm

    I’m gutted TWiT Photo has gone it was the biggest suprise in the list of cancellations I was just starting to get into it and Catherine pulled in great guests. It’s a shame Canon couldn’t sponsor you.  I’m into watching live more than downloading anyshow and the fact it wasn’t just tech shows meant watching live didn’t overdose on one thing. Shame about DrKiki I hope the changes work for you.

    To help with ad-revenue are the promo codes usable in Europe for the global comapies last time it tried they where not.
    You trully are a global TV network and your professional approach shines through.   
    I started watching your coverage during the Iphone4s release as you had the only working feed I haven’t looked back since.

  47. Brian Foster on July 2nd, 2012 9:39 pm

    That is an interesting point regarding audio.  I wonder if you could create shorter formats for more visual dependant content.  That would be eaiser for viewers to take in and easier to produce.  But, it wouldn’t really fit the live model.  Are you currently only willing to produce live content?

  48. Jeff Ratte on July 2nd, 2012 10:01 pm

    What if it started with something broad like HTML5 and then venture off into other territories. It could cover initally CSS3, jquery, AJAX, and javascript and all of this you could start to take with you into other languages (that could later be covered). 

  49. Randal Schwartz on July 2nd, 2012 10:04 pm

    Yeah, that’s the big problem with something as generic as “programming” for a show… FLOSS already has about four subaudiences, and every time I put too much of one type of show in the sequence, I get email from the other three audiences. :)

  50. Randal Schwartz on July 2nd, 2012 10:05 pm

    @Jeff Ratte, you might be surprised by this, but most programming in the world has nothing to do with HTML.  So a show on *programming* might mention HTML only every fourth or fifth show.

  51. Leo Laporte on July 2nd, 2012 10:21 pm

    Some advertisers count global numbers, some do not. Global media is a new idea and most US advertising agencies are spending dollars earmarked for US audiences, so it’s frankly a measure of how far we have come that we can get international numbers counted at all. 

    Using our offer code when you can helps, but we get paid by impressions, not purchases. 

    Thanks so much for listening and watching!!

  52. Jeff Ratte on July 2nd, 2012 10:22 pm

    @Randal Schwartz  I realize “programming” is more meant towards structured programming languages but scripting languages shouldn’t be left out. HTML5 is where all the talk is now and is much more than just a few tags being added. I think it’s really an umbrella term… It would be a developer show nonetheless anyhow, right?  

  53. Peter Gillanders on July 2nd, 2012 10:25 pm

    Even the novice and technology challenged can be enthusiastic. If not already, let’s enthuse them. :-)

  54. rfutrell1 on July 2nd, 2012 10:50 pm

    I am sad to see Futures in BioTech go, I use to take Ambien to help me fall asleep until i started watching it. looks like it is back to the Ambien.  ๐Ÿ˜›

  55. terrellcwoods on July 2nd, 2012 10:53 pm

    Leo, just want to say thanks for what I considered the best all-around photo show on the web. Starting with Lisa and then lucky to work alongside Catherine Hall must have been just a fantastic ride. Your passion always shined, you were the amature that represented me when all those fantastic guest came to the TWIT studio. If not for you and Catherine  I would have never taken any classes, never opened my mind up to other forms of art….and NEVER WOULD HAVE SPENT SO MUCH MONEY! I love gear, I don’t expect it to make me better….you and that damn 50mm 1.2! 
    Seriously though, it just goes to show that if you don’t know what’s behind the curtain…I really thought the show was holding it’s own but like you said the advertisers were not there with the placements. To me it’s just a sad day when I think of what will I do with my Tuesdays at 1pm. I listen to most of the shows on your network and I will continue to do so because noone does it better. Thanks for at least giving it a go…and happy shooting Leo.

  56. Martin Spriggs on July 2nd, 2012 11:59 pm

    Please…please…please keep TWiT PHOTO. The guests you have our world class. It really is the only show that you consistenly do that. So interesting and useful for us amatuer / budding photographers!!!!

  57. mattolde on July 3rd, 2012 12:10 am

    No more TWIT PHOTO! NOOOOOOOOOO! I love this show. I understand how hard it would be for you cancelling it. Learned so much from all the photographers on the show. :(

  58. Michael on July 3rd, 2012 1:07 am

    If Know How proves to be sucessful I would love a show similar to that but focused on programming where we learn to code something every week.

    I agree it would be a big challenge as I don’t see a normal podcast working for programming.  It would be like doing a iOS/Android/WP7 show all in one which would just annoy 1/3 of the audience each episode.  A Programming show would also have to be visual and you mentioned TWiT Photo failed becuase of that…

    Anyway I hope you at least trial a programming show. 

    I really like the new schedule TNT is at a far better time for the UK now.  I ended up keeping twit on all evening after watching TNT (it makes for great brackground noise while grinding away in Diablo 3 :)) instead of just tuning in for TNT before going to sleep.

  59. Randal Schwartz on July 3rd, 2012 2:51 am

    Regarding “audio only”, as I understand it, a show with audio only will save only the bandwidth of video, but would probably cost Leo almost as much to prepare.  You still have to have a video producer in studio during the taping, and people to edit the raw tape to the final show.  Leo may chime in otherwise, but I think this is the case.

  60. Randal Schwartz on July 3rd, 2012 2:53 am

    @jeff, Again, you have a very small view of “programming”.  Sure, there’a a lot of coding for web clients, but there’s far more programming for things that never touch the web.  And amazingly enough, a lot of that is done in “scripting languages”.  So that’s a false dichotomy.

  61. Derek Duncan on July 3rd, 2012 2:54 am

    Thanks for the transparency, Leo. I wanted to like TWiT Photo, but it just wasn’t what I had in mind. The long interview format wasn’t for me. I am still hoping for a photo show on camera gear, tips, etc. Myself, I like the round table much better than the one-on-one. I know it’s hard to do and you don’t want to go too pro like TWIP, but if you find the right people I think you can do it!

  62. Randal Schwartz on July 3rd, 2012 2:54 am

    The award-winning “Tips From the Top Floor” photography podcast is primarily audio-only.  It’s all about the content, not the presentation.

  63. Jeff Ratte on July 3rd, 2012 4:16 am

    Ah, ok. I didn’t realize the scope. I am myself a web developer and use PHP and Javascript but I have also touched upon <i>some</i> C++ and C but only in college courses. In any case, a programming show, in whatever language, would still interest me! (Or even just programming segments)

  64. Nick Stinzianni on July 3rd, 2012 4:28 am

    Overall I like all the changes. One thing that I’ve noticed is that not all TWiT (On Demand) Apps have the current list of all TWiT active shows. I don’t think TWiT makes each of these apps, but maybe you guys could work with them to keep the list of active shows current, that might help some of the newer shows out.

  65. Leo Laporte on July 3rd, 2012 4:58 am

    We’re working on it, but we can’t control the third-party apps. Mediafly’s apps, included the TWiT-branded mobile apps, no longer are updated by Mediafly and that’s out of our control. 

  66. Leo Laporte on July 3rd, 2012 5:03 am

    But you can’t conflate podcasts like TFTTF with our shows. Most podcasts are hobbies, or at best, done for promotional purposes (like TFTTF). Very few cover their production costs, let alone make money for the hosts. We’re trying to build a business around our shows. It ain’t easy. 

  67. Rick on July 3rd, 2012 5:26 am

    Steve could do it solo and I’d be fine with it. This show isn’t about production, but information and content. Much like a good lecture. It’s extremely valuable in its current format!
    Plus leo needs a rest.

  68. Ian Cummings on July 3rd, 2012 8:44 am

    Leo, you say you are cancelling seven shows, but you only list six? What am I missing here?

  69. Mark Samuels on July 3rd, 2012 12:03 pm

    Sad to see TWiT Photo go into hiatus, with Catherine Hall on board it became a great show. I liked most of the interviews and I learned a great deal. 

  70. Leo Laporte on July 3rd, 2012 1:19 pm

    Count again: FIB, Dr Kiki’s Science Hour, TWiS, PC Per, Trey’s Variety Hour, TWiRT, and TWiT Photo. If you count recent drops, ION and Fourcast it’s really nine shows. 

  71. Scott Stuart on July 3rd, 2012 2:17 pm

    No!  Not Twit Photo!  You can’t let Catherine Hall get away.  Next to MBW it’s the best show you have on the network!  Stick with it. Even Seinfeld was close to cancellation early on.  I’m one of those that listends AND watches.  I’m usually traveling when it’s on live and listen.  Then I go back to my computer later to watch.  Maybe my live streaming of the show from iTunes doesn’t register as a download.  If that’s the case, I’m sure there are others (those of us with unlimited AT&T data) that listen to the live stream rather than download.  Don’t let this show go!

  72. Scott Stuart on July 3rd, 2012 2:30 pm

    Because Windows is boring and Windows phones can’t buy a customer!

  73. breizh2008 on July 3rd, 2012 3:29 pm

    Please don’t cancel Twit Photo. This was outstanding, your best show by a mile !

  74. Mike Lewis on July 3rd, 2012 4:51 pm

    James, I am rethinking about having my podcatcher grab TNT and listen on the way home. It and BOL always has worked as background noise for me recapping daily tech news.

    About the live stuff, it’s not so much that it’s live, but there are a bazillion of us east coasters that made Leo big, not just west coasters or international viewers. 7PM, my apartment filled with people of all walks to watch TSS. I enjoy that I can catch AAA or NSFW in the evening, and I’m hoping that more of that comes along. 

    /selfish post

  75. Dean Owen on July 3rd, 2012 5:21 pm

    Please don’t cancel Twit Photo. One of my favourite shows on TWIT. The fact that it was video vs audio based is what made it so great. Very inspirational. BTW: re: Radio Tech show: could never understand why you canceled Maxwell’s House but kept this turkey going. Long discussions about tube amps and broadcast transmission towers would be better on the ‘This Week in Buggy Whips’ network. 

  76. Stuart Waddell on July 3rd, 2012 9:14 pm

    Twit photo is important to
    I’m not a photographer, I rarely take photos and to tell you the truth, as a traveller I get quite annoyed at the fact that every man and his dog thinks he is a photographer, as often they think they deserve to be in the spots to get their picture, at the expense of non-photographers. However, I actually enjoy Twit photo, its quite fascinating and I’m pretty sure many budding photographers would love watching, if only they knew about it.
    As I said, it seems that every man and his dog does think he is a photographer. Its definitely a very big, and growing, market.Its also a market full of people who aren’t tech dudes. Thats why Twit photo hasn’t gained traction yet, the market will be a new market to Twit, and this is what you need to grow. If you only pitch your shows at your existing viewers you cannot possibly grow. This show needs to be marketed, using the best of the social techniques, which you haven’t really had to do much of up to now, but it can grow.
    For advertising, have you considered getting countries as advertisers. Try VisitScotland or Turkey. They both advertise a lot, and their strengths are their beauty, and they would love to encourage more photographers to visit, as each published photo is an advert in itself. I’m sure there are many US states, or even Canada who might do the same.
    For Twit, as a network and a brand, Twit Photo is very important. It adds depth to the network while still being tech related, and it is a teaching show, which you have mentioned you want more of. It is also a classy show, and that is good for the network. Also, it is a show that doesn’t age, the shows can be watched in 6 months and still be relevant.
    Instead of killing Twit photo, you should build it. Give it it’s own life, it’s own website, and maybe even it’s own App. Get a community built up. Try to get Trey’s google hangouts as a part of Twit photo (on the website/app not on Twit) even. Use Twit photo to get new people to the Twit network.
    Sometimes you need to ignore the numbers and do it anyway, and this is one of those times. Don’t let the accountants make the decisions!

  77. Randal Schwartz on July 4th, 2012 5:42 am

    Yes, clearly, TFTTF has one sponsor, Chris Marquardt’s business.  I was just talking about the sustainability of an audio-only “photography” podcast.

  78. freedom geek on July 4th, 2012 11:48 am

    Very sad to see Futures in Biotech and the Science Hour go. Now Security Now and the occasional Triangulation are the only real twit podcasts I’m interested in.

    I’m not angry at twit, they’re just following demand. But I’m disappointed that people are so much more interested in the business surrounding technology than the progression of science and technology itself.

    Well off to see if FiB finds a home with TWIV. I already enjoy those guys other stuff so this would be another great work of theirs.

  79. dansus on July 4th, 2012 1:20 pm

    Didnt watch any of the shows you cancelled, so i will be looking forward to seeing the new stuff.

    Plus the earlier starts are good for me, as they now start at 6pm UK time, perfect for travel time.

    Thannks Leo.

  80. dandoerschner on July 4th, 2012 5:28 pm

    I really enjoy TWIT Photo and watch it every week. Yes it must be watched, but I make time for it because I have learned a lot from that show. There must be some form of monetizing the show. It’s hard to believe that a photo gear vendor (B&H?) would not want to advertise. I have bought many pieces of gear (camera, extra lenses, better flash, bag…) from having TWIT Photo inspire my love of photography. Please re-consider.

  81. Tony Hotson on July 4th, 2012 9:44 pm

    Hi Leo and all the team at Twit I hope you would re-consider not to loose Twit Photo. I would like to give you my view on Twit Photo and why I think your not getting as many viewers than you would like and i have seen this many times in the chat room and that is I think people have expected to see a more hands on approach a more techinical show actually showing the technique. The shows are mostly about the photographer and not the subject in hand and when you have shown technique I find the show much more enjoyable and I’m sure the audience would agree.My self I watch Twit Photo – Ipad Today and Ham nation always live when I can and it would be a great loss to lose Twit Photo so please please reconsider. All the best keep up the good work………

  82. Todd on July 5th, 2012 5:38 pm

    I really loved Call for Help when it was on TV. You should try and bring that back with Amber. I don’t know if you own the name for it or anything but a show like that would be wonderful again. :)

  83. Adam V on July 5th, 2012 7:22 pm

    May I add my voice to the calls to retain TWiT Photo? It really is a great show

  84. Phil Earnhardt on July 5th, 2012 8:46 pm

    Leo, thanks for hosting FiB for so long. Some of Marc’s material is right at the edge of my comprehension, but his boundless enthusiasm helped me find the way to grok what his guests were talking about any why it was important. I’ll look for the podcast at its new home; I hope the fine of shows on TWiT will remain available for people who discover the show in the future. Good job, sir.

  85. Argun Tekant on July 7th, 2012 11:49 pm

    For TWiT Photo, maybe the advertisers could be reminded that although the number of viewers are less than the listeners for other shows, by the fact that they are watching a video, none of them are watching the show in double-speed. Also, when watching the show, it gets the primary attention, rather than the secondary (or less) while driving, doing chores, etc.

  86. fmonaldo on July 8th, 2012 12:12 am

    Dear Leo,

    I am not an angry mob, but I regularly listen (sometimes watch) TWIT Photo and would miss its departure. I ask you to reconsider it cancellation.

    Frank Monaldo

  87. john macfarlane on July 9th, 2012 8:18 pm

    Will miss twit photo :(  Educational and entertaining.Learned a lot about photography from this show

  88. Bernard Clark on July 10th, 2012 12:32 am

    I work from home and my total listening hours are way down. My guess is your overall hours listended is down also.
    I used to listen to almost every show. The new website has run me off. It is just too time consuming to navigate thru to each show, try to figure out where I left off. I used to just go to the home page, listen to every show available…
    I am down to listening to only my 2 favorite show now, security now and the tech guy.

    I would love it if you figure out how to get lazy people like me to listen to all the show again.

    I now listen to the am radio most of the time because it is a passive activity. I don’t have to waste my time digging around the website, going to the pages of every show, figuring out where I left off.

    I really am not writing to complain, I miss listening to all the shows. I would be great if you could figure out a way for lazy people like me to use the site like a radio..

  89. Lance Seidman on July 11th, 2012 2:30 am


     I actually do programming for all actually (not just to support myself but teaching). Started when I was 8 and left high school to run my own ISV (Independent Software Vendor) and sold out to Earthlink with a Popup Stopper, remember those (it was good enough for me to quit school but quickly learned I needed something else to back it up, FAST & joined the family business in Food/Bev & made Software for just that industry but boring story).

    I only mention the above because I am completely self-taught. I know what it’s like to get confused seeing if, else, < > & == and so forth (uber beginner stuff). These little operators can make or break a program. Since I learned that the hard way, I started doing my own channel of tech stuff (I won’t link it but it’s called TechMeShow). If you ever see one of my videos, I teach you literally from start (making a new project) to the end (literally deploying, when needed).

    I don’t AIM for one specific type of person. I feel to teach, especially programming, even the experienced professionals can sometimes forget the simplest thing and exactly why you need to teach assuming they have no clue about programming. I really think you need to show from start to end only because you start to remember headers/includes you need to normally include in your App’s for them to be operational. More importantly? I think code (for the most part) should be OPEN or at least the idea what needs to be done, how you could get it done, and if you’re a nice guy, show how you will help them get it done and can’t stress enough that you should teach for an idiot and I can’t stop repeating myself and say that.

    Yes you will have advanced developers watching but still need to sometimes be reminded and shown your normal development methods CAN always have a backup method and sometimes your method could be greatly improved but unless you keep getting fed the same meal, you could miss the flavors that make the best meal that’s worth re-ordering every time you go back.

    I personally develop in C#/C#.NET, Silverlight (3+) VB/VB.NET/VBScript, HTML/CSS, very minor JavaScript (been brushing up for Windows 8), PHP (4+), Bash Scripting, and sure other languages I dabble in but not enough to be confident enough to be tested on it and prove myself.

    Now, if you look at the languages, they all have the capability working with protocols like SSH, TCP/UDP/ICMP, and FTP. You Leo are the LAST PERSON EVER that needs to be reminded of this. If anything, you know better than some of the programmers I have worked with as their mindset was how to do something not how or what goes on and that’s when crappy development (holes/bugs) come to play. In my experience… People don’t classify these protocols/daemons as a language but we use them in programming all the time (even sending POST/PUT/GET/CHMOD/DIR/MKDIR) and have a set of their own commands.

    Knowing these commands a bit better really helps in programming as we know if we GET, it means to receive and really important when using API’s or using Web Forms. So to me, I would like to say these are languages I know but to those who are advanced programmers or end-users, I would look silly but do you ever see a programming show talk enough about these? It’s important to know the protocols and the way information is transferred to be a successful developer, or maybe not but when you get in to Enterprise development and using SSL/TLS for Email/FTP is important.

    Again, not trying to lecture (OK maybe a little :))  but I think if you do, do a development show. I really recommend your Host(s) always remember to talk about the CORE of what’s going on. I will tell you, who ever you do hire, if you even choose to do a programming show, I will ALWAYS be available to donate code and people don’t get it but some of us are willing to donate aka volunteer time/code as if we don’t keep coders coding for platforms, these platforms will eventually expire or become less desirable and the more App’s on a platform to provide a better end-user experience, us dev’s have a good chance to keep doing what we do and to compete against each other (or the big corps).

    Very sorry for the long message, if you got this far, you’re awesome! I just get maybe too passionate about this and probably pathetic but when you spend 18+ Hour’s a day at what you love, it’s a love you want everyone to share.

    Thanks for asking me the questions and HUGE Fan but also remember to download TWiT for WP7 (yeah, I have been concentrating on WP7 & Windows 8 lately) as it is free and will be getting a LIVE feature soon (

    Lance Seidman

  90. Lance Seidman on July 11th, 2012 2:54 am

    @Jeff I concur. More platforms ARE including HTML(5)/CSS(3) as a language you really can almost make full App’s out of. If you’ve tried the Windows 8 SDK, you’ll notice they keep pushing JavaScript/HTML/CSS for making Metro App’s.

    Sure you’d normally think of it to display a website perhaps? Truth is, and not really in the case for iOS yet (even though Steve Jobs claimed Web App’s would be the only thind needed) but you can take your basic C#/C++/VB in VS Express w/Win8 SDK and make a great App that grabs remote API’s and take I/O in your App and grab the incoming web-requests content and output however desired & store even locally on the machine (IsolatedStorage).

    Yes you can use HttpClient (using System.Net.Http.HttpClient) for a HTTP GET request (HttpResponseMessage response = await http.GetAsync(“”);) and customize your UI in XAML but like Google said at Google I/O (forgive me Microsoft), use what you know and I think more will come to Windows 8 to use their web scripting knowledge (or I hope).

    So as I agree HTML5 is becoming more widely available and you can practically port it to any other platform making it almost a develop once and use everywhere and that is POWERFUL. Even better not having to use PhoneGap but issue is? It still isn’t 100% yet and the platforms don’t ALL recognize HTML5 the same yet as each platform integrates specifics differently (meaning not offering this or that like product B does) but Windows 8 would be a good place to show off your web skills. :)


  91. Kristafer Adelman on July 14th, 2012 12:09 am

    Please keep TWiT Photo. I have learned so much with you two! If Cathrine is going to to her own show, you could hoave your co-host be Alex L or Burt? Maybe you could devote a part of the show to using Photoshop, Lightroom,or Aperture? You could talk a little more about gear and how to use it? Its a lot of fun each week to try out one of Cathrine’s tips. From the looks of all the people posting, it  seems like this will be the show most wanted to stay and I can agree! 

  92. Steve Tarbard on July 29th, 2012 3:30 pm

    I’ve been listening to TWIT since it was in single digits of episodes. I think the problem over the last year is that it has moved to a video format, rather than an audio format. Nothing wrong with this when you take the time to “paint pictures with your words”, sadly most of the time you no longer do this. 
    Living in the UK, the option to watch the live stream is a bit limited, and finding you on Youtube whilst possible does not suit my listening patern, I listen in the car mostly, so watching is not normally an option.
    Couple of things you might want to consider, a summary show of what we missed on the Twit network this week, purely as an audio show or an international edition. Frankly I’m completely at a loss with all the different Andriod hand sets, Cable options and TV programs – that never make it across the pond.
    I’ll still listen to Twit, for the time being, but without a focus on the audio element I suspect my days are numbered

  93. Emily Brown on August 1st, 2012 11:20 am

    I think people have expected to see a more hands on approach a more techinical show actually showing the technique. The shows are mostly about the photographer and not the subject in hand and when you have shown technique I find the show much more enjoyable and I’m sure the audience would agree.
    dell precision

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