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CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaWorldwide, via Internet
HeadquartersPetaluma, California
LaunchedApril 2005 (2005-04)
FounderLeo Laporte
Streaming media
YouTubeWatch Live is a podcast network that broadcasts technology-focused podcasts, founded by 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. As of January 2024, the network hosts 14 podcasts;[1] however, some are being discontinued, or are only available with a Club TWiT subscription.[2] Podcasts include This Week in Tech, Security Now, and MacBreak Weekly.

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]


TWiT's podcasts are centered around technology and technology news. Hosted by experts in journalists or those with working knowledge of respective fields.

As of January 2024 there are 14 shows hosted on the network.

All the shows are available free to watch or download from the website and are funded by cost per mille embedded sponsorship.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9]

On April 10, 2024 Leo Laporte announced the cessation of the Club TWiT "Annual" subscription, and indicated, perhaps humorously, if TWiT would even be around in 2025.[10]


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

Show Hosts
Home Theater Geeks* Scott Wilkinson
iOS Today* Mikah Sargent, Rosemary Orchard
MacBreak Weekly Leo Laporte, Andy Ihnatko, Alex Lindsay, Jason Snell
Security Now Steve Gibson, Leo Laporte
Tech News Weekly Mikah Sargent
This Week in Google Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Paris Martineau
This Week in Space Rod Pyle, Tariq Malik
This Week in Tech Leo Laporte
Untitled Linux Show* Jonathan Bennett
Windows Weekly Leo Laporte, Paul Thurrott, Richard Campbell

* Paid-access only per Club TWiT membership.

Retired Shows

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

Show Hosts
Abby's Road Abby Laporte
All About Android Jason Howell, Ron Richards, Huyen Tue Dao
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, Shannon Morse
Dr. Kiki's Science Hour Dr. Kiki Sanford
FLOSS Weekly Doc Searls
FrameRate Brian Brushwood, Tom Merritt
FourCast Tom Merritt, Scott Johnson
Futures in Biotech Marc Pelletier
Game On! Brian Brushwood, Veronica Belmont
The Giz Wiz Dick DeBartolo, Leo Laporte, Chad Johnson
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 Photography Ant Pruitt
Hands-On Tech Leo Laporte, Jason Howell, Mikah Sargent, Ant Pruitt, Megan Morrone
Hands-On Wellness Ant Pruitt
Ham Nation Bob Heil, Gordon West, George Thomas, Don Wilbanks, Valerie Hotzfeld, Amanda Alden, Dale Puckett
iFive for the iPhone Sarah Lane, Megan Morrone
Jumping Monkeys Megan Morrone, Leo Laporte
Know How... Leo Laporte, Iyaz Akhtar, Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, Bryan Burnett, Megan Morrone, Florence Ion, Jason Howell, Sam Machkovech
The Laporte Report Leo Laporte
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
The New Screen Savers Leo Laporte
NSFW Brian Brushwood, Justin Robert Young
OMGcraft Chad (OMGchad) Johnson
Padre's Corner Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ
redditUP Sarah Lane, Chad Johnson
Roz Rows the Pacific Roz Savage
Science News Weekly Dr. Kiki Sanford
Smart Tech Today Mikah Sargent, Matthew Cassinelli
The Social Hour Sarah Lane, Amber MacArthur
Tech History Today Tom Merritt
Tech News 2Night Sarah Lane, Megan Morrone
Tech News Today Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Iyaz Akhtar, Mike Elgan, Megan Morrone, Jason Howell
The Tech Guy Leo Laporte
This Week in Computer Hardware Patrick Norton, Ryan Shrout, Allyn Malventano, Sebastian Peak
This Week in Enterprise Tech Louis Maresca, Brian Chee, Curt Franklin
This Week in Fun Sarah Lane, Martin Sargent
This Week in Law Denise Howell, Evan Brown, Stefan Szpajda
This Week in Radio Tech Kirk Harnack
This Week in YouTube Chad Johnson, Lamarr Wilson
Trey's Variety Hour Trey Ratcliff
Triangulation Leo Laporte, Jason Howell, Mikah Sargent, Denise Howell, Megan Morrone
TWiT Photo Leo Laporte, Catherine Hall
Valley of Genius Leo Laporte, Adam Fisher


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.[13]

In March 2018 Twitter filed a motion to dismiss.[14] 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."[15]


See also


  1. ^ "Tech Podcasts from This Week in Tech - TWiT". Retrieved December 26, 2023.
  2. ^ "Club TWiT Exclusives". Retrieved December 27, 2023.
  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". July 19, 2017. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "This Week in Tech episode 483". November 6, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  7. ^ Andrew Keen interviewed on the TV show Triangulation on the network
  8. ^ Kalish, Jon (October 3, 2016). "Geek Squad? Nah, Try TWIT's Chat Rooms". PCMag. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  9. ^ "Club TWiT". April 18, 2021. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
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  11. ^ "Podcasts".
  12. ^ "TWiT Shows Retired". TWiT. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  13. ^ England, Rachel (January 17, 2018). "Twitter faces trademark infringement lawsuit from podcast network". Engadget. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  14. ^ "Motion to Dismiss: TWiT LLC vs. Twitter Inc. Case: 3:18-cv-00341-JSC" (PDF). Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  15. ^ "Case Dismissal: TWiT LLC vs. Twitter Inc. Case: 3:18-cv-00341-JSC". Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  16. ^ a b c "Podcast Awards - Past Winners". Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  17. ^ "Winners From The 2012 IAWTV Awards Held At CES In Las Vegas Jan. 12, 2012". International Academy of Web Television. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  18. ^ "Geeks Among iTunes Best Podcasts of 2010". Sound & Vision. December 10, 2010. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  19. ^ "The Year in Podcasts – best of 2011 from iTunes Rewind". December 23, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  20. ^ "Leo Laporte talks with Edward Snowden's Lawyer". May 15, 2017. Retrieved June 24, 2023.