Welcome Dell and Visa!
Now you really can think of TWiT.tv as a podcast network.
We welcome our first network-wide advertisers, Visa and Dell, this week. You'll hear Visa ads in all the podcasts for the month of September. Dell's commercials will begin running in this WEEK in TECH, Security Now, and Inside the Net.
Both ad campaigns are tests. It's taking a little while for advertisers to get comfortable with podcasts, and, frankly, I want to make sure you all are comfortable with the advertising. Please give me your feedback about the commercials in the comments here or on the respective shows.
Perhaps you're wondering why we're taking advertising. As you may know, I had hoped to build TWiT on donations alone, but as generous as you've been that's just not possible. Your donations pay for our expenses, like hosting, bandwidth, rental, and equipment, but aren't sufficient to pay the podcasters themselves. All the work put into building these shows over the past year has been volunteer. None of us can keep doing that much longer. Advertising will let us pay the podcasters, and help TWiT.tv grow into a better network of shows.
But even with the support of companies like Visa and Dell, we still need your donations! Our fixed costs don't go away, and, in fact, are increasing as we add podcasts and work toward better audio and video quality. The TWiT.tv podcasts are always free, and always will be, but your voluntary donations make it all possible.
So thanks to Visa and Dell for their financial support, and thanks to you loyal TWiT listeners. Together we're changing the face of tech media.