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TV is Not Free

I'm glad you all like the video version. We intended this week as an experiment more than an actual show. If there's enough interest we can do a really bang up job each week, but there's a catch.

Doing a TV show right is expensive. We need to pay for equipment and crew, not to mention bandwidth. I can do the audio production by myself, video takes at least four people during the taping and additional post production staff. Video files are more than 10x the size of audio. BitTorrent costs us nothing, but direct downloads will be expensive. In other words, it's going to cost us thousands of dollars per episode to produce a weekly video version of TWiT.

So here's the pitch. If you want a quality video production of TWiT each week, we're going to have to raise the money somehow. The contributions to the audio version have been very generous so far, and we really appreciate it, but they're not enough to do audio and video, too. And I'm reluctant to put in advertising. So here's the question. Would you be willing to pay a small subscription fee for the video?

Take the poll to the right. And please take it seriously. Don't say you'd pay for TWiT video if you really wouldn't. This is the sole extent of my market research, so I'm counting on you!

Thanks, as always. And don't worry - we plan to keep doing the audio version free for as long as you'll keep listening.

iTunes Resubscribe Necessary

If you use iTunes to download TWiT (or any of my feeds) and you haven't been updated lately, you will need to delete the existing subscription and resubscribe. It's pretty simple and you won't have to do it again.

  1. Open iTunes (4.9 or later)
  2. Click the Podcasts folder (just below Library)
  3. Click the TWiT subscription and press backspace
  4. Click "Keep All Files" (unless you want to download them again)
  5. Click this link and press the subscribe button

If you subscribe to Security Now!, KFI's Tech Guy, The Laporte Report, or Radio Leo you will need to do the same thing.

Sorry about this. iTunes apparently can't update the addresses of existing subscriptions. I think the other podcast clients should be ok, but you might want to check to make sure you see TWiT #22 and Security Now! #5 in your feeds.

Wanna help me break a server? DigitalLifeTV Episode 5 goes out LIVE at 9PM Eastern/6PM Pacific

Howdy all!

We're broadcasting Episode 05 of DigitalLifeTV tonight at 9PM Eastern, 6PM Pacific.

It requires the Windows Media Player (and a broadband connection) to watch it live.

The link goes up around 5:45... and we'll be IPcasting from our half built studio.

iPod nano, OpenOffice 2.0 beta, demos of F.E.A.R, Age of Empires III and Serious Sam II, viewer questions and lots more. Like the ButtKicker Gamer (you'll have to watch to find out), and a most excellent sub-$100 laser printer.

Anyhow, if everybody could dogpile on that link, I'd be so thrilled... we're trying to see what the live server can take.

1 million downloads

I just got an email from Jeff Graham, king of podcasting at AOL Radio, and he tells me that between TWiT and Security Now! we've surpassed one million downloads from their servers.

I don't even want to know how many terabytes that is.

And that doesn't include all the BitTorrent copies and downloads from mirrors and this site.

Thanks to all of you for making TWiT the biggest success in the short history of podcasting!

Incidentally, I've now posted all the previous episodes on the AOL host, so you can download any you've missed. The general URL is:

http://aolradio.podcast.aol.com/twit/TWiT####H.mp3

replace the #### with the epidode number padded with leading zeros: 0001, 0002, ... 0021 and don't forget the wild card 0008A special edition. (In future I'll just number them, even if they come out midweek).

You can get the show notes for any episode by entering

http://twit.tv/#

where # is the episode number (minus the zeroes: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 ... 21 - the show notes also have direct links to AOL.

Thanks for your support!!!!!

Thanks Apple!

TWiT is featured on Apple's iPod Nano site - visit the features page and click "Podcasts."

Live from the Apple Store

Tomorrow's the big day! We're live from the Apple Store - 1 Stockton St. San Francisco. Click the image for directions and further information.

I will begin setting up at 3p. Festivities begin at 3:30p, including a live performance of Doin' The TWiT from our house composer Ashley Witt. Scheduled guests include Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, my old co-host Gina Smith, Konfabulator's Arlo Rose, and many more - subject to change, of course.

We begin recording at 4p. Arrive early for a good seat. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Please come and join the fun!

Katrina Relief

New Orleans is one of the most beautiful cities in the world - the people there are warm and wonderful and the entire region needs our prayers and help.

I'm going to make a donation in the name of TWiT, but I'd encourage you to help in any way you can. I know we have many many listeners in Mississipi and Louisiana. We're praying for you all.

Please give to the American Red Cross.

Pocket Protectors Delayed

Bad news - the pocket protectors are delayed until after the Apple Store appearance. We will have them in time for our 9/18 debut at Noonan's however.

Looks like we might have to make another print run for donors!