New Audio only Podcasts?

So with the announcement that some new shows will be audio only (unless watched live) what is your opinion. Do you like this move or not?

I personally only watch video podcasts so will not tune in unless I happen to be online when it is live.

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Let’s do a poll!

How should new TWiT shows be produced?

  • Audio Only
  • Video Only
  • Both Audio and Video

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I think that if you ask us, we’ll opt for both. Why not have the option? That being said, now that all of the shows are on YouTube, I tend to watch far more than I used to.

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Honestly I like having it on youtube to watch because it is kind of awesome to see things but if it is an awesome podcast and audio only I mean I am still going to listen.

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I’m a ‘watcher’. It’s going to be tough to get used to just listening. I’ll try but ugh.

I’m disappointed there won’t be a video format for some of the newer shows since I tend to sit down and actively watch on a TV or mobile device instead of passively listening while doing other stuff. It’s one of the many things I prefer about TWiT podcasts.

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Well, I like good content, so I’m sure I will stick with it in whatever form it’s available, but I would prefer video (with audio, obviously :wink: ) My reasoning, among others, is that it is easier to feel an affinity for the host when you can see them. I think it is the sense of relationship with the host(s) that brings me episode after episode. Someone said elsewhere on these forums about the human need for contact, and I think the video enhances that. Take, for example, Security now–the video content is rarely that directly engaging, it’s a pair of talking heads most of the time. Despite that, I feel like Steve and Leo are a pair of old friends I’ve known for years that share a passion I also share.

I know video costs more, in production and in distribution, but I do think it can result in a more connected audience. I also think it would be really challenging to talk about certain topics without being able to show things… but I am a visual learner, I think, so that may just be my bias.

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Have to say I do prefer video. I watch the eps live when I can, on an Apple TV app when I can’t and also grab the audios for the commute. I like the videos better because a lot of the content is visual and it loses something with audio only.

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As I’ve seen a lot of shows come and go on TWiT I think taking the safe ‘audio only’ for now route is smart.

However, as a marketer and a YouTube channel specialist. I think there’s going to be a lot of people searching for IOT information… its a huge opportunity!

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I like video and audio options HOWEVER as a studio I can see an audio only format for like podcast apps and such. Usually the only time I watch video is if I am watching live. Usually I have an earbud in listening to the show while walking and doing things around the house.

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Honestly I love the video. Using Apple podcasts I subscribe to the HD and then I can watch as needed, or turn off the screen and listen, especially CarPlay. To be bluntly honest, i probably wouldn’t listen much to audio only because of the such high quality videos I’ve come to expect from TWIT. Please keep video in all the new ones!

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I like to watch Windows Weekly, Ham Nation, iOS Today, and MacBreak Weekly on an iOS TWiT app, and like the videos, so I will sadly not be tuning in to audio only.
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I say offer video and audio separately, or just video. Why not just create an audio link for all shows, and use video for all? My favorite podcasts are: Windows Weekly, Ham Nation, iOS Today, The Tech Guy & MacBreak Weekly. Keep up the great work, Leo!

Longtime listener, first time TWiT chatter! :smiley:

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I only listen to the audio version so things get a bit lost when they show things or play a video. An audio only version forces the hosts to be more descriptive or stay away from too many “sight” based things

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This is exactly how I consume all podcasts. Doing something else.
Audio only for me but I don’t mind video feeds for those that want to watch

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I like this idea because maybe some new cool shows will come out of these experiments!

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Since I’m not in the time zone, can’t really watch Live. But some of the funny parts need to be on video to be appreciated and enjoyed.

I think a lot of it depends on the show content. A show like Hands on Tech would not work well as an audio only show, because there is so much to see… but an interview/ round table show can easily be audio only as the brain dump is the most valuable asset, what the hosts are doing/look like is secondary. I think the tricky part is if your producing a show “live” on camera, the host and guests may find themselves forgetting to describe the visuals in front of them… (not directed at you Leo, your old school and know the ways) :slight_smile:

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I do like video when home.
Maybe the Audio podcasts could be paired with unedited video versions?

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I think, as long as it financially able, TWIT should keep both but TWIT should create or at least help update the streaming apps. I know all the apps are user create which is very cool but the TWIT app on the Roku platform is unable to play the new ask the tech guy show. Streaming, no matter the platform, is the way that we watch TV now. If TWIT created the apps for AppleTV, Roku, Amazon… they could gather valuable advertising numbers and control the app experience (embed ads, promote new shows…) & make it better for the viewer and for the company. Plus I think the video versions would get a lot more views especially if Leo promoted the app.

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