We suspected long-ago that Cachefly gave free bandwidth to TWiT in exchange for the stupid “Bandwidth for [dumb show] is provided by Cachefly, at C-A-C-H-E, F-L-Y dot com” mention. Patrick Delahanty confirmed that for us on April 7, 2015.
However, we figured something might be going on behind the scenes with that relationship, because recently, TWiT tested promo codes with Cachefly at the beginning of some of the episode downloads, instead of the normal domain name spelling promo. This change signaled to us that Cachefly might be seeking more from the arrangement.
This new promo ran on shows from July 21-28, 2015 including MacBreak Weekly, Security Now, The New Screen Savers, and This Week in Tech, the most popular shows. Interestingly, this new promo billboard strategy was not extended to the less popular shows such as This Week in Google or the ones that FMCP hosts.
It appears that’s the case now, and Leo Laporte may have to actually use some of his money from the business to pay for something business-related for once. That leads up to where we are now. The “million-dollar studio” that he built may soon be mostly used for audio podcasts, and when he’s out on his ass, he may not have to set up as much equipment in his new church.
We would also assume this means less work and possibly fewer hours for Technical Directors, since they will only need to mix audio.
If live video stays around, you can watch recordings for the last 2 weeks (as of the time of this posting) on our DVR feature of the website. We hope we will not be crushed by the additional bandwidth required to serve TWiT’s loyal sycophants when Leo no longer foots the bill.
You can join us in our chat room at any time to discuss the faltering TWiT network without the censorship of #twitlive.