Type Online media content provider
Industry Technology
Founded 2005; 5 years ago (2005)
Headquarters San Francisco, California, U.S.
Products Video podcasts

CNET TV is a San Francisco, California based Internet television network showing original programming catering to the niche market of technology enthusiasts, operated by CBS Interactive through their brand. CNET TV originated as the television program production arm of CNET Networks in the United States, producing programs starting in the mid to late 1990s. It was CNET Networks' first project. Technology-themed television shows produced by CNET TV also aired on G4 in Canada.



Current productions of CNET TV comprise of short-form tech shows and live video podcasts, the latter branded under the CNET Live banner. All current CNET TV online productions are distributed as podcasts and some programming is available on the iTunes Store. Full-length CBS News programming such as Face the Nation and 60 Minutes is also hosted on CNET TV since the merger with CBS Interactive.

Tech shows

The following are short-form tech shows produced by CNET TV, primarily produced in video in front of greenscreen. These are also distributed as podcasts. Also distributed by CNET are programming from Revision3 through a contract deal with Revision3.

Name Hosts Frequency
Checked In Bridget Carey Announced
How To Sharon Vaknin (replaced Tom Merritt) Periodically
The Apple Byte Brian Tong Weekly, Fridays
Tap That App CNET Editors Weekly
Tech Review Molly Wood Weekly
Loaded Bridget Carey (Natali Morris - left CNET as of April 29, 2011, Wilson Tang hosted until Oct. 2011, intern hosts Mark Licea, and Jeff Bakalar) Monday-Thursday (To Be Replaced By Checked In)
The Buzz Report Molly Wood (interim host Brian Cooley) Weekly
CNET Top 5 Brian Cooley (replaced Tom Merritt) Weekly


Programs on CNET Live stream live on and mainly consist of talk shows mostly produced as audio shows with video feeds. These are also distributed as podcasts.

Show Summary Genre Hosts Schedule Launch date
The 404[1] Daily tech news and pop culture. High Tech, Low Brow Technology, movies, television, financial advice CNET editors Jeff Bakalar, Wilson Tang, Justin Yu; Randall Bennett left May 15, 2008 was replaced by Justin Yu Weekdays ?
Android Atlas Weekly[2] CNET editors examine Android smartphones Android smartphones CNET editors Wednesdays 9 August 2009
Buzz Out Loud[3] CNET news Technology, gadgets Molly Wood, Brian Tong, Stephen Beacham Thursdays 9 August 2009
Car Tech Live[4] CNET news Technology, gadgets Brian Cooley, Antuan Goodwin, Wayne Cunningham Thursdays 9 August 2009
Crave[5]  ? Technology, gadgets Eric Franklin, Donald Bell Tuesdays ?
CNET Labcast[6] CNET editors discuss product reviews on all consumer electronics Technology, gadgets Eric Franklin Mondays 26 September 2011
Dialed in[7]  ? Cellular phones, smartphones Kent German, Jessica Dolcourt, Bonnie Cha, Nicole Lee Wednesdays 9 August 2009
preGAME[8] CNET editors demo new video game releases Technology, gadgets Jeff Bakalar, Mark Licea Tuesdays ?
Reporters' Roundtable[9]  ? Technology business news Rafe Needleman Fridays ?
Rumor Has It[10]  ? Technology CNET staff Tuesdays 9 August 2009

Other productions

Produced outside of U.S. as of 2011

Name Brand Hosts Type Frequency
CNET UK Podcast CNET UK Ian Morris, Flora Graham and CNET UK team Audio Weekly (records Thursday, available Friday)
GameSpot UK Podcast GameSpot UK Guy Cocker, Luke Anderson and the GameSpot UK team with news and features on UK Gaming. Audio Thursdays
OzSpot GameSpot AU Podcast GameSpot AU Randolph Ramsay, Dan Chiappini, and James Kozanecki bring you the GameSpot AU podcast. Biggest news and trends in the world of Australian Gaming. Audio Bi-weekly (Wed)

Past podcasts

Name Brand Summary Hosts Type Frequency
Digital City CNET Dan Ackerman, Joseph Kaminski, Julie Rivera, Scott Stein Audio, video Weekly
Planet CNET CNET and international Kara Tsuboi (In CBS now), Louise Ghegan, Rory Reid, Ella Morton, John Chan Video Weekly
Gadgettes CNET Molly Wood, Kelly Morrison, Jason Howell Audio, video Weekly
MP3 Insider CNET Jasmine France, Donald Bell (formerly Veronica Belmont, James Kim) Audio, video Weekly: discontinued May 2010
CNET To the Rescue CNET Rafe Needleman, Josh Lowensohn (formerly named "The Real Deal", with Rafe Needleman, Tom Merritt) Audio, video Weekly: Wednesdays, discontinued July 2011
Security Bites CNET, Robert Vamosi Audio, video; on CNET TV Discontinued November 2008
CNET Live CNET Tom Merritt, Brian Cooley, Brian Tong Video (CNET TV) No longer airing weekly, was on Thursdays; as of 2011 is the name of a website dedicated to live streaming of CNET podcast recordings
Crossfade TV, Kurt Wolff, Mike Tao, Peter Gavin, Anngie Dehoyos Video; CNET TV Bi-weekly
Studio C CNET,, Kurt Wolff, Ariel Nunez, Mike Tao, Peter Gavin Audio Weekly
Today on the Spot GameSpot Video game talk show; segments include news since the last episode (host: Tor Thorson), a Daily Demo, This Week on Wii shop channel (Tue.), Xbox live (Thu.), and PlayStation Network (Sat.) and trivia segment at the end of most episodes Varied GameSpot employees, with other editors and guests Video Weekly: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 4 PM PST
The LineUp GameSpot Sports video game talk show Brian Ekberg, Aaron Thomas, Shanker Srinivasan Video Bi-Weekly: Fridays
Import Friendly GameSpot Import game and culture show Takeshi Hiraoka Video Monthly: 1st Thursdays
Start/Select GameSpot UK News and features show on UK gaming Guy Cocker Video Weekly: Fridays
The Hotspot GameSpot Video game news podcast; some weeks have multiple episodes, such as E3 09, which had three consecutive podcasts from the show Brendan Sinclair Audio Weekly: Tuesdays
From the Bleachers GameSpot Sports video game podcast Brian Ekberg Audio Weekly: Mondays, on hiatus until further notice
The Digital Home CNET Don Reisinger Audio Weekly
The UK podcast Ben Howard, Heather Hughes, Ian Morris Audio Weekly: Friday

Past television productions of CNET Networks

CNet Central

Hosted by Richard Hart and Gina St. John (later replaced by Daphne Brogdon), CNET Central was the flagship program of CNET TV. It aired from 1995 to 1999 on the Sci Fi Channel and USA Network in the United States. Individual segments were hosted by Desmond Crisis, Ryan Seacrest, and Hari Sreenivasan. Reviews of software and hardware were provided by John C. Dvorak in his "Buy It, Try It, Skip It" segments. [1] The show often ended with a segment called The Last Word featuring commentary from Dave Ross.

The Web

Hosted by Sofie Formica and Justin Gunn, The Web explored an emerging facet of computing: the World Wide Web. The show was an hour in length and included segments called The Hall of Fame and The Hall of Shame which showcased interesting and bizarre websites respectively. The show also interviewed famous tech celebrities such as Jerry Yang and David Filo, Todd Rundgren, and Thomas Dolby.

The New Edge

The New Edge was hosted by Ryan Seacrest, one of his first on-air jobs. [2] Unlike CNET Central and The Web, The New Edge was not nearly so focused on computing; it explored all aspects of science and technology, from Magnetic Resonance Imaging to gasoline powered blenders.


TV.COM was focused on the best the Internet had to offer. It was broadcast in syndication. Ron Reagan was a co-host.

Tech Briefs

Tech Briefs were 90 second tech inserts for local news media. They were hosted by Richard Hart. Later renamed Tech Reports.

Cool Tech

Cool Tech showcased new gadgets. It was hosted by Desmond Crisis and Daphne Brogdon. was originally hosted by Richard Hart and Gina Smith (later replaced by Sydnie Kohara) with Hari Sreenivasan as senior correspondent.

See also


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