TWiT TV for Windows
- 1 Features
- 2 System Requirements
- 3 Known Issues
- 4 Release History
- 4.1 Release 1.10 (April 14, 2009)
- 4.2 Update 1.20 (December 17, 2008)
- 4.3 Update 1.21 (January 28, 2009)
- 4.4 Update 1.22 (April 4, 2010)
- 4.5 Update 1.23 (August 6, 2010)
- 4.6 Update 1.30 (July 30, 2011)
- 4.7 Update 1.40 (November 29, 2011)
- 4.8 Update 1.42 (July 27, 2012)
- 4.9 Update 1.43 (October 10, 2012)
- 5 System Usage Information
- 6 External Links
Thanks to Graphics Point Engineering LLC for writing an amazing Windows app for watching TWiT Live. You can choose from the BitGravity, and UStream feeds, chat in the IRC or Ustream chat rooms, visit other TWiT sites, and even listen to Geoff Smith’s anthemic "I’m A TWiT" song. The software was able to run on very low CPU capacity machines where browsers where not able to provide a some stream - ideal if you wanted to use an old PC into a "TWiT TV".
The window is a fixed size for Low bandwidth 648 x 428 or High bandwidth 858x 546 or full screen.
- Hardware: Minimum Pentium III 500 MHz or higher processor (Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or higher or any AMD64 or Intel64 processor recommended)
- Operating System: Windows XP, Windows 7
- License: Free
No video / Flash OCX missing Fix
If you have never installed Adobe Flash Player for Internet Explorer you may be having issues with it not playing or displaying a grey screen. Updating Firefox or Safari browser flash may cause your older Active-X (ocx) installed file to be deleted, so if after some recent updating both streams *ustream* and *bitgravity* are not working it is likely you need to update Flash Player using Internet Explorer. Adobe Flash Player for Internet Explorer is required to display the video as TWiTTV.EXE uses ActiveX component. If you use Firefox or Safari as your primary web browser, when you installed Flash, it installed a version for those browsers, so you can watch stream at http://live.twit.tv but NOT any ActiveX. To get TWiTTV.EXE to work in Windows, follow these steps:
- 1 - Open Internet Explorer and visit http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
- 2 - Click on the "Agree and Install Now" button at the bottom of the page. (NOTE: Uncheck the "Google Toolbar" box if you don't want to install it or any other 3rd party bundles.)
- 3 - On the next page, scroll to the bottom of the page and find: "Your download will start automatically. If it does not start, click here to download." Click on "click here to download".
- 4 - When the download dialog box appears, choose "Run".
- 5 - Follow the install prompts and let the flash player install. Close when finished.
- 6 - Open TWiT TV for Windows and Enjoy.
- 7 - For 32bit systems, if still no stream check folder %windir%\system32\Macromed\Flash\ for *.ocx file. If that is missing in that folder verify you downloaded correct update.
Full screen on multi-monitor setup solution
The TwitTV.exe can will run full screen on a monitor but if you select another application it will exit full screen mode. This behaviour is built-in to the version of flash you are using. You can use 3-party software (eg IgnoFlash-1.4.0) to patch flash to disable this feature. You need to patch the flash*.ocx file which is what TwitTV.exe uses.
Resizing video window solution
The TwitTV.exe video window is fixed size or full-screen. You can use 3rd-party software (ResizeEnable from digitallis) to enable this. Although twittv.exe was designed for it works adequately if slowly resized.
Ustream was the last video stream that fully worked with TWiTTV.exe. The two problems started from June 04, 2018 due to Ustream feed changes at that time which made TwitTV.exe software unable to decode audio in stream. In this snapshot example the upper part shows the TWiTTV.exe problem compared to web browser which does not have the problem. The response from IBM's Ustream support was that they "will not fix the USTREAM flash player" issue. The developer, GPE, is aware of the issue. The next release would need to be a rewrite to be based on MS Edge-Chromium SDK and require Windows 7 or higher. As at April 2020, no commitment has been to rewrite the software due to SDK issues.
Release 1.10 (April 14, 2009)
No change information
Update 1.20 (December 17, 2008)
Fixed problem with not saving its position correctly in Windows 7 and not displaying after correctly after a system is shutdown with the window minimized.
Update 1.21 (January 28, 2009)
The TWiT Live Schedule window displayed the (2) schedule which is not the primary schedule.
Update 1.22 (April 4, 2010)
UStream channel syntax changed and required an update.
Update 1.23 (August 6, 2010)
Add channels for low and high on both BitGravity and UStream. Updated IRC page.
Update 1.30 (July 30, 2011)
Add justin.tv channel.
Update 1.40 (November 29, 2011)
Update 1.42 (July 27, 2012)
Updated calendar code, Ctrl +/- on IRC chat to control text size.
Update 1.43 (October 10, 2012)
Updated for new Ustream UI, corrected IRC chat zoom problem.
System Usage Information
Tested with Bitgravity streams on Win XP system using Intel Core2 1.66 GHz CPU / Flash v10r45. The memory usage for GPE's TWiTTV.EXE (v1.43) refers to physical memory used by process (sometimes reported as working set) is average.
Update: September 2015 - Although the software has not been updated for a few years it is still usable.
Watching Low Bandwidth
- Low download bandwidth for 520 Kbps (65 KBps)
- CPU 10% - 13% when in 648 x 428 window
- CPU 34% - 41% full screen
- 34 MB RAM
Watching High Bandwidth
- High download bandwidth for 1080 Kbps (135 KBps)
- CPU 16% - 25% when in 858 x 546 window
- CPU 34% - 41% full screen
- 34 MB RAM usage