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We are happy to announce we’ve added significant server capacity to our transcode infrastructure.
To provide the best possible viewing experience, Twitch provides transcodes – High, Medium, and Low quality options – on our most popular channels. Without these options, every viewer would be forced to watch the exact same video stream. And because download speeds vary by ISP and individual, broadcasters using a single stream must choose between a stream which is too bandwidth intensive for everyone to watch smoothly, or broadcast at a low bitrate.
by: Ben Swartz and Josh Tabak
As some of you have already noticed, we’ve been experimenting with new ways to discover Counter-Strike: Global Offensive broadcasters. We’ve wanted to try using game metadata – organized information that describes what’s happening inside of a broadcast – to augment the standard Twitch experience for some time. With the cooperation and help of Valve, we’re excited to bring you the first version of an advanced directory, one which we hope will make it easier to find interesting content.
We’re committed to building a place where people from across the globe can come together to share their gaming experiences. You’ve probably heard of our ongoing effort to improve our global quality of service, and today we’re taking a different type of step towards improving the Twitch experience for our international audience.