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As we mentioned at TwitchCon, we know that you care about how your content looks. Today, we’re excited to take the first step towards improving how your VODs are presented and discovered on Twitch.
When you edit the details for your video, you’ll now be able to choose from four, random, auto-generated thumbnails. Initially, you will be able to select different thumbnails for past broadcasts only. We will continue to iterate on the feature and providing you with more customization options.
Thumbnails provide viewers with a glimpse into what your videos and channel are all about. When done well, these tiny pictures can impact whether new or existing viewers clicks to watch a video — and can ultimately be a powerful tool to help grow an audience for the entire lifecycle of your content.
To select a new thumbnail:
- Go to your Video Manager.
- Click Edit on any past broadcast.
- Select between four auto-generated thumbnails.
- Edit the remaining details for your past broadcast.
- Click Done.
Have an Editor helping with the management of your past broadcasts? No probs — they can select a different thumbnail, too! If you need further support about how this feature works, check out our FAQ.
Note: For clarity, we updated some of the language in the blog post at 5:22PM.
Slide into your friends’ DMs on the go with our first phase of whispers on your mobile device! Starting today, a small sample size of Android users will automatically gain access to our updated whispers functionality. We will continue to roll this out to more and more users until we have gathered enough feedback for a full launch. After we collect enough feedback from our Android users during this soft launch, we will follow things up by getting our iOS friends in on the fun.
If your device is selected, you will automatically be able to update the app to have access to the new functionality. Check back each day this week to see if you have access! Keep in mind that this feature is still in beta. Please submit all your feedback about our whispers update by filling out a feedback report.
At TwitchCon, we shared with you our vision for whispers. Today, we wanted to give you a preview of Whispers 2.0, what’s to come over the next few weeks, and how some of you may even play a part in shaping the final product.
Chat is an incredibly powerful force on Twitch — it enables amazing community and friendships to form. When we introduced whispers earlier this year, we wanted to make it even easier for you to connect with others one on one. As you’ve continued to whisper, we’ve also seen opportunities to make the experience better: ensuring that critical messages get to you, reducing spam, and increasing cross-platform usability.
Beef up your account security by enabling two-factor authentication.
Two-factor authentication (2FA) requires two different methods of verification to log in to your Twitch account: your password and your mobile phone. Each time you log in, you’ll enter your password and a unique code that we’ll send to your mobile phone. If your password is somehow compromised, your account will be inaccessible without the code we send your phone.
2FA is 100% voluntary – if you don’t enable it, you’ll still be able to log in with your password as usual. However, if you’d like some additional protection, we encourage you to enable 2FA.
“They say everything looks better with odd numbers of things. But sometimes I put even numbers—just to upset the critics.” — Bob Ross
Hi, my name is Bill.
I was the second employee at Twitch, back in 2007. I can’t quite claim to have been around at the very beginning of live internet video streaming, but I was around to see its mass adoption.
It’s been an amazing privilege to watch live video grow up. From the really early days when what we were doing was only just barely possible, through a time when it worked but nobody could really figure out what to use it for, to the amazing rocket ship that is Twitch.
Twitch really started to work when we noticed a particularly determined community of video gamers who were doing something extraordinary. They were sharing their passion for video games via an entirely new medium: live social video. We decided to do everything we could to support this burgeoning community, and immersed ourselves in the gaming world. Today, there are millions of broadcasters on Twitch, with many of the most dedicated making a comfortable living doing so.
All along, the Twitch community has included a determined community of artists, crafters and builders, who have been using Twitch to broadcast their creative processes. These creative broadcasters share many of the same characteristics as all Twitch broadcasters: passion, engagement, and a community-centric worldview.
Today, we’re happy to announce our official support for the Twitch Creative community. There are a few things that make the Creative category unlike anything else on Twitch, so we, along with our launch partner Adobe, are excited to see what you dream up.
First, starting today, you’ll see an entirely new landing page for the Creative category. This includes a dedicated Featured Video carousel meant to highlight interesting creative broadcasts for the community.
Second, you may have noticed a unique tagging system on the Creative category that quietly launched a couple of months ago. This is intended to help broadcasters identify the activity they’re engaged in: things like #drawing, #animation, #watercolor, or #robotics. This is unlike anything else on Twitch and we’re excited to see what the community does with it.
Third, we’ve updated our Rules Of Conduct to reflect our official embrace of the Creative community. In short, we encourage you to broadcast your creative process on Twitch, be that visual art, woodworking, costume creation, prop building, music composition, or any other process in which you entertain and connect around a creative activity. We understand that this is vague. We expect to learn much about what is, and is not, appropriate for Twitch as the community grows. See the updated Rules of Conduct for details and our FAQ for further specifics.
And finally, thanks to our friends at Janson Media and BobRoss Inc., we’ll broadcast every episode of the original Bob Ross show, The Joy of Painting, in an epic marathon starting today at 2PM PST on http://www.twitch.tv/bobross. That’s 403 episodes of Bob Ross that will play over the course of 8.5 days. Just for fun, we’re releasing a special Bob Ross Kappa emote too (KappaRoss).
So, go forward, unleash your inner Bob Ross, and get creative.
Last month at TwitchCon, we announced the imminent launch of our new full-featured PlayStation app. That day is finally upon us. Our new PlayStation app is available right now, starting with PS4. Get it while it’s still got that ‘new app’ smell.
Our PlayStation 4 app provides the full Twitch experience. You can watch, follow, or interact with any broadcaster or game on Twitch – not just those broadcasting from PlayStation. It’s all the games you love, all in one app, across all your PlayStation devices.
Here are a few highlights:
- Watch live and recorded video of top games, players, and esports events
- Full chat integration (PS4 only)
- Follow channels and games you want to keep tabs on
- Discover new PlayStation 4 broadcasters through a featured section
What about PS3 and Vita?
Initially, this app will be available on PS4, with a PS3 and Vita launch coming later this fall.
Will it be available in my country?
We are launching the app in the Americas first. This includes: The United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Other regions to follow shortly.
Will the app work on my Playstation TV?
The Vita version of our app can be used on PS TV.
Visit the PlayStation Store on your console to get the app today.
We’re excited to give you a big update for Xbox One, including awesome chat features that were previously available only on web and mobile.
- Whisper Support: Now you can send and receive private chat messages on Xbox One, without leaving your current chat.
- Access to Broadcaster Language Mode: You can chat exclusively in their preferred language when this mode is enabled by the broadcaster.
- View Chat in Snap Mode: Can’t decide between playing Halo or following the chat from Worlds? Do both at the same time with our chat update to Snap Mode.
We’ve also addressed a handful of bugs, which you can learn about here.
Pop quiz. What would make any iPad app more interesting? If you answered ‘having Twitch open at the same time’, you would be correct. And now, our app has iOS 9 multitasking support baked in so you can do more of everything, all while watching Twitch.
Here’s a rundown of some of the handiest features.
Wanna look up speedrunning strategies or check Reddit without leaving Trihex’s broadcast? Just use the Slide Over mode to quickly move between the two apps.
*Supported by iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, and iPad Mini 4
With Split View you can divide your screen however you want and still use both apps. Live-tweeting a broadcast has never been easier.
*Supported by iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4
Picture In Picture
Now you can pop out our video player and watch a broadcast even when you’re outside of our app. For example, you can play Hearthstone and watch it at the same time. It’s all very meta.
*Supported by iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, and iPad Mini 4
And Last But Not Least
In non-multitasking news, clicking a Twitch link anywhere on your iOS device will now seamlessly redirect you to the app instead of our mobile site (iOS 9 only).
We’ve also updated your Airplay options. If you’d like to use Airplay mode, please enable it from your device’s Control Center.
Update your iPad to iOS 9 and download the latest Twitch update to start multitasking!
Amazon friends, we’ve got a awesome news to share with you. Starting today, you’ll be able to download a newer, shinier, fuller version of the Twitch app on the latest Amazon Fire TV devices.
Our app update gives you a more personal viewing experience on the new Amazon Fire TV, including the ability to login and follow content you love, an integrated chat experience and improved search. Here’s the full breakdown of features you can expect:
- View live and recorded video of top games, players & esports events.
- Follow channels and games you want to keep tabs on.
- Use our unique emote selector to easily interact with other viewers in chat.
- New profile pages to learn about broadcasters you’re interested, including the ability to check out their VODs.
- Hi-res video (1080p) support for new Fire TV devices.
Missed Emmett Shear’s TwitchCon 2015 keynote address? We’ve got you covered.
These are the upcoming features, products, and improvements that were announced today.
Here’s your chance to be one of the first broadcasters to access the upcoming playlist beta.
Turn your channel into a 24/7 viewing experience and create a playlist that will run when you’re offline. Select your favorite past broadcasts and highlights to showcase on your channel while your community keeps the conversation going in chat.
We’re happy to deliver a long-awaited feature for our Android fans: push notifications.
Starting today, you can receive live alerts for any broadcasters you follow. If you already have our Android app, make sure you enable notifications. This can be done via your device’s settings. New users downloading our app for the first time won’t need to do anything at all to get notifications for followed broadcasters.
Change your mind about getting a mobile alert for a specific channel? We’ve made that easier to change in your notification settings on your mobile device. Manage your notifications by tapping the Options cog in the video player.
And, that’s not all. With this release, you can find other improvements as well:
- If you have a tablet, you can chat in landscape mode.
- The search bar is now visible across devices of all size.
And, if you’re an engineer who would like to make our Android app even better, come join us!
In order to give our international and multilingual users a more cohesive chat experience, we’ve launched Broadcaster Language Mode.
Turn on Broadcaster Language Mode to let your community chat exclusively in your preferred language with other native language speakers.
Starting today, it’s a whole lot easier to broadcast your Android game directly to Twitch. Developed by Sony Mobile, Screen Recorder lets you easily broadcast your live gaming action on a variety of Xperia devices, including Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 ,Xperia Z4v, as well as the Xperia™ Z4 Tablet.
- Capture and broadcast gameplay from most Android games.
- Video capture from the front-facing camera.
- Audio capture using an internal or external microphone.
- Hide/unhide the controls and camera view or mute audio – all during a live broadcast.
- See how many people are watching your broadcast, as well as number of comments from chat.
To try out mobile broadcasting for Android, install Screen Recorder from Google Play,
Since the dawn of the time, our users have yearned to connect to chat using HTML5 instead of Flash – we’re pleased to announce this is now a reality. HTML5 chat is rolling out today.
With our shiny new WebSockets chat implementation, you’ll experience:
- Speed: Chat loads nearly 4x faster on average
- Efficiency: Chat uses fewer CPU resources, especially in busy chat rooms
- The Future: This is a big step towards a complete HTML5 Twitch experience