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Now you can sport even more exclusive threads from your favorite broadcasters. Sweatshirts – in zip-ups and pullover styles – have been added to the Twitch Store!
Finding cleared music for your broadcasts can be a challenge. That’s why we started the Twitch Music Library earlier this year.
Just months after its launch, we’re excited to announce that we’ve doubled the size of our music catalogue! Our library now features over 1,000 pre-cleared songs for use in your live broadcasts and VODs on Twitch!
Ever wish you could do two things at once? Like eat a pizza and nap or, browse our app and continue watching your current broadcast?
Well thanks to our devs, that last wish has come true. Our latest update for iOS and Android* introduces a persistent player. This lets you simultaneously watch video and browse for other content. If you want to remove the persistent player from your view, swipe it away.
For our Android fans, we’ve got a bonus update for you…Audio Only mode. This lets you listen to broadcasts while your phone is locked or if the app is running in the background. To activate this new feature, tap the Video Options icon (aka the cog) in the video player and select Audio Only mode. At any time, you can also control this mode outside the app via system notifications.
Note: Currently, Android 4.3+ is required for the persistent player.
With over 10,000 emotes on Twitch, you can’t be expected to recognize every single one. So now, when you mouse over an emote in chat, the name of the emote will display.
[Note from Support: You may have noticed some craziness overnight with sub notifications in chat. That was directly related to this feature. We apologize for not giving a proper warning before pushing this to production.]
Declare your loyalty by letting everyone in chat know how long you’ve been a subscriber! When you’ve renewed a channel subscription, or entered a subsequent month of a bulk subscription, you’ll be prompted to share the news with your community in chat when the channel is live.
Update: On today’s (16-JAN-2015) Twitch Weekly at 1pm PST, our Chief Strategy Officer, Colin Carrier, will talk about Music and we’ll have a live Q&A.
Today we’re announcing two important music initiatives: the Twitch Music Library and the beta Music category.
Twitch Music Library
The Twitch Music Library (hosted at music.twitch.tv), is a library of songs pre-cleared for Twitch broadcasters to use live and with VODs (past broadcasts/highlights). As you may recall, we implemented an audio recognition system last year out of respect for copyright holders and to protect both our broadcasters and our brand. We knew it was equally important to ensure broadcasters had music options. Thus, the Twitch Music Library was born to offer safe passage through the less-than-clear legal landscape when it comes to audio rights.
The Twitch Music Library features more than 500 songs provided by established and burgeoning labels, including Mad Decent, Dim Mak, Spinnin’ Records, OWSLA, Monstercat, Fool’s Gold, and many more.
Music Category Beta
We are also announcing an experiment with music content creators: our beta Music category. The Music category—listed among the game titles you can designate for a broadcast—is for musicians to use for creating, performing, and presenting original music.
To better define our Moderation teams, notably roles and responsibilities, we updated Chat with a new role: Global Moderator. A Global Moderator is basically a Super Channel Moderator: all the privileges of a Channel Moderator across all channels on the site. Global Moderators are volunteers who have extensive experience and knowledge of all things Twitch. We hope you’ll say hi to them and look to them for advice and support. That icon is pretty bad axe.
A reminder that Administrators, or “Admins” for short, are paid personnel who review grief reports and enforce our Terms of Service. In short, they help us keep Twitch safe and fun.
For more on chat badges and what they represent, read this.
Introducing Theater Mode – a new way to maximize your viewing experience on Twitch. Theater Mode lets you full-screen the video player without losing chat and features an easy-on-the-eyes black background.
We know it’s true: Notifications have been notoriously difficult to manage and update. But that’s about to change. Now, you can conveniently subscribe or unsubscribe to email notifications directly from a channel page. No more hunting through your Settings to find the channel you want to receive Notifications from.
We are excited to deliver our biggest Xbox One update to date, packed with more features our community has been asking for. This includes a more personal app experience, new directories for Xbox One games, and the debut of videos on demand (VODs)!
We’re always looking for new ways to help you watch your favorite broadcasters and connect with other gamers — from wherever you are.
That’s why, we’re excited to announce our integration with Razer Comms on the new Stream Viewer.
Razer Comms free software lets you communicate with friends while you play (VoIP, instant messaging, game overlays). To make this experience even more social, Razer Comms has added the Stream viewer. This feature lets you:
- Watch Twitch broadcasts and host private chats with friends.
- Create and share playlists of all the Twitch channels you love.
- Get recommendations on new Twitch broadcasters to check out based on your current interests.
Wanna give the Stream Viewer a whirl? Visit Razer Comms for info on how to get started.
Twitch and Teespring have joined forces once again to offer hundreds of NEW t-shirts designed by your favorite broadcasters over the coming months. Stuff your closet with one-of-a-kind broadcaster swag and never do laundry again. [But crack a window if you’re not gonna do laundry.]
Over the next few weeks, 200 new broadcaster shirts will be added to the Store. These shirts are only available for a limited time, so snap up your favorites quick!
Two weeks ago, we gave broadcasters the option to set their Broadcast Language. Today, we are starting to use this data to provide better recommendations for international viewers. On both the Game and Channel directories, you will be able to see broadcasts that match your spoken language.
We’ve added a “Broadcast Language” setting to your Dashboard. This feature is aimed at connecting you with viewers who speak the same language as you.
Starting today, you can Follow Games on iOS and Android just like web.
Once you follow a game, you can access it from our revamped “Following” section. This new view has three parts:
- All your followed channels & games that are currently live.
- A listing of all your followed channels.
- A listing of all your followed games.
At any time, you can tap the heart icon on any game’s page to follow or unfollow it.
Notification Center Widget for iOS 8
For those running iOS 8, you have the option to install our widget for Notification Center. This lets you see what’s live — even from the lock screen. If you’re logged in, the widget will display top followed channels, and if you are not, it shows featured broadcasts.
Oh, wait. You’ve got an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus too? This update includes native support for your new device. The UI for iPhone 6 Plus now features three columns of games in the Directory, making it way easier to browse.
Broadcast Titles & More Shine for Android
Aside from Following Games, our Android update lets you see more info about the channels you like. The profile now includes bio info, number of followers, and total views. And, if you want to see titles for a specific broadcast, you can enable this feature app wide. Simply go to “Settings” and turn them on.