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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
It’s a wide world of gaming out there. We would know. And keeping up with new releases can be overwhelming. Especially those from smaller developers. Well, prepare to be overwhelmed no more.
Introducing the Twitch Indie Spotlight, a special promotions program designed to help smaller game publishers and developers build an indie community on Twitch, and to help viewers discover something new.
Starting this July, Twitch will give an indie developer the chance to highlight a game every month. You’ll be able to watch featured streams, hear from the developers, and check out the game in action right here on Twitch.
The first game in the Indie Spotlight is Vainglory. A new MOBA designed specifically for touch interfaces like iOS and Android. In fact, it was so well designed it received an Apple Design Award at WWDC 2015.
We’ll be celebrating it’s global release LIVE on July 1st with a 24 hour stream. The first two hours will be broadcast directly from Twitch HQ where the developers will take on players from across the globe. We’ll continue the spotlight throughout the month with exclusive streams showcasing the game and all it’s innovative touchy features.
Vainglory Indie Spotlight schedule:
Catch everything at twitch.tv/vainglory
July 1st at 2PM PDT – 24 Hour Global Launch Celebration
July 8th, 15th, and 22nd at 2pm PDT– MOBA pro Zekent hosts a weekly stream introducing newcomers to Vainglory
In order to make the subscription process seamless for Twitch users around the globe, we’re revamping our payment system, giving you a much-improved user experience and an easier way to subscribe to your favorite channels.
Now you can send private chat messages without leaving your current chat.
Whisper to friends, followers, and subscribers to chat privately one-on-one across all of Twitch. Your whisper will show up in-line with the rest of chat on web and mobile apps no matter what channel you’re on. If you’re watching Lirik and your friend is watching MANvsGAME, you can still whisper to him/her as long as you are both online. But only you and the user you’re whispering to will be able to see the conversation.
You’ve been asking for it, we’ve been working on it, and it’s finally here: VODs on mobile! You will now be able to watch highlights and past broadcasts from all Twitch Partners and a growing number of broadcasters whose videos are HLS enabled.
Available VODs are found on a channel’s Activity Feed. There are two ways to get there:
- If you’re watching a live channel, tap the Activity Feed icon located on the player. For iOS this is on the top left of the player, and for Android it’s on the bottom left.
- If you’re on the Search page or Following directory, tapping any offline channel will also take you directly to the Activity Feed.
A note for our Android users
With this release, we’ve made some changes to our Android app to address a possible security vulnerability. The change requires you to download and install a completely new app rather than update the old one. We know this isn’t ideal, and we’ll do our best to make it a one-time deal.
To get our new v4.0 app, visit g.co.play/twitchapp. After you’ve installed the new app, make sure you delete the old one (v3.2.3) from your device, as we will no longer support it starting May 20th, 2015. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
EDIT: To use our new v.4.0 app, you will also need to be on Android 4.1+. For users who are on lower versions of Android, please do not delete the app. Note: v3.2.3 will not contain VODs.
Beginning today, all broadcasters will have the option to reduce stream delay on their broadcasts via an on-off toggle in Settings. Enabling this feature reduces delay on average by 33%.
How have we reduced the delay? We’ve successfully cut the video segment size from four seconds to two seconds, which decreases the amount of video that is stored in the processing pipeline. If you’re a broadcaster who spends a lot of time interacting with chat, this new reduced delay option means you’ll spend less time waiting for replies.
It’s official – we’ve got a new channel on Roku players and Roku TV models. Our new experience for the Roku platform lets you:
- Watch live broadcasts just like web.
- Browse by live channels and games.
- Follow broadcasters, thereby adding them to your home screen.
The channel is available for all current-generation Roku players in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Ireland, and Roku TV models in the U.S. and Canada. Add Twitch to your Roku player or Roku TV model, visit our channel page or search for “Twitch” in the Roku Channel Store on your device.
Today, we’re releasing a new way to submit an appeal if you believe one of your videos has been incorrectly flagged by our Audio Recognition system.
The new functionality will initially be available to all members of the Twitch Partner Program and non-partner broadcasters whose videos are in HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) format, which is roughly 25% of non-partner broadcasters. We are in the process of storing all newly created VODs in HLS format rather than Flash Video (FLV) format. (How can you tell if your videos are in HLS or FLV? Check the VOD URL. HLS VODs will have /v/ in the URL; FLV will have /b/.)
For those broadcasters not included in the introductory rollout, the Audio Recognition appeal process will function as it currently does today. All broadcasters will still be able to appeal a muted VOD regardless of format.
Starting today, you’ll be able to use Chat Mentions on both iOS and Android. Just like web, when you mention someone in chat, that name will be bolded in the mentioned user’s selected chat color.
To mention someone, type @ or tap on a username within the chat window. From there, you can choose to mention (happy face) or ignore a user (sad face). If you’re the moderator of a channel, you’ll also see options to time-out or ban someone. Note: You can still moderate using the viewer list.
In the last week, we’ve rolled out two updates to chat: Display Names and an emote selector. Let’s take a look at each one.
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.