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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.
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.