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Vodcast brings the Twitch community experience to uploads

May 31 2017

Twitch is at its best when communities watch together. This is true for live video, and now, it will be true for uploaded videos as well.

Say hello to Vodcast, the latest new feature on Twitch. With it, creators can host a live viewing event and play their past videos right along with their viewers. All the functionality of Twitch Chat is available in Vodcast, meaning you can enjoy past content — an amazing match, or maybe an embarrassing play — with the company of other Twitch fans.

Vodcast is part of our goal to create an engaging video experience for everyone on Twitch. Creators can use Vodcast to grow, engage, and monetize their communities around amazing content, past and present. And viewers can relive old moments in a new, exciting context.

I’m a creator. How do I use Vodcast?

From your dashboard, select the “Live” tab. Look to the far right and you’ll see a box labeled “Vodcast.” Use it to add videos to your queue.

After you add your videos, you’ll be able to start your Vodcast at the press of a button. Reminder: you won’t be able to re-order your video queue once it starts playing. However, you can manually override the order and play any video in your queue. You can also end the broadcast or go offline at any time.

Vodcast is live now. Try it out and let us know what you think on User Voice or via the #uploads-discussion channel on the Twitch Desktop App server! We’re always looking for ways to create the most fun and engaging video experience possible, and your feedback is a huge part of that.

FAQs

Q: How is Vodcast different than Playlists?

A: We took many of the learnings and feedback from the Playlist beta and incorporated it into Vodcast. The main difference is that Vodcast is a way to create live experiences around VOD content. Our hope is to make Vodcast a new way for creators to build their community by making it easier to interact via chat, integrating opportunities to monetize, and providing more ways for viewers to discover creators.

Q: How will people know I’ve started a Vodcast?

A: When you go live with a Vodcast, it will be discoverable through live channel directories with a “Vodcast” tag. Additionally, a white dot with the text “Vodcast” will appear on the player overlay, showing that you are live.

Q: How will views of a video during a Vodcast be counted?

A: Views of videos during a vodcast will count towards the total view counts for the individual videos.

Q: Can I play an ad during a Vodcast?

A: Yes, all the live dashboard tools are at your disposal for Vodcasts, including chat, streaming to a Community, and playing an ad during a broadcast.

Q: How many videos can I add to a Vodcast queue?

A: 200.

Q: Can I edit my queue once I start the Vodcast?

**A: When you start your Vodcast, you’ll be going live, and you won’t be able to re-order your queue once it starts playing. However, you can manually override the order and play any video in your queue. You can also end the broadcast or go offline at any time.

Q: How does moderation work for Vodcasts?

A: The same chat tools and settings you have normally will apply to Vodcasts.

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