Neoseeker : News : Twitch.tv update imposes delay of up to 60s in all streams, viewer interaction severely affected
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Nightmare Samurai Dec 16, 13
Here's the main reason there's a delay.
"Hey, this guy's streaming live footage of themselves playing the game. Oh hey, this guy has his dick out. Kill it before the viewer sees."
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bluexy Dec 16, 13
Nightmare Samurai I've heard that speculation thrown around. I'm a bit wary of jumping to that conclusion when it seems pretty apparent this is just about saving bandwidth money at this point, but it's getting harder to trust their decisions.
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Nightmare Samurai Dec 16, 13
bluexy I understand that. But this could also be a "Two Birds, One Stone" type of deal. Save some money while stopping the spread of livestreamed dicks.
I imagine the amount of delay will vary upon user, the big name guys will probably get little to no delay as opposed to newer or offending streamers who could get the full 60 second delay.
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Lorx Dec 16, 13
Interactions were already a mess anyway, so I'm not really crying over that. For any channel with hundreds of viewers or more those streamers were needing to scroll up anyway from my experience. Slowchat on or not. If it does help their backend, great. If not, well I don't think we'll ever really know that for sure.
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Cannahuana Dec 17, 13
i've been a twich viewer since before it was twich,and i can vouch for how much worse the experience has become too, streams stuttering and starting some are just unwatchable.
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MilehighMario Dec 17, 13
This really sucks, the only thing I ever watch on stream is live fighting game tournaments. Imagine how sh*itty it is to hear live commentators 60 seconds ahead of a fight that normally only takes 2 minutes anyway.
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Lorx Dec 17, 13
quote MilehighMario
This really sucks, the only thing I ever watch on stream is live fighting game tournaments. Imagine how sh*itty it is to hear live commentators 60 seconds ahead of a fight that normally only takes 2 minutes anyway.
As I understand it, live commentary would be unaffected. Audio is tied to the video anyway. It's on a delay as a whole in relation to comments, not video to audio (that'd be dumb).
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Iceguy2003 Dec 17, 13
quote Nightmare Samurai
bluexy I understand that. But this could also be a "Two Birds, One Stone" type of deal. Save some money while stopping the spread of livestreamed dicks.
I imagine the amount of delay will vary upon user, the big name guys will probably get little to no delay as opposed to newer or offending streamers who could get the full 60 second delay.
I agree with the first part, and the second part sounds like a good idea if they implement that idea. They "say" they want to give everyone a great experience... so if they mean what they say, though, they would still increase the bandwidth.. yes, it will cost them a little money... and make it right. It's like they get MORE action, MORE viewers, and spend LESS money. Greed, imo. That or they really can't afford it. I mean, on the other hand, they ARE going against the majority of users..
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LTTP Dec 18, 13
This effects both viewers and streamers greatly, especially those who do loads of commentary.
Twitch is going down under, just like youtube did when it started to get popular, when money became more important then the users.
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Scraffyyy Dec 19, 13
I feel this will hurt a lot of the broadcasters I watch on twitch because those that I watch communicate a lot with the chat, and that's the sole reason I watch those streams. If they are unable to communicate with the chat the quality of said stream will then drop a lot, combined with random laggspikes that now happen a lot. This update will only be good for the bigger channels (the ones with 10k+ viwers) that dont interact with the viewers much. So Twitch.tv is now focussing more on the money they will be making instead of the viewers.
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Derek Dec 19, 13
Does this suck? Yeah kinda
Is whoever wrote this an overdramatic sensationalist excuse for a writer? Yes, absolutely

"Twitch folded when it tried to get rid of 480p in one of its last brilliant viewer-exploiting decisions." YEAH FIGHT THE MAN. Are you serious?
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Smurfie803 Dec 19, 13
Welp...*bleep*.
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Mefasm Dec 19, 13
This will help MOBA streamers with ppl who ghost their games. I think its not that bad
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NumberA Dec 19, 13
"but many viewers claim their are glitches" <- Really, "their"? try "there"
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