Now that we’re on Twitch I was asked this…
What is Twitch?
Twitch.tv was launched in 2011 as a video game, or video game competition, broadcasting branch of Justin.tv, which is a personal streaming service website similar to Ustream.
On it, gamers and gaming enthusiasts create their own Twitch channels to either broadcast live PC or console gameplay or host their own video game-themed video podcast programs for others to watch.
The site has also become known for broadcasting live video game trade shows and video game competitions, where it hosts hundreds of thousands of viewers at the same time for live events like videogame tournaments. Last March, half a million people tuned in to Twitch to watch people play games like Activision Blizzard’s “StarCraft”.
Twitch is now regarded to be the most popular services of its kind for gamers, with over 100 million unique visitors monthly. That’s up from 30 million unique visitors last year. In terms of bandwidth, Twitch’s traffic is higher than Hulu, Amazon, and Facebook. It’s mammoth, even if you’ve never heard of it.
I honestly have to say getting started on Twitch is SUPER EASY! I mean, I logged in and within a minute I had a free account and was watching videos and connecting with content creators! From the gaming angle It took a little work and a YouTube video while killing time before I got home and I was online with my PS4 in minutes as well! Things were going so smoothly I was concerned but my friends on Twitch were like, “Nope, its that easy!” and I definitely have to agree!
I’m just getting started with last night being my first twitch cast at www.twitch.tv/creativeplayandpodcast and it was super easy to do, as well as log in on my phone and keep an eye on what was being broadcasted. One fun thing was the 15 second delay we all noticed
Like a friend said last night, “Chat room…I haven’t been in a chat room since AOL!” It’s true Chat rooms have gone the way of the Dodo for the most part bit in Twitch it is really cool that folks can watch you play and can chat to you onscreen so it doesn’t distract you till your free to look over and see it on the side of the screen
Do they have Ad free service?
Why yes they do for a fee, Twitch Turbo for $8.99 a month will make your service Ad free as well as adding Custom Emotes, a shiny new Chat badge and more chat colors and more importantly they hold your videos for 60 days.
How long do they hold your video?
Ths was a question I immediately asked myself 😉 According the Blog.Twitch.tv:
“Past broadcasts will begin to be removed from Twitch servers. This also marks the beginning of the new VOD storage system:
- Past broadcasts will now be saved for 14 days for all broadcasters,
- And 60 days for Twitch Turbo subscribers and members of the Twitch Partner Program.
If you would like to keep your past broadcasts, you can easily export them to YouTube or create highlights with our new Video Manager. Additionally, you can save locally right when you start broadcasting.
These changes take us one step closer to our ultimate goal: to deliver the highest quality video across multiple platforms. As we mentioned three weeks ago, the new VOD system will support the features you’ve requested, like:
- Better VOD quality of service for international viewers,
- The ability to watch VODs on mobile and other platforms,
- Secure storage of past broadcasts (triple redundancy),
- And more.
This is an incredibly exciting time for Twitch, and we’re thrilled to have your support! Thank you for patience and your understanding while we work to create the best broadcasting experience for you and your communities.“
Let me know what ou guys would like to see us do on Twitch? We were thinking of doing some chat Q&A while PS4 gaming is going on =D