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Twitch's latest update reportedly affects streamer to viewer interaction heavily, delays of 10 - 60 seconds

Posted by DreamKing23
December 19, 2013 at 4:08 p.m. PST
Twitch's latest update reportedly affects streamer to viewer interaction heavily, delays of 10 - 60 seconds Updated: Twitch has posted a blog which responds to some of the concerns that have been raised about this recent development. You can read their response here.

Twitch has implemented a major video system update that is aimed at providing the best quality video to users on various platforms. This system update first went into effect on mobile devices and consoles back in May of this year, and is now fully live for public viewers across the board.

As a test run, Twitch first used the system for all viewers during the DreamHack Winter 2013 stream, which they stated was a great success. Although this new change benefits large scale productions like eSports events, unfortunately, gamers who stream themselves, and often communicate with their audience, are apparently experiencing issues.

A delay has been added to the service that can reportedly run anywhere from 10 to 60 seconds. This means that what is being broadcast by the streamer can take up to a minute for viewers to receive it.

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This delay is also affecting stream chats quite heavily. Streamers trying to hold a conversation with their audience becomes nearly impossible since the broadcast takes more time to hit viewers' screens, and numerous message can accumulate within that 60 second delay.

There have also been reports of video quality fluctuations that are making for low-quality, non-enjoyable experiences for the viewer.

The official Twitch blog posted an article with more details on this system update, and many of the delay reports can be found in the comments section of said post.

If you're an active streamer, or an avid stream monster, and have experienced any of these delays, please let us know in the comments section below.

Source: NeoSeeker. Thanks to RealPrismsword for the news tip.

Comments

Enter4none said on December 19, 2013 at 4:15 p.m.

Oh, well, I immediately go for the lower quality because it has been always more stable~ in any case I'll keep supporting Team Sp00ky! (among a couple more, but I forget their names easily)

#1
Caliban said on December 19, 2013 at 4:16 p.m.

chat has been messed up also.

#2
Cinderkin said on December 19, 2013 at 4:18 p.m.

Our Live Stream on Sunday was effected by this delay by 30-35 seconds. It kills the interactivity we have with our viewers.

I had to sign into the chat just to talk with our users, and that didn't help that much.

Twitch is frustrating for the smaller streamers out there.

#3
branbert said on December 19, 2013 at 4:20 p.m.

This is horrible, the only reason I stream is to have conversations with the chat while I play.. The interaction is what makes the whole thing enjoyable.. I've been in some ps4 streams where the chat is delayed about 30 secs and it's frustrating as a viewer. Now it can be delayed a full minute? PJSalt

#4
TorTorVega said on December 19, 2013 at 4:27 p.m.

A much bigger issue was twitch promising that they were only taking away password protected streaming, not hiding from directory, and then they took away the latter feature with no announcement of such. So Twitch doesn't care about a user's intentions (ie streaming for a small targeted audience) unless it makes them money. (No, it had nothing to do with the PS4 playroom)

So what we can gather from that change, and now the added delay, is that Twitch doesn't care about it's users. We need an alternative. :/ Sucks that Twitch went from being the awesome streaming company to being the corporate pig company in just a year or so.

#5
H_Magnus said on December 19, 2013 at 4:32 p.m.

"Although this new change benefits large scale productions like eSports events, unfortunately, gamers who stream themselves, and often communicate with their audience, are apparently experiencing issues."

Well that explain why I had no issues watching Capcom Cup, but all through this week it's been hell trying to watch Arturo, Juicebox and LevelUp. For a moment I thought my Internet was acting up.

#6
alfarin said on December 19, 2013 at 4:39 p.m.

They keep doing things like this to make us hate them, and the real issue is that nobody else is at their level for supporting game streaming.

Life sucks, sometimes

#7
HeatEXTEND said on December 19, 2013 at 4:42 p.m.

That male cow just took a huge dump over there :]

#8
sarif2soon said on December 19, 2013 at 4:54 p.m.

We'll probably only see this problem with Skullgirls streams.
(._.)

#9
Mark2013 said on December 19, 2013 at 5:11 p.m.

(This user was banned.)

#10
rakuko said on December 19, 2013 at 5:17 p.m.

yeah, Coopa's stream suffered a bit since a big part of his stream is chat participation for making in-game choices. one way to bypass is for the streamer to type in chat instead of only speaking, but it's still rough.

#11
Triforce said on December 19, 2013 at 5:20 p.m.

Caught that GoogleTube cold going around.

#12
TheLaw said on December 19, 2013 at 5:55 p.m.

Yeah, the twitch app has been insanely delayed for the 360/PS3 as well. Hopefully they can fix it.

#13
OhYouDontSayThat said on December 19, 2013 at 6:04 p.m.

i can attest to this. it averages out at about 27 seconds.

#14
RedRapperSux said on December 19, 2013 at 6:06 p.m.

This won't matter for majors, so ehh, w.e.

#15
ShiroiKaze said on December 19, 2013 at 6:10 p.m.

Was the delay intentionally added by Twitch? Seems like a dumb idea when the idea is to directly interact with people chatting with you

#16
dizzysamurai said on December 19, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

im pretty sure they probably care more about the complaints and issues with the dota sc lol type streams that generate tons of views and people during live broadcast, not so much the people who have such a small number that they are able to communicate with chat live.... they are looking out for the Walmarts and Costcos and Starbucks, not so much the mom and pop shops.

#17
GirlsOfGaming said on December 19, 2013 at 9:32 p.m.

have they fixed the sign-in issues yet?

#18
DarkPhoenixRises said on December 20, 2013 at 6:38 a.m.

Well I was watching capcom cup on my computer and when I switched to watch the stream on the Xbox360 the Xbox stream was at least the the full 60 secs delay behind my computer.....seemed like longer.

#19
cikame said on December 20, 2013 at 10:36 a.m.

I haven't been able to load the comments section of twitch for more than a year anyway...

#20


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