Category Archives: New Features

TwitchTV launches advanced statistics tool for broadcasters

At long last, broadcaster statistics are here! TwitchTV has partnered with Mixpanel to provide broadcasters a unique insight into viewer behavior and demographics. Now, it’s easier than ever to maximize the effectiveness of your streams and analyze your performance and traffic across a wide variety of categories.

Located under the “Stats” tab on your TwitchTV Broadcaster Dashboard, broadcaster statistics gives all of our content producers here on TwitchTV a detailed look into the full reach of their streams. Broadcasters can break down their performance by concurrent viewers, unique visitors, commercials played, chat activity, follow / unfollows, viewer demographics, and a whole lot more — all of which can be analyzed by the day, week or month if so desired.

We’ll be talking a lot more about the broadcaster statistics and how best to utilize this new feature to improve your effectiveness as a broadcaster in the future. For now, head on over to TwitchTV Broadcaster Dashboard, take a look at the shiny new statistics, and let us know what you think!

More info and details after the jump!

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TwitchTV iPhone App Updated to 1.0.1

Great news for those enjoying the TwitchTV App on iOS as we’ve just released the version 1.0.1 update on the iTunes App Store! This new update features improvements made to chat functionality, fixed sound issues that were occurring for some folk as well as a number of crash issues. Please download it today and tell us what you think! Also, stay tuned for updates concerning future TwitchTV Apps. We’re listening to your feedback and would like to know both what you’d like to see from the App as well as which platforms you’d like to see it come to next.

New functionality: Link to a specific time in a VOD

Hey folks, just wanted to let you know that you can now link DIRECTLY to a specific time within VODs! For example: Check out Liquid`HerO’s sick warp prism micro.

All you have to do is add a time stamp to the end of the URL – in this case we linked to the 102nd minute and 38 seconds by adding ?t=102m38s at the end of the URL (http://www.twitch.tv/liquidhero/b/297908075?t=102m38s)

Gonna keep this post short and sweet so… enjoy! 😀

Amsterdam Buildout: Increased Server Infrastructure and Stability in EU

This week, we’re excited to announce that we have expanded our infrastructure via a new datacenter buildout in Amsterdam. This was a necessary step for us to take in order to meet the ever-expanding demand for international video delivery on TwitchTV, and should go a long way to provide more stable streams with reduced load times throughout Europe and America.

But wait – this is just the first step in further infrastructure build outs in Europe, America, and beyond. Expect to see more news on this in the next couple of months.

Cheers!

 

New feature: Editors

We’ve just rolled out a new feature which will allow you to assign “Editors” to your channel. Here’s the info:

What can Editors do on my channel?

Editors can…

  • Run commercials
  • Update the title of your broadcast
  • Select the current game
  • Split archives on the fly

How do I add and remove Editors from my channel?

Simply go to your Broadcaster Dashboard and click “Manage Editors” on the top right of your screen to add or remove Editors on your channel.

Who should you add as an Editor?

We recommend only adding people you know and trust as Editors. Make sure they understand how to user the Broadcaster Dashboard well, as they will have complete control over cutting VODs and other important aspects of your live broadcast. You may only add “Editors” who already follow your channel.

We hope this feature will make the broadcast experience easier for all. You can now collaborate with friends in order to focus your attention on what really matter – producing awesome and entertaining content. If you have any questions or content, feel free to leave a comment below, or connect to us via Facebook and Twitter.

Features FAQ

While we transition all of your gaming channels over to Twitch we’re trying to get feedback from everyone about what’s missing, what’s broken and what needs to be better. To that end we wanted to quickly talk about some of the things we’re asked about often.

What’s the Transition Mean?

Many people don’t even know what Twitch.tv is or how it relates to Justin.tv. Twitch is the new home of Justin.tv Gaming. That means two things. First that eventually all of your channels and videos will be exclusively on Twitch (don’t worry though – people will still be able to find you through Justin.tv search and the Gaming Directory). Secondly that your Justin.tv account and Twitch.tv account are exactly the same. Your channel, videos, followers, everything you own will be available when using either website. No new accounts required.

Where is Meebo?

Meebo is gone. It most likely will not be coming back. Having spoken with many of you, we understand the need for both private communication as well as a way to discover who is online right now. We plan on adding those features back soon in a more integrated fashion so that we can guarantee its reliability.

Can I show my Info tab by default?

Yes! Check out your channel settings, there’s an option for doing exactly that.

Why can’t we have full channel customization?

Currently, you can only customize your background on Twitch, mostly because our settings page is not set up, but also because we want to create a consistent, easy-to-use experience for all visitors. However, we understand the importance of expressing yourself. Because of this, we have come up with the following three levels of customization:

Everyone will have the current levels of customization that Twitch currently offers as well as the ability to set a “dark” theme.

Producers will have the same level of customization that they had before Twitch. In addition you will be able to pick colors for some of the buttons on the page.

Partners will have a few more options than Producers which have yet to be determined.

Many people have expressed concerns over losing transparent header images. Sadly, because of the new Twitch layout we are unable to accommodate that change. We’re hoping that other changes will allow us to bring this back in the future.

But some pages still look like Justin.tv?!

We are very aware that when you click on some pages (such as settings) you end up back on a page that looks like JTV. There is a very simple answer to this; we did not design that page yet! When we get around to it, this shall be fixed. Sorry for any confusion.