Friday, September 30, 2016

Twitch Prime

Twitch Prime was just announced during Twitchcon 2016 keynote with Emmet Shear

What exactly is Twitch Prime?
Its basically Amazon Prime but with added bonuses for the Twitch.tv platform.

Twitch Prime adds the following:
  • Free game loot every month
  • Ad-free viewing on Twitch
    Note Twitch Turbo currently does this and costs 8.99 per month
  • Exclusive Emotes and Chat badge
  • One Free Channel subscription every 30 days.
    Note regular subs cost 4.99 per month.
Some of the many Amazon Prime benefits include the following:
  • FREE Two-Day Shipping
    On eligible items to addresses in the contiguous U.S. and other shipping benefits
  • FREE Same-Day Delivery in eligible zip codes.
  • Discount on new-released box games sold by Amazon during per-ordering and the first 2 weeks after launch.
  • Prime Now: Get FREE two-hour delivery or scheduled delivery on over 10,000 items, from groceries to electronics and more. Plus, get free delivery from your favorite local stores. Available in eligible zip codes only. 
Full Details about Amazon Prime and benefits are available here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200444160

If you already have Amazon Prime all you need to do is to link up your Twitch account at http://twitchprime.com/

How much does Twitch Prime cost?
Its cost exactly the same as Amazon Prime 10.99 per month.

If you are a Twitch user who already subscribes to one channel and pay for Twitch Turbo, Twitch Prime is a better deal.
  • Twitch Turbo 8.99/per month + One Channel sub 4.99/per month = 13.98
    vs
  • Twitch Prime at 10.99 per month
    Savings of 2.99 per month
Which countries is Twitch Prime available in currently?
  • US
  • Canada
  • Italy
  • France
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • UK

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Automatically Host other channels

Auto Hosting Feature just added to channel settings for all Twitch Broadcasters.

A new feature has just launched at Twitch.tv that will allow broadcasters to automatically host other channels when their streams go offline.

Check it out by navigating to your channel settings section.
URL: https://www.twitch.tv/settings/channel


Settings Include the following:

  • Auto Hosting
    • Toggle all forms of auto hosting: teammates, host list, and similar channels.
  • Team Hosting
    • Automatically host random channels from your team when you're not live.
    • Team channels will be hosted before any channels in your host list.
  • Host List
    • Add channels to your list to auto host them.
    • Auto host channels similar to yours
    • Channels in your team and list will always be hosted first
  • Host Priority
    • Host channels randomly from the list.
    • Host channels by the order they appear in the list.


Another hidden feature that maybe beneficial for some broadcasters to check out is the "view" option under the Host lists for similar channels.


If you have been streaming for a while, it should populate similar broadcasters which you can then use to network purposes. These broadcasters maybe good options for creating teams, cross streaming and many other activities that can create good synergies.


Opinion:
Overall great feature for teams, makes it easier to manage since its automated. Not sure about the hosting similar channels automatic feature. I'm in the camp its better to know who you are hosting and have permission before just randomly hosting.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Twitch Staff on reddit list

Quick list of twitch staff that are active on the subreddit for twitch.tv. 


Twitch Staff on reddit list:


optimizeprime
CEO
https://www.reddit.com/user/optimizeprime

djWHEAT
Director of Programming
http://www.reddit.com/user/djWHEAT

Xangold
Engineering Team / Support
http://www.reddit.com/user/Xangold

FishStix1
Twitch Staff / Esports
http://www.reddit.com/user/FishStix1

hbokhari
Partnerships
http://www.reddit.com/user/hbokhari

chhopsky
Network Engineer
http://www.reddit.com/user/chhopsky

Pugget
Network / Tech
http://www.reddit.com/user/Pugget

alephprime
Team VOD
http://www.reddit.com/user/alephprime

misterslin
http://www.reddit.com/user/misterslin

slimscsi
http://www.reddit.com/user/slimscsi

Mucx
Design
http://www.reddit.com/user/Mucx

BlackLiteAttack
Partnerships Associate
http://www.reddit.com/user/BlackLiteAttack

IrelandOfEndor
Software Engineer
http://www.reddit.com/user/IrelandOfEndor

kixelated
http://www.reddit.com/user/kixelated

x410
http://www.reddit.com/user/x410

spla08
Community Manager of Education
http://www.reddit.com/user/spla08

b3george
Admin / Support
http://www.reddit.com/user/b3george

heresiarch
Data Scientst
http://www.reddit.com/user/heresiarch 

S0N0S
Moderation Lead
http://www.reddit.com/user/S0N0S

filmsushi
Video Ingest and Transcoding
http://www.reddit.com/user/filmsushi

BlitzTech
Web Playback Manager
http://www.reddit.com/user/BlitzTech

Equint
Video Player Engineer
http://www.reddit.com/user/Equint

nerolabs
Director of Engineering
http://www.reddit.com/user/nerolabs

flgr
Viewcount Lead
http://www.reddit.com/user/flgr

AcenthTwitch
Desktop Developer
http://www.reddit.com/user/AcenthTwitch

tdrobbo
Senior Director of Product
http://www.reddit.com/user/tdrobbo

Mowseler
Desktop Support
http://www.reddit.com/user/Mowseler

Use the list to review what the staff have been chatting about on the Twitch subreddit. Many times it gives some insights on current problems, future updates and key platform changes that are not generally announced.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Embedding Twitch on Twitter.

Quick guide on how to embed Twitch.tv live stream player on Twitter.

Follow these steps to get your stream embedded inside Twitter.

Step 1.

Create a html file with the basic Twitter card player meta data in the header section.

Example:

<html>
<head>
<meta name="twitter:image" content="PUT_URL_TO_LOGO_192x192_HERE" />
<meta name="twitter:card" content="player" />
<meta name="twitter:title" content="My Live stream" />
<meta name="twitter:description" content="Today's live stream will focus on awesome. Click play to watch now!" />
<meta name="twitter:player" content="https://player.twitch.tv/?channel=PUT_UR_TWITCH_CHANNEL_ID_HERE&html5&muted=true&quality=mobile" />
<meta name="twitter:player:width" content="360" />
<meta name="twitter:player:height" content="200" />
<title>Live Stream Twitter Card</title>
</head>
<body>
This is a test page for Twitter Player Card
</body>
</html>


Make sure to input the correct and wanted values in the sections. You will want to change many of the values here under title, description and image. Once you complete this upload it to your website.

Step 2.

Go to Twitter's Card Validator, enter the URL of the page you uploaded to your website and preview the card to see if its working correctly. If all is setup correctly you will then need to submit for approval. Twitters Player Card is not available for use until they review it and enable it for your website.

For more information on Twitter Player Card and approval guides make sure to check out their documentation here.

Step 3.

Once your player card is validated and your website is white listed for player card use you can then take that URL created for the player card and post it to Twitter.

Here is a example of a tweet with Twitch Live stream embedded on Twitter.

And that's pretty much all there is to getting your live stream on twitter. If you have any questions or comments fill free to post here, on twitter or on the live stream.

Other / Advanced Options

For advanced users some additional recommendations to use when created a file.  Twitter has a cache mechanism which will not save old card meta data if the URL has been submitted recently. If you use one file and change the title, description the tweets will refresh with the latest title and description.  To get around this you can use "QueryStrings", this will take a tiny bit of programming to setup but once its done it will fix the caching issue.