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Low Latency Video

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Low Latency Video

This article provides information on the opt-in low latency video.

In an effort on continuing to provide better interactivity between broadcasters and viewers we are beta testing a new low latency mode on an opt-in basis.

Lower latency is important if you want to have interactions with your viewers. The lower the latency, the more quickly viewers can see your response to their chat comments.

While you’re helping to test the low latency mode we’d love to hear your feedback and any concerns or issues you’re experiencing.

Normally there is a tradeoff between latency and playback buffering, where a decrease in latency can potentially cause more buffering during playback. This is because there is less video buffered on the playback device and any interruptions downloading the video data can cause the device to buffer (i.e. waiting to download more video data). In order to maintain high quality video playback in Low latency mode, we take into account each viewer’s network condition and only reduce latency if we can still provide a smooth playback experience for that user. This means viewers with good connections will see lower latency compared with viewers with constrained connections.

How to enable

If your channel is focused on interactivity whether it’s through the content itself, Extensions or other mediums we encourage you to try out low latency video. If you’re not so concerned with interactivity you may wish to remain on the Normal latency mode for optimal video performance.

To enable low latency simply head to your Dashboard. From there select Channel under Settings. There you will see an option to set your optimization preference - select Low latency. After enabling this setting the changes will take effect the next time you start your broadcast. The changes will not retroactively apply to any on-going broadcast.


  • Q. Can I provide feedback on Low Latency?
    • A. We’d love to hear your feedback and any thoughts you have. Simply fill out this feedback form.
  • Q. How can viewers see Low Latency?
    • A. Viewers will only see Low Latency if a Broadcaster has decided to opt-in to the Low Latency mode AND they’re on a supported browser/platform.
  • Q. What browsers/platforms are supported for Low Latency?
    • A. We’re working to increase the browsers/platforms supported. We initially will only support viewers of an opted-in broadcaster on Chrome desktop. Mobile, Console, and TV devices are also not yet supported.
  • Q. What should I do as a viewer if I’m seeing unusually poor Quality of Service on a Low Latency Broadcaster?
    • A. Notify the Broadcaster that you’re seeing an unusually poor Quality of Service.
  • Q. What should I as a Broadcaster do if I’m seeing unusually poor Quality of Service while using Low Latency?

    Please note: you will need to restart your stream in order for the changes to take effect

    • A. You should check to see if you have recently enabled Low Latency and whether reverting the option fixes it.
  • Q. How can I check the latency for a channel I’m currently viewing?
    • A. Check your Video Stats in the Player under Advanced -> Video Stats

Twitch taking a step forward with Community Guidelines Update

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Twitch take the first step in cleaning up the streaming community and try to move their platform away from the cam girl streamers and have also made moves against hateful conduct and harassment. Hopefully mixer, youtube and hitbox will follow these steps forward too.

Hey Twitch Community,

Last month we announced updates to Twitch’s Community Guidelines. You asked some insightful questions about what impact the changes will have. As we approach March 5th, the date when enforcement begins, we want to give you answers so that you feel confident that you have a complete understanding of the updates.

What does Twitch consider hateful conduct?

Hateful conduct is any content or activity that promotes, encourages, or facilitates discrimination, denigration, objectification, harassment, or violence based on the following characteristics, and is strictly prohibited:

  • Race, ethnicity, or national origin
  • Religion
  • Sex, Gender, or Gender Identity
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Age
  • Disability or Medical Condition
  • Physical Characteristics
  • Veteran Status

Twitch will consider a number of factors to determine the intent and context of any reported hateful conduct. You can read more on Twitch’s harassment and hateful conduct policies in our Learn More article.

What do I do about people being harassing or hateful in my chat while I’m offline or AFK?

We ask that streamers make a good faith effort to moderate their chat with tools like AutoMod, building a moderation team, and/or by utilizing the numerous third party tools available.

So long as you are not turning a blind eye to content or conduct that violates the Community Guidelines, you should feel confident that no punitive actions will be taken on your channel.

Learn more with our How to Manage Harassment in Chat help article.

What should I do about viewers exploiting elements of my stream like text-to-speech to harass, be hateful, or post sexual content?

As a streamer, you are responsible for the content on your stream. Twitch asks you to make a good faith effort to moderate interactive elements of your stream such as setting a word filter or a notification delay to give yourself a chance to moderate incoming notifications. Ultimately, you will have to decide what steps are right for your stream and your community’s behavior in order to abide by the Community Guidelines. Remember to temporarily disable or mute any unmoderated interactive elements such as text-to-speech if you step away from your computer.

To what extent am I responsible for my community?

Creators are role models and leaders of the communities they create or foster around them. Creators should consider the consequences of their statements and actions of their audiences; we ask that you make a good faith effort to quell any efforts from those in your community to harass others.

Twitch should not be used to incite, encourage, promote, facilitate, or organize hateful conduct or harassment, whether on or off Twitch. We will suspend communities, organizations, and individuals that do so.

Learn More with our article on Hateful Conduct & Harassment.

Now supporting Beam and Hitbox

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Thanks for the amazing support, we are now expanding our reach from Twitch and YouTube to include Beam and Hitbox!

Our new links are

Be sure to follow our new pages, and if you want your streams to be followed all you need to do is the same as twitch but tweet like so

#teamtwitchhosttv @beam #twitchtvhostfollow


#teamtwitchhosttv @hitbox #twitchtvhostfollow

The Big Weekender - Road to 500

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The Big Weekender - Road to 500 official event with Partnered streamer @Vapour_Trail_ 


Friday 14th Oct 2016: 7pm till late,

Saturday 14th Oct 2016: 1pm till late,

Sunday 14th Oct 2016: 11am till 4pm.

All GMT time zone


Awesome event with awesome give aways including a copy of Miscreated! Make sure you check out this awesome stream for your chance to win and help get our friend to his goal of 500 followers! 

Should be a great weekend, so don't miss out on this one!


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