Forget about customization and user interaction in streams. According to some new policy changes on Twitch.TV, those who like to listen to music while streaming could be punished in their recordings.
With two major changes in policy today, users who stream on Twitch.TV will soon lose out on up to 30 minute chunks of their streaming audio if the music they listen to in-stream is copyright protected. While your audio will not cut out live, the first of two policy changes will bring down player’s ability to have immersion in recorded broadcasts. With entire 30 minute chunks of audio cut from post-production content, your Twitch recording may well be missing compelling story content, great tutorial bits, or your hilarious jokes in the future if you listen to a song that has copyright protection on file with Google.
As Twitch.TV’s new owner, Google is implementing the same sort of vice grip protection that caused a stir with gamers looking to upload tutorials to YouTube a few months ago. Including nearly any non-custom audio had previously flagged YouTube filters and will likely do so to your streams in the coming days as Twitch’s new policies take effect.
Furthermore, a second major change took hold today as part of optimization for Twitch. You will now no longer be able to save your entire broadcast on Twitch.TV from a long-term session. Implementing two hour blocks of maximum recording, users can now only save highlights permanently. Twitch states that this adjustment was due to Petabytes of data sitting stagnant on servers, where users never had a single view on their highlight. Additionally, this change is made as part of a shift to how long your automatic broadcast recordings will survive before you have to highlight them to permanently archive it in your Twitch.TV account. Formerly set to a three day maximum wait, users will now have 14 days to make an archive of their streams.
As we are streamers ourselves at PowerLeveled, we can see how this is VERY frustrating to users, but it is to be expected in a post-YouTube buyout. If you’re looking to replace Twitch, we’ve got our own reserves on better options. If you’re in it for the long haul and want to push your content out to YouTube however, Twitch is still the best place to get your console and PC streaming out to the web – for now.