Twitch TV to require subscription fee for 480p and above streams

Twitch TV will start charging for high end streams.


There are 2 types of subscriptions on Twitch.

Some streams (usually high-production tournament events) have required that you subscribe to their stream, to access 720p and up. In this scenario, the highest res you were able to get for free was 480p. Since there is now no longer a 480p transcode, the best you will be able to get is 360p. The vast majority of streams on Twitch on any given day are not these types of events with this subscription model.

The vast majority of streamer on Twitch are individuals. They often have subscriptions you can purchase too. However, from most cases I've seen, they dont lock HD resoultions behind the subscription paywall, instead they tend to offer things like the ability to chat, or custom chat icons etc. In this situation, your resolution options will remain unchanged (unless you specifically liked watching at 480p).

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GarrusVakarian1852d ago (Edited 1852d ago )

Charging for 480p! LOL. 720 maybe, 1080 yeah....but 480!

I wasn't interested anyway, now i'm definitely not.

Smkt1852d ago

shit move that will lose them market share to new entrants.

XB1_PS41852d ago

I don't see why they would do this. That's like Youtube saying they will require a subscription fee. Even worse than that actually, because Twitch gets NO WHERE near the viewership that Youtube does.

Mounce1852d ago

@sofresh412. You can't really compare a Live stream site to a video uploading site, to my recollection you can't stream videos.

Nor stream videos, have views and allow instantaneous messages. Though I'm quite sure Youtube will allow this in the unforeseeable future just to compete with this 'market' of people who love to stream and do things uncut

XB1_PS41852d ago

@Mounce Yes there is an established streaming service that YouTube provides.

Lunarassassin1852d ago

Actually there is a live stream on youtube and when the streams finish it auto uploads to your channel.

Tw1tch3D1852d ago

You guys, of course there is a live stream on youtube...but it's youtube and last time I heard they were owned by Google.

Mounce made an excellent point. They're their own company and are broadening it by providing "live streaming" to next gen console. They have to sustain that. It's not hard to understand. Quit always think profit is a bad thing.

XB1_PS41852d ago

@Tw1tch3D They make tons of profit off of ad placement. I don't think it's time to have paid subscription. I feel like it's not established enough yet. It still has tons of people not sold on it. Now that you have to pay to get decent quality video, those people that were on the fence are now gonna stay on the other side of the fence.

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OlgerO1852d ago

Ustream seems a lot better suddenly !!

ThanatosDMC1852d ago

Yeah, this news sucks. Now i cant stream my PC gameplay on twitch so my stupid friends could watch for fun.

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ajax171852d ago

There's going to be a lot of 360p videos out there!

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Intentions1852d ago

Just in time for Next-gen. :P

daggertoes831852d ago

Yea. Perfect timing since their business is about to triple. Maybe more who knows.

GribbleGrunger1852d ago

Next gen is about to begin. Let's take this opportunity NOW!

MasterCornholio1852d ago (Edited 1852d ago )

Ooo we have Xbox live users let's take advantage of them.


Just kidding but its pretty sleazy that they do this.

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GribbleGrunger1852d ago (Edited 1852d ago )

They have both Sony and Microsoft. This is the definition of opportunism. Mind you, Immersion haven't made their move yet, so they might trump this. Looks like it's going to be Ustream and Youtube for me.

Mazim1852d ago

Sounds like double dipping to me.

MasterCornholio1852d ago (Edited 1852d ago )

Well at least we have Ustream which at the moment doesn't have a subscription for 480P streams.

And the fact that it isn't behind a pay wall helps as well.

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