As many feared with Google purchasing Twitch, changes associated with YouTube are already being implemented on the streaming giant. Some of the smaller changes have to do with saving videos on demand (VODs), which the Official Twitch Blog stated that the service would be removing the ability to keep videos forever. Instead, videos will be saved for 14 to 60 days depending on whether the broadcaster is a Twitch Partner or a Twitch Turbo subscriber. However, the change that has users up in arms will likely sound very familiar.
Detailed in a separate blog posted shortly after the original, Twitch announced, and shortly thereafter put into effect, an audio recognition and blocking software to be used to search through VODs, old or new, and only VODs for the moment. The audio recognition software is provided by a third party called Audible Magic, and searches videos in thirty minute increments for copyright claimed audio. If (or when) it finds such audio it will mute the entire thirty minute block in which the audio is featured.
Of course, if that doesn’t sound broken or haphazard in its methods, Polygon reported earlier:
I haven’t managed to locate the videos that they spoke of (assuming they haven’t been fixed), but for those who make their living via services like Twitch, any amount of down time is never good. Also, some, if not many Twitch broadcasters used Twitch video archives as opposed to YouTube to avoid such issues caused by programs like Audible Magic.
Many of the streamers and viewers have taken to Twitter to express frustration, disappointment, and a lack of surprise. The following Tweets are those tweeted and retweeted by a very popular broadcaster known as MANvsGAME:
And of course there are many, many more that can be found by simply searching for Twitch on Twitter:
It’s worth mentioning that while this will not bring the streaming titan to its knees, with a competitor like Azubu gaining in broadcaster numbers and viewership, Google and Twitch should be a little more cautious.
This is bad news many could have predicted. I think everyone was hopeful that this wouldn’t happen when it was only rumored that Google/YouTube was in talks with Twitch, but knew that something awful could be possible. As someone who used to stream and preferred something established that does not rely on software and algorithms to filter your hard work, I’ve already made my accounts on Azubu. I’ve even found some of the streamers I enjoyed from Twitch on the competing service. To anyone who does not wish to be a part of this transitional period for th new Google owned Twitch, I recommend looking into Azubu.
Scott Deisner is an Associate Writer for MONG. He enjoys story and character driven content above all else, things made from potatoes, and long walks on sandy beaches ;P You can follow him on Twitter.