Twitch Adds Host Mode For Streaming Others' Content

Personally, I’ve never really seen the appeal in “Let’s Play” videos. Then again, it’s undeniably a popular scene and one that’s growing bigger everyday. Meanwhile, I simply grow older, crankier and further out of touch.

Twitch, the streaming website that was reportedly snatched up by Google for more than a billion dollars, is introducing a new feature called Host Mode. This lets any broadcaster host any channel on his or her own channel page. What this means is that if you wanted to stream someone else’s content on your channel to your subscribers, you could do just that. The original channel will get the credit for the viewers–and rightfully so–but it can all be viewed through your channel.

It took me a minute to see the appeal in this, but it makes sense if you and a group of your friends want to watch and discuss a certain popular stream without having to deal with hundreds or thousands of other viewers trolling the chat. At first, I was afraid it would make it easier to hijack content, and I’m sure we’ll see a lot of channels popping up that do nothing more than exclusively stream others’ content, but as long as the original host gets the proper credit, I don’t see any harm in it.

This is only going to make Twitch an even more powerful venue for streaming games, especially since doing so on YouTube now runs the risk of getting slapped down by developers. This is what Twitch is for, hands down, and it seems to working out just fine. Google is covering a lot of bases.

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Share Your Favorite Content with Host Mode
Jul 24 2014 Engineering, New Features, News, Press, Tech, Twitch Weekly

Introducing Host Mode a new way to share live channels without leaving the comfort of your home chatroom.

What is Host Mode?

Imagine youre done broadcasting for the day, and about to go offline. Rather than just signing off, Engage Host Mode! Your chatroom remains entirely the same, but your video player is replaced with an embedded version of whichever channels stream you decide to host. Now you and your chat community can continue to hang out even after youve gone offline.

Host mode gives a broadcaster the ability to host another channels live broadcast on his or her own channel page. Any broadcaster can host another channel, and any channel can be hosted. It works just like using an embedded player on another website, except it works directly on Twitch.

Why Should I Use Host Mode?

Keep your community together even when youre offline.
Promote other broadcasters and share your favorite content with your audience.
Watch your favorite broadcasters and events with your friends on your own channel.

How Does Host Mode Work?

To host a channel, type /host channelname into your chat. For example, to share the (shameless plug) Twitch Weekly show with your audience, you would type /host twitch. Viewers on your channel will now see the broadcast from the channel youre hosting. Theyll also see the broadcast title and be able to follow the hosted channel inline.

You can host one channel at a time, and up to three total in a given 30 minute period.

When you want to turn off host mode, type /unhost into chat.

Host mode is only available on the website for now.

What Happens When Someone Hosts My Stream?

Its still your stream, so all the viewers will count towards the hosted channels count. Additionally, theyll be able to follow and subscribe to your channel directly from the host channels page. If youre a Twitch Partner, you continue to receive 100% of your advertising revenue share under your normal terms.

Its very similar to having your stream embedded on a community website like http://www.teamliquid.net/video/streams/ or http://www.solomid.net/streams.

To be clear: the promoted broadcaster not the hosting channel will receive follows, views, and ad impressions (if a Partner) that come from any host channels in host mode.


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