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Twitch removing ‘save forever’ option for past broadcasts to improve VOD

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Posted on August 6, 2014 AT 11:30am

In order to improve the quality of video on demand and expand it to mobile platforms, game-centric video streaming service Twitch will be removing the option to save past broadcasts forever, CEO Emmett Shear outlined in a blog post today.

According to Shear, the problem with Twitch’s current setup is that past broadcasts largely go unwatched. The overwhelming majority of views—84 percent—happen within the first 14 days of creation, leaving petabytes of video data on their serves unwatched. Highlights, however, receive 9x as many views.

In order to bolster VOD quality and save it out in a file type accessible on mobile devices, plus make YouTube exportation easier and secure storage of past broadcasts, Twitch will increase rolling storage from three days to a 14-day maximum, but remove the “save forever” option for full broadcasts. Highlights will be limited to two hours total length, but will be saved indefinitely. Highlight creation will be facilitated by a new video manager that allows players to create and export them from one system.

These changes should go into effect in about three weeks. Users with questions and concerns, Shear says, direct them to the Twitch team tomorrow during their 10:30 am PT Reddit AMA or send queries to vodquestions@twitch.tv.

Source: Twitch Blog

Chris Holzworth, News Editor
Chris Holzworth has wanted to write about games all his life. He first cut his teeth writing for enthusiast sites such as RPGFan, and after writing for just about every other enthusiast website he could came across, wound up as EGM's east coast news correspondent (read: editorial intern, a fancy phrase for "slave") before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. [Meet the rest of the crew]

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