Twitch has today announced that from today they are allowing Twitch Partners to be able to reduce the streaming delay that was implemented by the company not so long ago to reduce server loads.
The Twitch streaming delay forces users streams to be delayed by up to 30 seconds and can cause all sorts of problems for Twitch members trying to communicate to their viewers.
But from today Twitch has created a new way for partners of the streaming service to reduce this stream delay, all be it at a cost. Twitch explained in an email to their partners.
“Tomorrow, May 14, we will be releasing an option to reduce the delay experienced during a broadcast by an average of 33%! You will find the reduced delay option in your Settings page.
If you regularly interact with your fans in chat, we encourage you to help us test this feature. With reduced delay, you’ll spend less time waiting for replies and more time engaging with your community. You can opt-in at any time, but reduced delay must be turned on prior to the beginning of a broadcast in order to take effect. Please note that this feature is in beta while we measure its impact. It’s important to know that reduced delay does come at a small quality of service cost – particularly to viewers with poor internet connections.
Some viewers may experience changes in playback, with shorter, more frequent buffering times. Because less video is queued on a viewer’s computer, they will be more susceptible to variations in download bandwidth, and may experience more interruptions in service while video buffers. Rather than require every channel to switch to the reduced delay option, we’re leaving it up to you to decide what is best for you and your community.”