Twitch, the Amaozn-owned live gaming videos broadcasting platform today announced, that it has reduced streaming delays on its platform by almost 33% of the original time, thus further stomping its authority of being the best in the video game streaming domain.
Twitch.tv is a live streaming video platform, started independently in June 2011 as a spin-off of the general-interest streaming platform Justin.tv, but later acquired by Amazon for $970 Million. The site primarily focuses on video gaming, including play-throughs of video games by users, broadcasts of e-sports competitions, and other gaming-related events. Content on the site can either be viewed live, or viewed on an on-demand basis.
Earlier some time ago, Twitch added around 30 seconds of delay to every stream to reduce server loads, which has been pretty much annoying for all of its users. Making amendments to its earlier adoptions, Twitch will now allow you to drop the average length of the delay by about 33 percent, when it’s toggled on through Settings menu.
Twitch product marketing manager, Georgia Price said-
Based on community feedback, one of the major projects we have been working on over the last year is significantly reducing stream delay. This is a significant feature that should make Twitch’s social video experience more seamless.
In order to achieve this, top brains at the company shrunk the video packets from 4 second segments to just 2 seconds. This drastically decreases the size of the data that goes through Twitch’s pipeline at one time.
However, Twitch has also made it clear that people with shaky internet connections will likely end up encountering buffering more often.
Twitch wrote in its blog post-
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.
Instead of forcefully applying these changes to all of its broadcasts, Twitch is offering an option to turn the feature on or off via settings as per your internet bandwidth.