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Twitch is a live streaming video platform which was purchased by Amazon.com in 2014. The service was designed for avid video game fans and participants, including video game tours from users, e-sports broadcasts, and other gaming events.  The website can be viewed live or through an on-demand setup for $10.99 per month. The site does not have any regular television programming, nor does it have movies on demand.

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The Good

  • Two subscription options
  • Stream through software
  • Quality options

Subscription Options

Twitch offers two different subscription options. The first is an ad-driven, but free, subscription. The premium package is called Turbo, which costs $10.99 per month but takes away ads.

Mobile Device Compatibility

Twitch is compatible with a number of mobile devices, allowing subscribers to stream without many issues.  Also, Twitch has a mobile app for both iOS and Android.

Ability to Stream Through Software

Twitch allows its users to stream within software, such as EA's Origin, to get their video gaming experience out there. Also, if users have a modern Nvidia card, they can easily stream their in-game experience to Twitch via the card's ShadowPlay driver feature.

Reduced Buffering Complications

With Twitch, subscribers do not need to worry about the strength or speed of the Internet connection. If users do have problems with streaming, they can transition between the video settings (high, medium, low, and mobile) to get your video back up to a consistent stream.

Twitch is definitely a unique streaming TV service, as it is for gaming, not a movie and TV episode viewing. The main benefit to Twitch's services is their unique platform and popularity among gamers. Twitch is quickly catching fire and is becoming a huge entertainment platform, creating an online gaming community. It is available to stream through mobile devices and Twitch's mobile app.

The Bad

  • Support for Mac
  • Archiving streams

PC-Driven Gaming Platforms

Twitch is catered to function at its best on PC-based platforms. There isn't much support for those who use Mac products for gaming.

Archiving Your Past Twitch Streams

Users have to manually set up archiving in their settings in order to access past streams. After 60 days, your archived streams will be deleted if you haven't automatically set up the save feature. Although Twitch is unique and not a standard streaming TV service, they have a few drawbacks subscribers should be aware of before paying for the monthly subscription.  Twitch functions best on PCs and doesn't have much support for Mac products.  Also, users have to manually set up archiving in order to view past streaming.

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The Bottom Line

For gamers, there are many benefits to using Twitch in order to stream and share your gaming experience. Users can broadcast to other users from within their gaming experience via specialized hardware. However, the high hardware overhead made this platform somewhat expensive to get the most out of. Also note that if you are wanting a traditional streaming TV service, Twitch is for gaming, not TV and movie viewing. We recommend reviewing the top rated companies before making a final decision.

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Miles Strother
September 30th, 2019 American Fork, UT

Twitch is the place to go for video game streaming, whether's it's to watch professional competitions or to learn from professional gamers.

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Tracy Womack
August 7th, 2019 Cedar City, UT DETAILS
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Twitch is so easy to use! They have great streaming services and it is so easy to navigate.

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Sage Robertson
August 5th, 2019 Cedar City, UT DETAILS
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I love streaming with Twitch! It is so easy to use and the picture quality is out of this world!

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Mazi Marcel Womack
August 5th, 2019 Cedar City, UT

Twitch TV is the greatest streaming service out there. It's super simple to use and the quality is great.

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Myles Cox
May 29th, 2019 Portland, OR DETAILS
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Extremely easy to use and infinitely entertaining. Guaranteed to have something for everyone.

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Liana
May 28th, 2019 Colorado Springs, CO

The best way to watch people playing video games live...since it is like the only viable option.

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Jeremy
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Twitch is a must for gaming and always comes through for professional games which is perfect.

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Twitch basically has no customer service. Whenever there are issues with Twitch's Amazon integration, their customer support (which takes 1-2 weeks to respond) just blames Amazon and does absolutely nothing to fix the issue, even though they are the same company.

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JAKE
February 8th, 2019 American Fork, UT DETAILS
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I love watching Twitch. It is really fun to be able to find and watch lots of different types of streamers playing lots of different types of games. Its fun to be able to have it very accessible. Its also fun to watch Fortnites in game events through Twitch.

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Erikka N
February 7th, 2019 American Fork, UT DETAILS
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My husband and boys are obsessed with watching Fortnite on TWITCH. Its been really fun for them to be able to watch other streamers. Once my boys get all their chores done they are allowed to sit down and watch it for a few minutes together and its alot of fun for them. The only thing I don't like is the language. Most times they have to watch with the volume down because its inappropriate for them. Would be nice if they had a rating system that the streamers had to stick to so more parents could know what streamers are ok for kids.

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Darius Williams
December 12th, 2018 Alexandria, VA

great streaming! watch my favorite gamers here without having to pay for a premium service

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Zaydn stott
December 10th, 2018 Alpine, UT

I use twitch for watching live streams and game addons and stuff like that and it just makes it easier to do that

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Dee Farquharson
December 6th, 2018 Washington, DC

I have a lot of friends that use Twitch. I love to show support for their streaming but subscribing costs money. Thankfully, since Amazon has acquired it, you get one free sub per month, so i use it wisely. I'm not quite sure how the bits and things work either. When I've tried to stream on two different platforms, I've gotten errors message. so I've had to use YouTube or Mixer. The merchandise is cute, thugh .

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Grant
December 3rd, 2018 American Fork, UT

Twitch is one of my favorite apps on my phone. I love the layout of the app, it helps me find what I am looking for. It is in an amazing app that I know will improve.

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Hannah
December 14th, 2017 Pleasant Grove, UT DETAILS
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Where else can you find a place where someone plays a video game I played when I was 12. It is a trip down memory lane. I loved Zoo Tycoon on the PC and it is crazy to find people playing that still on Twitch. That is really great.

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Emerald Scott
December 6th, 2017 West Jordan, UT

Twitch is a great way to watch gamers livestream. The interactions with other people can be kind of annoying, but for the most part it is a great streaming service. It's a great way to support people.

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Kenneth Okerlund
June 1st, 2017

Watching videos is a pain on here, I get frustrated each time I use this service. I much prefer just going to YouTube to watch streamed games there or even watch previous games that have been played.

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Michael Lyman
May 31st, 2017 Salt Lake City, UT

Twitch is one of my favorite ways to watch gamers game. I found it a few years ago and was just absolutely pleased with how easy it was to use. Streaming on twitch.tv is easy to get going and have viewers quickly. The UI they have setup is easy to use and self explanatory, allowing you to jump in and watch your favorite game or streamer quickly.

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Amy Lewis
November 20th, 2016

I am trying to get this cancelled with no luck. My child does not remember his user ID, etc. he hasn't used it in several months. They suggested I file a police report because he used my credit card. I told him he could use it! I didn't know I had to subscribe FOREVER! There is no phone number. You can only correspond by email.

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