Twitch edges closer to broadcast TV with new feature
Twitch is introducing a new feature to the platform that brings Twitch channels closer to television channels: Individuals will be able to promote other streams on their own channel, even after they've stopped broadcasting themselves.
Host Mode will allow any channel owner to "host" any other channel, similar to embedding someone else's video on your own website. If you're a broadcaster who is done for the day, you can now use your channel to display another person's stream, instead of simply going dark until the next time you sign on. The chatroom in your channel will stay up, but your video will be replaced by an embedded version of the channel you're hosting. Host Mode is set to go live today.
"At our core, Twitch is a live video destination, so we're very interested in increasing the social connectivity between users," said Yoh Suzuki, senior product engineer at Twitch, in a press release. "We want to help our community discover new broadcasters and give users new and better ways of communicating with each other. Host Mode is a significant step in this direction with other new social features just around the corner."