Twitch moves closer to broadcast TV

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Popular game streaming service Twitch is introducing a new feature to the platform that brings Twitch closer to being a TV network.

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The new Host Mode will allow users to embed other channels within their own, broadcasting other people’s content when they’re not online themselves.

Viewers will be able to subscribe to the original channel directly and will count towards the original streamer’s viewer count.

“At our core, Twitch is a live video destination, so we’re very interested in increasing the social connectivity between users,” Twitch engineer Yoh Suzuki said 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.”

Stuart O’Connor