Implement a Live Button Like Youtube
The video player will buffer causing a long "Latency To Broadcaster" when the streamer has intermittent connectivity issues. For desktop streamers this is usually not a problem. This is a nuisance for viewers watching IRL streamers who are streaming on less reliable mobile connections. Who wants to watch a stream where the "Latency To Broadcaster" is over 30s? or even 10s?
I have to open the "Video Stats" menu with every stream I watch to keep an eye on the "Latency To Broadcaster" to make sure I'm not too far behind the live stream. Nothing wrong with my internet connection. Problem is on the streamer side because they are on mobile. Twitch has made the viewing experience worse by making the "Video Stats" box even bigger that's not even transparent with the latest site updates. I understand some viewers will always have high latency issues due to poor internet service. But for viewers that want to say close to the live stream we should have that option.
Give viewers a live button similar to youtube to skip closer to the live stream... not sure why twitch hasn't copied this basic feature yet
Allow viewers to customize contents of the "Video Stats" box... so viewers can just display "Latency To Broadcaster"
Have an option in the video player where viewers can set the maximum "Latency To Broadcaster"... if the latency falls over 10s the player will automatically skip to the live stream... Ideally I never like to be over 5s from the live stream for streamers that have enabled "Low Latency"
Travis Gutjahr commented
I was just in a stream where i was 88s behind the broadcaster and i was like ugh, i sent my resub message 10 seconds ago and know if i refresh to catch up i'll miss it so i waited it out. Wish there was a catch up thing built in like Tobias suggested so it wouldn't have gotten so far behind.
Tobias K commented
I frequently get micro delays while viewing streams and end up delayed by up to 30s + before I become aware of it due to watching chat delay. The worst I've seen personaly is about 60s before I refreshed.
Add a way to auto mate catching up to live stream with x seconds by skipping frames and accelerating stream playback until live or within chosen setting.