Reduced Delay - We want your feedback!
Let us know in the comments your experience with streams using lowered delay options.
Note: Not all broadcasters have this enabled, and comes at the cost of different buffering for some viewers.
Is this a setting that just the broadcaster has or each individual viewers has?
I guess this is your feedback! had no clue it existed or what it is! ;)
The only option I'm aware of is disabling html5.
I find it a shame that delay has been getting worse over the years, please let us know (viewers too) if or when new options come available.
In the opposite direction of the reduced delay option, have an option for increased delay (60 seconds) for every stream. Partners still get their little bar to specify their delay.
I admit I don't know how the encoding process works on Twitch's end, but this may ease the overall delay for those who interact with their chat.
Reminding everyone that this is most likely a feature intended for a streamer focused on chat interaction, & if this isn't your focus, as a streamer you'd likely be better off with the feature switched off. There will almost always be more lurkers than chatters in any given stream, so as far as raw numbers go, it'd seem you're almost always better off with a delay-- assuming lurkers derive no entertainment from the chat/stream interaction, that is.
I know this doesn't belong here, but to everyone on staff: Jason is the guy who handled Vod's unban. Last time he was there, staff asked "who did you talk to? , but he'd forgotten the name. Recognized the face! >:)
Your current "reduced" delay is still longer than what you guys had it at before the TPP thing overloaded ur chat servers or whatever. I'm not staff so I can't know for certain, but I'm 80% sure Twitch added the delay to reduce some server load that was caused by chat input --> streamed game commands
The broadcasters that have been using this have been very noticeable - it's been great. However the end user should be able to set a preference setting to whether or not to buffer the request since I've seen complaints about excessive buffering when this option is enabled (though I've not experienced it myself). Send all data by default, but keep a buffer on the server for X seconds for those who need a little extra?
I've bin watching some streams since before the delay was lengthened and its nice to have the ability of having that delay back to how it used to be and being able to communicate without the confusion of a 30 sec delay.
Alecxander Ody commented
I have constant buffering since watching on stream
I have constant frame drops since you made the feature. Even if I am not using it myself
I have constant buffering since watching on stream (shortyyguy, summit1g..) since the update, before that could watch on source with 8-15 second delay.
I live in Ireland and connect to the london servers if that has anything to do with it.
I used to be able to watch 3 streams at once, one being on Source and the other two on High. Tonight I can't even watch one stream on source without near constant buffering. Seems like more then just a slight increase on bandwidth demand. This saddens me deeply.
I see around 4-5 seconds less delay in general which is not worth it imo. I would gladly take a few seconds more delay and still be able to watch on Source without the buffering. I hope a happy middle ground can be found.
Tony Bernard commented
Im trying to watch a stream and im getting over 30 seconds where I normally getting 15 seconds from this person. For me the new beta has just mad things worse.
Screenshot of Latency > https://twitter.com/welshtony1/status/599407366711463937/photo/1
I really enjoy the reduced the delay, it feels more interactive. I don't see a difference in buffering. A few twitches here and there but other than that I love it.
ive watched a couple streams where its a 5 sec delay and 10 sec delay over all im loving it thanks for the great change
Jan Bagge commented
make a slider so we can ajust ur buffer, i have a " down 50mb / 50mb up "
I find this feature amazing,
Tiffany Johnston commented
For the few broadcasters that I've seen with the option enabled, there's been roughly a 5-10 second improvement. It's nice!
I asked my viewers the delay was like 10 seconds and none of them had buffering problems, atleast none that i know of. :) It's amazing ^.^
Not a fan too much buffering and skipping here in south america
I tried this out today. Some people expressed having a huge difference (some having a 5 second delay, and others going from 30 down to 15 which is a huge difference).
However, I also noticed that most people watching had no impact of it at all. Not a single second removed for them. Maybe it's because it's in beta, maybe it's for some other reason. But those who did get the noticed change, said they loved it.
I love the idea of this feature, and look forward to it being stabilized and perfected to provide the smoothest experience for those utilizing it. <3