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  1. Random channel spotlight at the top of browse

    When browsing channels by game, make the top 3 or 5 channels listed random channels to help promote people who get less viewers.

    As it is now, people searching by game will notice more popular streamers right away and may never look beyond them. By adding a random spotlight at the top, it may drive more people to smaller channels instead of big channels pulling in even more viewers.

    Maybe change the spotlighted channels every 30 or 60 minutes, and add a special background behind them to stand out.

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    • Favorite Streamers option

      Give viewers the ability to favorite their favorite channels. These favorited channels will take priority on the new "following" bar on the left.

      For example, the viewer follows TimTheTatMan, Summit1G, Lirik.
      All of which stream relatively around the same time. However, the streamer is partial to watching Lirik over the other two. Favoriting Lirik would put him towards the top of this 'following' list on the left, to allow quick access to the viewer.

      This is a grand option for viewers that enjoy smaller channels but still have follows on the larger ones, as it bump the smaller channels to…

      3 votes
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      • Streamer audio channels

        Give streamers the ability to have multiple audio channels, one for voice, and one for music. This gives them the ability to play music, and the end user the ability to either listen to that music at a level they like, or the ability to mute it altogether. Not everyone has the same taste in music, and this would also allow streamers to play their music and not have to worry about their voices being muted if they play music that's copywrited, as the music channel can just be muted if that's the case.

        3 votes
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        • fix the page design to promote creative

          Currently creative is at the bottom of the sidebar. Why not move it so it's just under gaming? Like this https://imgur.com/ZASfOPZ

          Also why can't creative have a slot on the front page to highlight the most popular categories? something like this https://imgur.com/rrMqums

          5 votes
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          • Please improve team page

            I really like zapping through the channels of my favourite team page ( https://www.twitch.tv/team/gogcom for example), however there are a few annoyances: 1) I can't see what is being streamed, even the overlay with the controls just says "LIVE", not what game it is. 2) The chat isn't displayed. 3) I miss theatre mode, so 3a) black background instead of blinding white and 3b) large video instead of a tiny fraction of the browser window.

            2 votes
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            • all channels button

              I hope have a channel button that I can see all channels. It's inconvenient to see all channels now. I have to enter twitch's home.
              Then I could to see all channels button.

              2 votes
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              • view all members of a commmunity

                Have an tab under each community that allows you to see all streamers that are apart of the community even if they are not currently online.

                2 votes
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                • please remove recommend channels from the left side bar

                  it takes up to much room and looks ugly and the only ones it shows is people i FOLLOW already. i dont care about recommend channels i watch who i like give me an option to disable it!

                  2 votes
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                  • New user navigation is not good

                    Now it takes 2 clicks rather than 1 to get to the Overview page of my followers. While this is a small nit pick, I believe it would improve user experience. It only took 1 click to get to Overview before but now it takes 2.
                    I think reverting the number of clicks back to 1 will improve user satisfaction.

                    3 votes
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                    • Sorting options for game and community directories

                      Communities was a great idea however the communities are still ordered by viewer count which creates similar smaller directories to current game directories.

                      What I would like to see implemented are more sorting options. Being able to go from low to high, alphabetically, and overall time streamed of a certain game (ie if a streamer has played and streamed a game for a thousand hours and you want to find someone experienced you can easily sort by time streamed overall to find them)

                      As for filters I would love to see more complex options such as gender, country, age group.…

                      2 votes
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                      • Prioritizing certain followed channels

                        Add the ability to assign a priority to some of your followed channels to make them show up before channels with higher number of viewers.
                        This could be achieved either by added those channels to a strict priority list (like auto-hosting feature has) or simply assigning a channel as "preferred" with a flag.
                        A number of channels I prefer have a lot lower viewer numbers than the bigger channels I follow and better being able to see that they are live will improve the experience immensely.

                        6 votes
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                        • Restore game title text in the Channel Browser, or add box art for 100% of games

                          The Channel/Games Browser has been updated so that the game being played is no longer displayed in text, only the box art. This works fine for games with very recognizable box arts when they are shrunk down to a thumbnail, but most games on Twitch have no box art at all, or art that is indecipherable at thumbnail size. This makes it harder to quickly find channels you want to watch from your Following list. Please restore the game name as text.

                          3 votes
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                          • "Find more channels like XYZ"

                            Often my recommended channels are based on channels that I have logged many hours in, but don't have as much interest in lately. I'm personally more interested in recommendations based on some of the creative streams I've only recently discovered.

                            Bottom line is, just because we have many hours in a certain channel, doesn't necessarily mean we want recommendations based on that channel. Let us choose which channels the recommendations are based on.

                            2 votes
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                            • letting users look up streamers based on city, state and country

                              add the new feature where if you type a city, area, state or country (like on Linkedin) to find streamers near us or in a country, city, or state we are interested in particularly watching.

                              6 votes
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                              • 4 votes
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                                • Roku App Search (sort descending)

                                  When browsing games in the Roku app the channels are not sorted at all.

                                  In all other apps and online channels are listed by descending viewer numbers. On the Roku app the pages are full of channels with 0 viewers.

                                  This makes the search virtually useless.

                                  4 votes
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                                  • Combine less popular games into categories.

                                    Once you get past popular games, it's pretty much impossible for viewers to find you if they aren't already following you. For streaming less popular games, it would be more helpful to group similar games together, so that viewers can look at a directory of streamers playing, for example, recent indie games, or classic RPGs, etc.

                                    6 votes
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                                    • List Less to Most Viewers

                                      Would be nice to have the reverse order from less to most viewed channels, I have to scroll all channels down to get to know new streamers the way it is today, would save me a lot of time having this simple option.

                                      2 votes
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                                      • Recommended Channels

                                        Recommend new channels for me based on the ones I'm subscribed to, follow and/or otherwise shown to enjoy a lot. Ideally it would recommend channels that aren't well established already, as well established channels are usually very easy to find already.

                                        One pretty awesome criteria would be overlap in viewers. Let's say I've shown to enjoy channels X and Y. A significant part of both their viewers have shown to enjoy some small channel Z. That channel Z would be a good stream to recommend to me.

                                        8 votes
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                                        • Keyword/Exact

                                          Search options like Google, Exact keyword, contains etc.

                                          Also an idea is filters, like platform, time zone, game, country etc.

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