Rollback the FireTV App to V9
The loss of functionality of V10 when compared to V9 is baffling. The redesigned UI is nigh incapable of assisting the user with finding non-live content, since the home, bowse, and category pages now only present live channels to the user.
In the prior app version, all followed channels were listed in a dedicated row about 2 rows below the top/live followed channels row. By removing this and all other non-live content, V10 of the FireTV app delivers an experience that is order of magnitudes more cumbersome to navigate compared to the prior version.
In the updated version users are required to search for individual channels (followed channels included) if they're looking for ANY non-live content, even content they've started watching but had to pause and return to later. Why on Earth should we have to go to the search section and search for any of that content in V10 when V9 gave it to us in a clean and concise manner. Moreover, if we want to know what our followed streamers have recently streamed, we have to search each one individually. And once we've made a decision on who to watch, we get to search them a second time in the same session. It's ridiculous and wasn't so cumbersome in V9.
I could give this a pass if the UI presented the most recent broadcast for each followed channel along side all the live followed channels at the top of the home screen. While still not ideal, at least then I'd only have to waste at most a little time passing through a vod I may not be interested in to get to their profile and find the content I'm ultimately looking for. But I can't even do that, and am instead shoehorned into searching for streamers I already follow.
And to top it all off... The chat history has been completely removed from the vods, and you can no longer send chat messages in the FireTV app.
You also can't force the playback overlay to hide in V10, and instead have to wait 5 seconds for it to disappear on its own. Before, in V9, you could hide it without delay by pressing down
Why has so much functionality been removed and the user experience worsened so tremendously?? Keep V10 and give us back V9!!!
This is one of the worst "updates" I've seen on any app. I try to chat like I used to on my firestick and am asked to scan a qr code which takes me to a website that's asking for a credit card? What kind of scam is this? I specifically bought a firestick to watch twitch on my TV and now I have to use my phone (the only chat work around I've found) while watching on my TV to chat? And why are my followed channels now hidden? Ooooh! So twitch can push gambling and hot tub stream. Gotcha! The amount that twitch goes through to **** off their audience is amazing!
Yeah I hate this new update. If I wanted to chat from my phone, I'd just watch on my phone. Chat is gone in VODs now too? I like to see the chat in the VODs. It was always able to be minimized for those who don't want to see It. Please put it back like it was.
I was wondering why I had to log in again this evening. This new UI and removal of features is absolutely trash. I want to give constructive feedback but this update is unworthy of such a thing. Please roll this back. I don't know why any devs these days think removing functionality is a good idea. This literally feels like a cheap third party app now. V9 was perfect. Nothing needed changing.
I agree with so many of these comments. There is no longer a way to get the bottom banner to disappear anymore (used to be able to hit the back button but not it takes you back to the previous page). There’s no longer recent watched vods, or followed channels on the home page. I understand this is meant to encourage people to discover different channels but the fact that we have to search for your favorite channels each time is such a pain. It doesn’t encourage people to watch different streamers, it’s just a pain **********.
The controls on this new version of the fire tv app are horrible. The banner at the bottom dims the screen and you can’t press down or back anymore to make it go away. It just sits there blocking the content and you have to wait forever for it to disappear on a timer. Roll back this version of the update because it is terrible. Also can’t chat from fire tv app anymore. Why??? Just why????
With the recent update I cannot chat on my TV anymore with the remote control. I now have to scan a qr code and chat on mobile, wtf please I don't want this. I want to chat without using mobile phone. At least set an option so users can choose by themselves.
Please return the ability to easily view all followed streamers and properly find VODs again on FireTV! The latest update is a nightmare for me.
Yes. The app has become unusable in its current form for me. No more videos I'm currently watching, pain to find VOD, and I have zero interest in anything trending - especially not softcore ****.
Please at least return the "followed channels" tab, and allow us to view chat on streams and VODs. What is the point of a live streaming service that doesn't let you follow the chat? And what's the point of logging in if you're going to make us search for our followed channels and recent views?
O que mais me irrita é o fato de eu não poder acompanhar o chat no VOD. Muitas vezes o stremer ri ou fala algo que vou no chat e eu não consigo acompanhar. Comprei o Fire TV Stick 4K só pra acompanhar as lives da Twitch, mas agora perdeu o sentido.
I've never experienced such a downgrade from an update in my life.
Please change this back. There are so many shortcomings on this version which have already been stated - I’ve also noticed that you cannot watch VODs after a certain time/scroll amount. As someone who watches VODs months old (mainly Critical Role), I literally cannot get to older episodes unless I use YouTube. I can’t even cast the phone application, or continue watching if I’ve started on my phone.
This really needs to be fixed. Sometimes in really bad states of mind twitch is my one safety and now I can't even find videos of the people I follow, let alone go back further than 2 weeks. I fall behind and then binge watch. I don't want to be stuck wasting time trying to find even 1 thing to watch in the middle of an anxiety attack.
I really hate the fact that when the streamer I am watching raids someone and I get a "This stream has ended" message instead of it switching to the raided channel. Instead of leaving twitch on in the background while I am doing things I find myself switching to YouTube instead. At least YouTube keeps playing videos..
Thank you thank you thank you bananimus3!
And reesej, if anyone likes the split chat like I do, it's resizeable. Def enough features it takes getting used to. Shiny though!
Yes! bananimus3 I was able to backload the app onto my fire tv THANK YOU. the S0undTV app makes twitch do what twitch should be able to do itself!
not just that but things the twitch app could never do, like view the chat in a tinier window when watching a vod instead of doing a split screen like it did when it existed before the update.
Bananimus3 you are so ****. Soundtv is sick thanks for bringing it up. I use it with a shieldtv and its perfect.
While we wait for something official from the hard working folks at twitch, discovered something else for all the good noodles out there... S0undTV.
Can we get some feedback from twitch on this? I really miss seeing chat in vods which is most of what I watch.