Add an option to turn off of automatic subscription renewals
Please add an OPTION for users to opt-out of the automatic renewals system for subscriptions. Many users occasionally sub for just one month to a streamer, perhaps because they've enjoyed a stream or two. It takes several clicks and page loads to turn off that auto-renewal, and many users can forget.
It is ethically far better to allow this feature to be switched off. Some users might then forget to resubscribe, but that is economically better than forgetting to unsubscribe and potentially losing money. Twitch, it is OUR money we're spending on this website. Basic ethics means allowing us to manage that money as we see fit.
Why are Twitch Prime subs treated this way? Users must always manually re-sub their Twitch Prime. Why not extend that option to all subscriptions? I'd imagine the answer is because Twitch does not make money when a viewer uses their Prime sub, so there's no advantage to them forcing users through several clicks to turn off the renewal in the hopes that they'll forget. This would reflect very poorly on Twitch.
With this as an OPTION rather than an across-the-board policy, those users who prefer the automatic auto-renewal are still served. With Prime subs already working without auto-renewal, an option like this should be easily implemented.
This is different from the previous idea regarding automatic renewals, which recommended automatic renewals be an opt-in, and Twitch's response was that they didn't want users to need to micro-manage. This idea is to make automatic renewals opt-out, so users will not have that micro-management forced upon them.
I agree that I would like the option to only subscribe for one month and not have it renew. I like the freedom of supporting new streamers without committing to more than I wanted to.
This just happened to me and although its probably my fault, I'm not going to subscribe to anyone anymore for risk of twitch syphoning money unsuspectingly from me. Most people manage their money well, but this is a predatory way to take money from people like myself that aren't as paranoid about companies like this trying to take advantage of the customer as they should be.
I remember a previous suggestion being declined on the premise [sic] "We prefer people don't have to micro manage their subscriptions" but then we still have to micro manage to make sure our subs don't automatically renew.
I believe an option to subscribe once, be a default or an obvious option when you subscribe to someone.
When I subscribe to a channel, I pick the "alternative payment method" that lets me prepay for multiple months in a single transaction, then I immediately cancel it so it doesn't auto-renew afterwards.
It would be nice to not have to do that every single time.