We should have a Button for hosting a channel as we are watching peoples streams. Just like we have a Subscribe button for streamers.
I don't understand why all these hosting-related requests got piled in here, but, regardless...
I like the "While I'm offline, check out ..." text, which gives a bit more clarity to what a viewer is looking at, but the mechanics are still confusing. If I host someone with /host, will their stream appear full-size, or just as a carousel card? Does autohosting work? How does a viewer expand something in the carousel (hosted stream or past broadcast) into a full-size player?
Ultimately I think the carousel is a misguided design that forces "modern app aesthetics" on something that should be given its own flavour. Have a larger layout with more things side-by-side. Put a large player on one side, and thumbnails on the other, and let me choose what featured content goes where, whether that's a hosted stream, channel trailer, latest vod, a popular clip, a new highlight, or multiple of those. Add a simple button to expand the player to full size.
And if the hosted stream is already being played full-size: Please, an **obvious indication** of that fact, instead of the tiny text under my username.
Why not add a host button to the streamers page?
It would be so much easier to host someone by just pressing a button than to go to your own dashboard, click host channel and find the streamers name.
Last week I literally raided another streamer and was confused as to why they were responding to invisible chat messages and not the raid. Turns out they had just hosted someone else, but it's basically impossible to tell!
It's been over a year, and I reckon viewers can still have trouble noticing when and whom a channel is hosting when they have the full-size player open.
ya existe, está debajo del boton de suscribirse
There now seems to be no point to hosting another channel when I am not streaming, as there is no indication on my channel page that I am doing so without jumping through hoops.
The useless video carousel defaults to the channel trailer video. If I remove the channel trailer, it defaults to the video of my last stream. The equally useless “customize your channel” button gives no options to choose what content will be shown by default in the carousel. A viewer landing on my page will have no way to know I am hosting someone else’s channel unless they:
1. Click through the video carousel until the hosted stream appears. NO ONE is going to do that.
2. Click on my username below the carousel. This brings you to the old layout stream player with the hosted channel playing. The game title displayed DOES NOT show the game/category of the hosted channel. Instead, it shows the game/category of the last thing I streamed. That is both confusing and useless.
Hosting another channel is one of the greatest features that Twitch has to engage viewers while a channel is offline. It helps create a sense of community by allowing viewers to discover channels with similar content. With this channel “redesign” you have rendered that feature essentially useless because it has been buried. A hosted channel should be the first thing a viewer sees in the content player when landing on an offline channel page.
If there is a way to have hosted channels appear by default, there is no obvious way to do so. Once again, you have removed a useful feature and rendered it totally useless.
Right now, when hosting another channel (both autohosting and manual), the only indication to a viewer that I'm hosting and not actually live, is the small text underneath my username saying "Hosting SoAndSo".
Viewers will miss that. Nobody will see that. I had to specifically look for it when I thought something was off and I was seeing person A streaming on person B's channel.
The old colourful banner across the page that said "ThisPerson is hosting SoAndSo" and provided a link to their channel was a lot clearer. It communicated this in a straightforward, obvious way.
Now, the new way of showing this might be an interesting take on increasing viewer engagement with hosted streams, but viewers also need to be made aware that they're not watching the person whose profile picture and name is big and prominent, or else there will be a lot of confusion, and perhaps a lot of accidental unfollows.
Now when I want to Host my friends who are also Streaming, instead of it being easily accessible and you get a good feedback from the Streamer and your own page, now I cannot even find the option to Host at all from their page, let alone what it looks like for my Channel Page.
At least bring back the instant Host button, if nothing else. It makes it much harder with this new page to be discovered and create a community with an integral feature essentially wiped from the page.
I had a great experience. However, would love it if the web UI has an easier “host channel” option like the mobile app. Thank you kindly!
Looking at the new channel page. If I want to get access to the new wonderfully laid out information on my page and I am already hosting another streamer, I have to un-host them.
So I have to assume that this will be the same for a potential viewer who wants to read my information or watch one of my VODs. The problem here is that they would not be able to un-host my channel.
I would be better if the viewer gets the option to embiggen the stream view at their discretion.