Google Buys Twitch for $1 Billion

Youtube buys Twitch!

Google Buys Twitch for $1 Billion  

Google Buys Twitch for $1 Billion

 

It has now been confirmed that Google has bought the livestreaming firm Twitch for $1 Billion. At present we do not know much about this deal apart from the fact it has happened. It is expected that in the coming days and weeks we will learn the ins and outs of the deal as well as the exact purchase price.

Those that invested previously in Twitch are no doubt pleased, as they will be making several times what they originally invested in the firm.

At present both companies have declined to comment in the acquisition, but I expect them to make an official announcement soon.

 

Google Buys Twitch for $1 Billion  

Google’s YouTube division is reportedly in charge of this new purchase, which would represent a significant transformation in YouTube’s business. Many of you will remember when Google acquired YouTube in 2006 for $1.65 billion, and now they are buying potential competitors for similar amounts of money.

Google now owning both the largest internet video platform Youtube and the current No. 1 streaming platform Twitch will certainly mean very interesting changes for both the content delivery platforms. At present these changes remain unclear.

Join the discussion on Google's acquisition of Twitch on the OC3D Forums. 

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25-07-2014, 04:13:42

WYP
Google has now bought Twitch. With their already dominant video streaming site Youtube, do Google have a video streaming Monopoly?

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...035817256l.jpg

Read more about Google's acquisition of Twitch here
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25-07-2014, 04:14:25

RamboOC
Get ready for bugs! loads of them! Google, if it's fine, don't touch itQuote

25-07-2014, 04:20:52

WYP
All i hope is that Google keep running them as separate entities.

Every time google combines things together there are so many silly bugs.Quote

25-07-2014, 04:22:43

barnsley
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Originally Posted by RamboOC View Post
Get ready for bugs! loads of them! Google, if it's fine, don't touch it
Its really not fine. The servers are always having issues. If anything, access to google's hardware will improve twitch no end. They have the software, community and business model. Just not the servers.

So it'll be aight for 6 months until google start implimenting twitch emotes into youtube or something.

#KeepKappaTwitchQuote

25-07-2014, 04:23:13

MadShadow
Just wait for the damn Google+ integration. That's gonna so many people of. One can only imagine whats next... YouFlix when they buy Netflix? Who knows.Quote

25-07-2014, 04:23:15

Dicehunter
1 Billion you say ?

I think this deserves some "Evil" pinky action

http://audiosex.pro/uploads/profile/photo-6577.jpgQuote

25-07-2014, 04:27:53

RamboOC
I will miss the old framerate and bitrate
google will compress the stream so much and lower the bitrate that 1080p is going to look like proper 480pQuote

25-07-2014, 04:32:02

barnsley
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Originally Posted by RamboOC View Post
I will miss the old framerate and bitrate
google will compress the stream so much and lower the bitrate that 1080p is going to look like proper 480p
Twitch would have got so bad they'd have done that itself. Twitch has been struggling with its own popularity for ages.Quote

25-07-2014, 06:21:34

RamboOC
This is going to be all over twitch now

"We're sorry, your stream has been taken offline due to a copyright violationQuote

07-08-2014, 07:21:54

nepas
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Originally Posted by RamboOC View Post
This is going to be all over twitch now

"We're sorry, your stream has been taken offline due to a copyright violation

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Starting today, Twitch will be implementing technology intended to help broadcasters avoid the storage of videos containing unauthorized third-party audio. We respect the rights of copyright owners, and are voluntarily undertaking this effort to help protect both our broadcasters and copyright owners.

What Is Audio Recognition?

We’ve partnered with Audible Magic, which works closely with the recorded music industry, to scan past and future VODs for music owned or controlled by clients of Audible Magic. This includes in-game and ambient music. When music in the Audible Magic database is detected (“Flagged Content”), theaffected portion of the VOD will be muted and volume controls for that VOD will be turned off. Additionally, past broadcasts and highlights with Flagged Content are exportable but will remain muted.
The Audible Magic technology will scan for third party music in 30 minute blocks — if Audible Magic does not detect its clients’ music, that portion of the VOD will not be muted. If third party audio is detected anywhere in the 30-minute scanned block, the entire 30 minutes will be muted.

its already backfired on them as well

The official Dota 2 competition vods have been muted because they contain Dota 2 music.

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07-08-2014, 07:24:43

SeekaX
RIP twitchQuote

07-08-2014, 07:34:28

SieB
Fookin Google, man. They buy Twitch and kill it off almost strait away

Ok, killing it off may be an overstatement, but they haven't gotten off to a good start. After seeing how many youtube vids get false flagged by this same tech it looks like Twitch is going to be hit bad.

At least for the moment it is only on VOD, but I bet it wont be long before it is implemented into live streaming.Quote

07-08-2014, 08:13:43

SuB
Yeah got these today:
Quote:
Announcing a New Video Manager & Rolling Storage System

New Video Manager
+ Accessible via your profile drop down, left nav, or Dashboard.

+ Highlight tool with new "playhead time" button lets you easily copy start & end times.

+ Export past broadcasts of any length to YouTube.



Increased Rolling Storage
+ Highlights will be saved indefinitely; however, they will now be limited to 2 hours in length. All prior highlights will be saved regardless of length.

+ Increasing storage comes at a cost, and to make this change we have to remove the “Save Forever” option entirely for past broadcasts.

+ Existing past broadcasts will be removed from Twitch servers beginning three weeks from today.





How To Prepare
On August 27, we will begin removing past broadcasts from Twitch servers.

+ Use the new Video Manager to highlight your best moments so they will be saved indefinitely.

+ Export past broadcasts (of any length) you want to save to YouTube.

+ If you have additional questions, email us at vodquestions@twitch.tv.
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Twitch Broadcasters,

Starting today, Twitch will be implementing technology intended to help broadcasters avoid the storage of videos containing unauthorized third-party audio. We respect the rights of copyright owners, and are voluntarily undertaking this effort to help protect both our broadcasters and copyright owners.

What Is Audio Recognition?

We’ve partnered with Audible Magic, which works closely with the recorded music industry, to scan past and future VODs for music owned or controlled by clients of Audible Magic. This includes in-game and ambient music. When music in the Audible Magic database is detected (“Flagged Content”), the affected portion of the VOD will be muted and volume controls for that VOD will be turned off. Additionally, past broadcasts and highlights with Flagged Content are exportable but will remain muted.

The Audible Magic technology will scan for third-party music in 30 minute blocks -- if Audible Magic does not detect its clients’ music, that portion of the VOD will not be muted. If third party audio is detected anywhere in the 30-minute scanned block, the entire 30 minutes will be muted.

How It Works: Scanning VODs Only

Audio Recognition will only be run against audio in VODs. We are not scanning live broadcasts and there is no automated takedown of live content.

Flagged Content will display an on-screen notification informing viewers that content owned or controlled by a third-party has been identified. The progress bar will also be red for the duration of the muted section.


Please note that Audio Recognition is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate. It may return false positives or miss content from copyright owners who do not work with Audible Magic. If you wish to include music in your VODs, please remember that you are responsible for clearing all such rights (this includes ambient music that may be playing in the background while you are broadcasting). If you would like to include free-to-use music in your VODs, there are a variety of resources available to you, including:
Creative Commons
Jamendo
SongFreedom
Broadcaster & Copyright Owner Appeals

If you believe that your video has been flagged improperly and that you have cleared the rights to all of the sound recordings in your uploaded video, then we will consider unmuting your video if you send us a counter-notification that is compliant with the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”).

Any copyright owner that believes that any of their content is used in any live broadcasts or VOD without authorization should submit a notification of claimed infringement to Twitch pursuant to our Terms of Service. If you are the legal owner of copyrighted music that you would like to protect via Audible Magic’s technology, visit AudibleMagic.com.

Twitch has partnered with Audible Magic without waiving any rights or defenses available to it under law. Twitch is not obligated to filter content stored on the Twitch platform by its users and assumes no liability for the actions of its users notwithstanding the implementation of the Audible Magic technology. Twitch reserves the right to stop filtering audio content in VODs in its sole discretion at any time and without liability to any third-party, subject only to any contractual obligations.

We want to hear your feedback and questions. Tune in to the following events to ask us (almost!) anything:
Reddit AMA on /r/Twitch: Thursday, August 7, 10:30am PST
Twitch Weekly: Friday, August 8 at 2pm PST
And, as always, please feel free to leave your comments in the blog. We will answer as best we can.
Literally, will be the end of them.Quote

07-08-2014, 08:53:44

RamboOC
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Originally Posted by SuB View Post
Yeah got these today:




Literally, will be the end of them.
I knew this would happen...
Twitch is going to keep on degradingQuote

07-08-2014, 10:44:22

Thelosouvlakia
The only thing google made correctly was a search engine and a mobile OS
Everything that was done by someone else then google bought it was destroyedQuote

07-08-2014, 11:03:41

Wraith
Oh well, that's the end of that then. Something new will come along soon enough.Quote
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