The online game streaming platform Twitch has today announced that it will be making some new changes to its service, the most interesting of which are its plans to mute any unauthorized audio from live video streams on the platform.

On top of that, the service also revealed that it will be removing the keep forever feature from its service, but will be increasing the defualt storage for past broadcasts from 3 days to 14 days.

Those who are Turbo subscribers, or members of the Twitch Partner Program will get a maximum of 60 days however.

“We also discovered that 80% of our storage capacity is filled with past broadcasts that are never watched. That’s multiple petabytes for video that no one has ever viewed.”

“Unfortunately, increasing the amount of storage this way comes at considerable cost. In order to enable this, we have to remove the “save forever” option entirely for past broadcasts. Given the viewership patterns on past broadcasts, we believe the tradeoff is better for everyone. To be clear: this is not a move to economize on space. Due to the triple redundancy, it will actually require us to substantially increase our total amount of storage.”

Twitch released a new Twitch Video Manager today that will help members prepare for the upcoming changes, which may be getting ready for the long-rumoured buyout of the company by Google.

Source: Twitch

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