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Technology Apple TV finally gets an official Twitch app, years after everyone else

22:35  07 october  2019
22:35  07 october  2019 Source:   theverge.com

Twitch finally releases Apple TV app as public beta

Twitch finally releases Apple TV app as public beta It's been easy to find official Twitch apps for consoles, mobile devices and a handful of media hubs, but Apple TV owners haven't had any such luck -- you've had to turn to third-party apps that don't quite match the experience you find elsewhere. There's a native app at last, though. Twitch has released a public beta version of its Apple TV app through Apple's TestFlight program, letting you tune into your favorite livestreamers from tvOS-based devices.

It’s been a good day if you have an Apple TV — Spotify has released an Apple TV app, and now, Twitch has an Apple TV app as well (via Engadget). Before today, you had to rely on third-party apps like Twitchy if you wanted to watch Twitch on your Apple TV.

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It looks a lot like browsing Twitch, but on a bigger screen. There’s a “Home” tab that shows games and channels you follow, as well as a “Browse” tab that has the classic grid of game and section icons organized by viewer count.

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It looks like Twitch’s Apple TV app can get nice and dark — good for OLED screens.

Watching a stream also appears to look a lot like watching a stream in a browser — it seems you can even chat. Typing quickly on the Apple TV’s cramped remote might be challenging, but hopefully you’ll be able to use your iPhone’s keyboard and drop some pogs in the chat.

Watching Twitch on TV isn’t exactly novel — you could already use an Amazon Fire TV device, an Xbox One, a PlayStation 4, or even just a computer hooked up to your TV to do so. But if the Apple TV is your main streaming box, the official Twitch app seems like it could be a more convenient option.

Twitch Studio, the company’s streaming software for new users, is now in open beta .
The streaming site’s first software product is now available to everyoneLive-streaming is technically quite difficult: it’s live video production, which requires an understanding of the occasionally arcane ecosystem of software and plugins that make it possible. Like every other technologically difficult thing, it also requires a willingness to read a ton of forum comments in search of answers to troubleshoot whatever weird issue you’re having.

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