Twitch fires back at YouTube: video uploads incoming

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 26, 2015
Music and Video

After Google failed to acquire the streaming service Twitch it began to implement, update and release streaming features on the company's own YouTube video platform.

While YouTube is not there yet when it comes to streaming offers, the move while not completely unexpected should have raised concern at Twitch headquarters considering that Google runs some of the most popular Internet services and rarely fails to miss options to cross-promote its services.

Twitch held the official first TwitchCon yesterday and today in San Francisco and announced a list of massive changes coming to the platform in 2016.

Among them several features that puts Twitch in direct competition with YouTube in areas where YouTube is doing very well. This includes support for video uploads on Twitch which is without doubt the biggest of the announcements of the event's keynote.

What this means is that Twitch users can upload prerecorded videos to Twitch similarly to how videos are uploaded on YouTube currently.

This puts Twitch in direct competition with YouTube and while Twitch's content is limited to gaming, it is very likely that many content creators will upload their videos to Twitch and not only to YouTube once the feature becomes available.

While Google is busy adding streaming features to YouTube to compete with Twitch, Twitch is adding video upload and management features to its service to compete with YouTube on that level as well.

It will be interesting to see how this evolves over time. Will gamers move completely to Twitch or YouTube, or will they upload videos and do broadcasts on both services?

Other features of interest are options for broadcasters to create video playlists, a fully revamped conversations module and the ditching of Adobe Flash in favor of HTML5 video which will happen in 2016 on the platform.

You can watch a recording of the keynote by following this link.

Now You: What's your take on this? Does Twitch stand a chance against Google and YouTube when it comes to pre-recorded videos?

Twitch fires back at YouTube: video uploads incoming
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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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