Twitch Drops Ad-Free Viewing for Prime Members

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TheOneDan : adblocker dont work on twitch

Quirkylobster : Same thing as Netflix. The reason we pay is to have content without ads. Having the same product with ads and same cost is insanity if they think this will work out without backlash. But I doubt people will riot enough and this will become normal. It will happen with any stream service that has many viewers

Wesleygamer1 : This is just going to result to more people using adblock. Less people paying for twitch prime and less ads being seen. How does this benefit twitch again ? This is twitch simply stepping over a dollar to pick up dime. Unless I'm missing something.

TheGabbernaut : First Netflix, and now Twitch. Wtf is happening? I don't want to pay money to watch ads. That's the point of paid subscriptions!

Zero Cold : Who, in their right mind, would pay 9 bucks when there is the same service for free with an ad-block. This is so freaking stupid i can't even...

Earl Agustines : Next time I hear news about Twitch it'll be about how streamers are getting shutdown and demonetized for saying bad words and playing violent content

knightmarex13 : Adblocker, and yes I am aware of the consequences if everyone did that but that is were viewer support comes in Ie patreon,bits etc. Anyway I am one of those sit back and watch the world burn types so at least I won't have to worry about heating costs

FourEye : Oh. So they're just pushing people in to the next tier (Turbo)? Well that's not exactly surprising. Dick move, but yeah hardly an unconventional business model. :edit: I also recall that dear SovietWomble streams without any ads to _anyone_ . I don't recall how he does it; but he absolutely abhors ad placement, to the point of calling it harassing your own audience or along those lines.

gavin : if you pay money you don't get ads that is just the way it is supposed to be. i will never pay for a service that includes ads.

Daddy Joof : This is pretty much the same thing as Netflix "trying out" ads on their paid subscription service even though they have no other reason than greed to add ads

mad marker : I think this speaks to the larger problem of ads and adblockers in general. If ads had stayed somewhat responsible and respectful of their audience like most newspaper, magazine, billboards and even sports sponsorships we wouldn't have these problems. Instead we moved from static banner ads to ads with flashing colors, autoplaying sounds, popups, autoplaying videos and in some cases potentially malicious scripts. Adblockers almost became required. I remember when I would watch stuff for free on the Hulu site, three about 30 second ads total for a 22 minute or so show. I thought that was acceptable, it was less ads than what I'd get from watching something on cable which I was paying for. Then youtube started having ads on videos, there were times where I had an non skippable 30+ second ad for a video under two minutes. That's what drove me to use an adblocker on youtube. Maybe it's better now, I don't know. Ads are a necessary evil, I get that, but their own greed, implementation and abuse (typically from a few) have ruined things for everyone and drove people to adblockers.

TomaHawk PWPT : So basically don't bother buying a General Twitch Prime Subscription. Got it.

experiment506 : [Laughing in Ublock]

Drazen Graves : Oh look my adblock got renabled on twitch again somehow. it's the darndest thing...

KAIMERA PRIME : So wtf is the point in twitch prime then ?

Josh Blount : Maybe if they kept the ads short, people wouldn't be so upset. I think Arby's did a 5 second commercial where they just showed off some bacon and the guy says "Yeah, that's what I'm talk'n bout." Then shows the Arby's logo. I just HATE those 30 second long ads I sometimes see on youtube.

Kanagosa : Well there's one less sub fee I'll have.

Ainrev White : Ad Blocker is one of the only ways left to speak freely and equally on the internet anymore. People no longer want ENOUGH money, NOR do they want MORE money. They want ALL the money.

Mr. X : tbh, my reason for using a adblocker is poor internet. You'd be amazed at how much bandwidth some sites pull because of ads, and on a 1.5 plan - With a average usable speed of .7 most of the day, thanks Centurylink! - it really does make a noticeable impact on loading times.

The Big Brzezinski : I guess Twitch thought they had too many paying subscribers and decided to chase some away.

Anon F : I'll be cancelling my Amazon prime membership and telling them it's because of twitch

N7Vakarian : Seems like less and less reasons to have Twitch and Amazon Prime

MrFancyKiwi : The ad free viewing is one of the biggest reasons why I have prime at all. Guess I won’t watch Twitch as much anymore.

MechMK1 : Did Mr. Soderlund get employed by Twitch?

Denam : Meanwhile, at Twitch HQ: "Guys, our costs are rising thanks to *insert changes to the laws or simply lower profits*. But don't worry! I have a solution! We're gonna toss ads on our paying customers!" "But sir, won't that prompt people to unsub and thus lower our profits in the long term?" *Insert throw employee out of the window memez*

toucan : my wife took the kids

DaThingOnTheDoorstep : Twitch? _Needing_ money? You're joking. This decision is pure avarice.

ArkStrike : "Hey so we were running some numbers and it turns out we were doing something good and we weren't making the money we could be making and of course we are a giant company so we can't have that. so starting today we are changing this thing and in case there is any backlash we will go back to the old thing and try again later."

Onlypoptart : I honestly wouldn't care about twitch ads if they didn't show an ad every time you go from stream to stream. I tend to hop around streams spending anywhere from 5-10 minutes at each stream. I understand being aable to run an ad during a break or at the beginning or end of a stream, but watching 5-6 ads in less than a half hour makes me wish I was doing something else. About 80% of the time when I go to a new twitch stream, it will show me another ad, one of the two different ads that twitch is showing, normally ASUS or a prime promotion. I use adblock plus and every now and then (maybe every other week) twitch ads will bypass my blocker for a day or two, and when that happens, I normally just decide not to bother watching twitch at all.

Phillip Ebert : I'd like to thank Twitch for motivating me to cancel Twitch Prime.

David Welliver : So this change why should i become a prime member what do i get out of it. Twitch is removing the primary incentive to be prime so glad i didn't jump on that boat and just stick with my pesky ad-block

Sowel 44 : So Prime members can use ad blocking plugins without any form of guilt on twitch now? Good to know.

Accelerator : so your paying money for what? i mean, im sure most people pay for Twitch prime because they don't want ads. why would they want to pay for Twitch prime now?

VermilionMantis : Seems like a great way to lose a lot of your paying subscribers.

blazingsonic : "Nintendo is greedy!" Amazon: Hold my beer. 😈

LezChap : Ads don't influence my purchasing. It's a waste of marketing, time, and money all around...and content producers rarely get enough of the revenue for me to tinker with my settings to enable them.

Lord Destrustor : Every minute of every day, adblockers become more and more essential.

SaneCatLady : The biggest problem with the ads on Twitch is that they cut the stream, ad begins and finishes..then just black, forcing me to F5. Anyone else having similar issues? (and yes, i have cleared cash,cookies, reinstalled FF, used antimalware and AV... :/

Andrevus Whitetail : Laughs in uBlockOriginese.

zztoluca : Oh no if only there was a way to continue ad free... oh hello "ublock origin" how you doing my friend.

Rogue Dk : So Adblock and patrion combo to make sure money goes where they are supposed to? I can live with that. Honestly I wouldent mind if Twitch and Youtube displayed SMALL add banners during video/streams. Remember back in the day when Youtube did that? No one was that upset about it and very few people closed them down. But I guess that's not enough for big corps these days so... F them.

SolipsistWerewolf : Cancel the sub and use uBlock Origin. Twitch's loss. It's not like watching other people play games was ever worth money anyway.

NoodleIsLife : So they are pulling a hulu then...

Lynx X : Twitch/Amazon and more importantly streaming partners benefited greatly from the Twitch Prime service. The influx of having a "free" subscription that streamers could mention using was a less invasive way to gain subscribers and increase revenue. For Prime users the removal of annoying ads along with other perks on Amazon made the 13 dollar membership a good overall value. I don't see how this change can be good for anyone aside for the suits at Amazon and Twitch that want to leverage their large viewer base for lucrative ad revenue. Unfortunately this change is going to hurt broadcasters the most both in lost subs and having to deal with unhappy disgruntled viewers. I feel like this is a kind of bait and switch practice that companies use but stretch out over a longer period of time to avoid legal trouble.

Airi Akizuki : People using adblock on Twitch just increased by 500%

Davtwan : Most of this fallout could probably be avoided if they just said why they needed the money instead of trying to put a pathetic positive spin on things. Just say your reasons, Amazon. You want income for your new projects, drone maintenance, physical store fronts, or whatever it is. Staying silent about the why will make us assume the worst possible reasons, because you're not communicating what _has_ to be said. Until then, I'm just going to assume Amazon is kissing the rings of their investors.

Mitzos SirReal : if i had to watch ads on every video on youtube, i simply would not be on youtube... simple

Mi Ke : For an ad free experience in the Internet I use ublock origin. If something does not run with it, I do not use the service. I am a very simple man in that regard.

Sleepy .Time : wait, the internet has ads?!

Crymson DeAllura : I have paid for Twitch Prime for maybe 2 years now? I don't know how long and had my Prime but I've had my adblock turned off, I guess I'm turning it back on!