Adblocker no longer effective on Twitch.tv

Oct 27, 2017
201
#1
Twitch.tv rolled out this system awhile ago but it really went into effect yesterday(3/16/19)for most people. I think this is really a game changer for ad companies looking to get out their brand on a big audience. Twitch.tv now embed the ads directly into the stream so even people who used the HLS/VLC method will see ads now. The only way to avoid an ad free experience now is to sub to certain channels that was grandfathered in with ad-free for subbing or having Twitch Turbo($8.99 subscription but still has limited exceptions). Twitch Prime no longer gives you an ad-free experience and went into effect of October 15, 2018(some still have it for a few more months)


https://www.reddit.com/r/Twitch/comments/b1xdgf/rip_ublock_origin_its_a_much_deeper_problem_than/



This is what the system they mentioned years ago.
https://blog.twitch.tv/introducing-surestream-for-a-better-video-ad-experience-on-twitch-3ca5ce3287c
 
Oct 25, 2017
10,173
#9
on the one hand this is good for streamers
on the other hand it sucks
on the other other hand I've been seeing ads for a while and ad blocker hasn't been effective for me, meaning I was probably one of those people who they tested on
on the other other other hand, streamers get paid yo
 
Oct 25, 2017
6,025
#14
How often do you see ads on Twitch? I only ever see one when I start a stream, but nothing beyond that. Of course I don't really watch Twitch for extended times.
 
Oct 25, 2017
844
#19
I don't use Twitch or stream at all, but it feels like you're not interested in watching content unless you can steal it.

Because that's what Adblock does.
Yeah I pretty much pirate all my movies and anime
Also my games

...anyways no, I just hate mandatory ad on refresh and such, it's annoying. Started to hate it ever since youtube was able to do it every ~3m on some mobile videos, it made the system way too grating for me.
Especially when the mobile app is more or less adless on VOD, can't say I care for it much.
 
Oct 27, 2017
143
#23
Ad blockers stopped working for me on Twitch a while back. It sucks, but I'd prefer to watch ads to support the channels I frequent regardless.

The thing that I can't stand though is ads in VODs. Unskippable ads play every 10 minutes. It's insane.
 
Oct 27, 2017
116
#24
If a streamer wants to run adds while they go take a break for any reason, that is a okay and I'm fine seeing those ads, but if ads happen during times that can prevent me from actually seeing something meaningful happening on the stream I'll be disappointed.
 
Oct 27, 2017
11,107
#26
Yeah, I'm assuming it's just SSAI server side ad insertion. Ad blockers usually work by blocking the known domains of ad networks, but this masks them so they look no different from the source video itself. It's not super new, but it definitely still hasn't fully gained traction
 
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Oct 27, 2017
12
#29
It doesn't really bother me for the most part, though I just wish esports streams that run ads during breaks didn't run ads upon entering the stream in the middle of a game. I've missed important action because of it when I've had to refresh because a stream froze, and it's really annoying.
 
Oct 26, 2017
689
Sweden
#34
Unless the streamer themselves runs an ad, you'll only ever see the first ad when joining a stream. It's really not that big of a deal.
Yeah a 30 second ad now and then is all I see, and sometimes maybe one on refresh if I am "unlucky". I really don't see the problem.

As for the money, I only ever watch one partnered streamer (all the other ones are only affiliates) so mostly ad money from me goes to Twitch. But Twitch is generally a good platform so I don't mind them getting money at all.
 
Dec 7, 2017
3,421
Canada
#43
I would be fine with ads but they spam you with like twenty ads before you start watching the stream and they sometimes even cram the ads in the most important moments. That happened a couple of times during CS:GO Major and I was pissed.
 
Oct 30, 2017
1,002
#44
I don't mind the ads on mobile, but they're a pain on the desktop website since it's easier to watch multiple streams it just turns into a mess as you jump around.
 
Oct 25, 2017
2,837
#46
How often do you see ads on Twitch? I only ever see one when I start a stream, but nothing beyond that. Of course I don't really watch Twitch for extended times.
Video game tournaments seem to fucking spam you with ads, like 5 in a row. And sometimes in the middle of a match if you DC and reconnect at least for me. This turns me off from watching any more of those TBH. Maybe just the EVO.

Like not joking when I watch the Overwatch League I would mute and bring up another window.
 
Oct 25, 2017
4,375
#48
Video game tournaments seem to fucking spam you with ads, like 5 in a row. And sometimes in the middle of a match if you DC and reconnect at least for me. This turns me off from watching any more of those TBH. Maybe just the EVO.

Like not joking when I watch the Overwatch League I would mute and bring up another window.
Wait, wtf? I thought the streamer had to take an ad break or something and literally cut-away from their stream in order for an ad to play.

How the fuck do they enforce ads that literally prevent you from watching ongoing content?