Twitch has begun testing a new feature that can present you with amazing live streamers you’ve never seen before. Channel Changer shows random channels as a carousel at the bottom of the screen. When you click on any of them, you’ll be able to see a one-minute preview of the streamer’s content, which should be enough to give you an idea of what they have to offer. The previews are also ad-free, so you can surf the channel undisturbed until you find something to watch. As Twitch explains, this feature will make it easy to find out if you like a particular channel before committing.
A Twitch spokesperson told The Verge that “only a small percentage of [randomly selected] Logged-in users “will have a chance to test the feature out. The company plans to end the testing in July and then analyze its results. Although it’s still unclear if Channel Switcher will be released yet.” widely at this point or not, a spokesperson told the publication that Twitch plans to roll out repeats in the future and is thinking of offering it as an opt-in discovery solution.
Along with Channel Switcher, Twitch also launches Guest star, which allows up to five guests to join the same server in the stream. It works similar to Clubhouse in that live streamers can include other broadcasters and viewers in their broadcasts, but of course it supports video and not just audio chats.
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