You try your hardest to keep up with your favorite streamers, but sometimes life happens and you miss a stream or two. If this is your situation don’t worry, below I will explain how you can go back and watch past broadcasts of your favorite streamers.
How to Watch Past Broadcasts on Twitch
To watch past broadcasts or VODS on Twitch, go to the channel for which you want to see the past broadcasts. Then scroll down and click on the “Videos” tab for that channel. Now, scroll down to the “Recent Broadcasts” header and you will see a list of all of that streamers most recent broadcasts or streams. Click on the one you want to watch and you are all good.
There are a couple things that you need to know if you are searching for past broadcasts of certain streamers.
For one, you may have to follow or even subscribe to a streamer in order to watch their past broadcasts. Following is no big deal because it is free, but subscribing means you are going to have to pay. Luckily, this isn’t common for small streamers and it is usually only the big streamers who require a sub for you to watch their videos.
They do this as an extra incentive for you to sub to their channel if you haven’t already. Small streamers don’t care as much because the most important thing for them is just the exposure and so if someone wants to go to their channel and watch their past broadcasts then great!
Another thing to keep in mind is that these past broadcasts expire. Yup. Gone. Poof! These past broadcasts will be available for 14 days after they are created, 60 days if you are a Twitch partner and then they are deleted by Twitch.
So if you missed a stream from your favorite streamer, be aware that you only have a certain amount of days to catch up before these videos are gone for good.
However, what some streamers do is highlight their streams so that way they never expire. Unfortunately, they can only highlight up to two hours and so if the stream was longer than that it may not be recorded on the highlight. BUT, what some streamers do to get around this is highlight different portions of the stream.
What I mean by this is if the stream lasted for 6 hours, they will make three, two hour highlights of that stream. They are still saving the stream in its entirety, it is just broken down into three different videos.
I know that could be annoying having to bounce around to different videos just to watch a stream, but it is better than nothing right? Now not all streamers are doing this, but for the streamers who are, this is an option for you.
Clips are another way for you to watch portions of a past broadcast. Clips only last up to one minute, but are usually taken by community members and they are meant to capture some of the best moments of a stream. If you don’t want to watch an entire broadcast, clips could be a great option for you. If you want a more detailed breakdown of clips and highlight, check out the article I wrote about it here.
Lastly, in order for you to watch past broadcasts of a streamer, they have to have past broadcasts or VODS enabled on their channel. It is literally just a click of a button and the past broadcasts will automatically save themselves. Most streamers have this enabled, but if for whatever reason the streamer that you follow does not, ask them why, then chastise them.
If a streamer does not have the save past broadcasts feature enabled on Twitch, once their stream is over that’s it. That stream will no longer exist and it will not be saved for other viewers to enjoy. Kind of a no brainer if you ask me, but everyone can do as they please.
Now I touched on how you can watch the past broadcasts on another streamers channel, but what if you want to watch past broadcasts on your channel? For example, me personally, I like to watch parts of my past broadcasts so I can find good clips to upload to my social medias. So how can you watch past broadcasts on your own channel?
How to Watch Past Broadcasts on Your Own Twitch Channel
If you want to watch past broadcasts on your own Twitch channel, you will first need to enable your past broadcasts to be stored. To do this, go to settings > channel and videos > scroll down to “store past broadcasts” > click to enable this feature. Once you have enabled this feature, your past broadcasts will be saved and you can watch your past broadcasts underneath the video section of your Twitch channel.
Like I mentioned earlier, these past broadcasts are only saved temporarily ( 14 days for casual streamers and affiliates; 60 days for Twitch partners ) so if you want to hold onto them you will have to download them.
If you choose to download your Twitch Vods, then you will want to get an external hard drive, like the Seagate 1 TB External Hard Drive (which you can view here on Amazon), to store all your videos on.
These VODS can eat up your storage quickly, especially if you are downloading them all on your PC and so an external hard drive can really come in handy. It is what I use to store my videos and images so that way I can have room for more epic games on my PC.
What to do With Your Saved VODS
Saving VODS on your Twitch channel does not take up any room on your PC as all the VODS are stored on the Twitch website. These saved VODS are great for making clips, highlights and Youtube videos.
In fact, this is what I do. When I have a good stream or have a few noteworthy moments of gameplay (it happens people!) I like to clip that moment and then go back and edit that clip. I pull these clips and highlights from my saved VODS and so they are easy to find.
Clips are great to put on your social media platforms to help people get a sense of what your channel is all about. Some of these clips can even explode online and drive a ton of people to your channel. This is rare, but not impossible.
I have uploaded a few clips to my Twitter (click here to follow me on Twitter), and the clips weren’t anything crazy but they did help me gain a few new followers on Twitter. The clips could be insane gameplay, a funny moment or something totally crazy that happened in the game. Anything that you feel like will draw people in.
These clips also stay on your channel and do not expire. So make them catchy and attractive to draw people in and make them want to check out your streams.
Highlights are similar to clips, but are used more to highlight important or epic moments on your stream. Highlights should be used to give people a taste of what they will experience on your stream. For greater detail on the difference between clips and highlights, check out my article here.
Lastly, VODS are great for making Youtube videos. You can take a VOD, and let’s say your stream is 3 hours long, you could easily find fifteen to twenty minutes worth of footage to make a great Youtube video. Having VODs is a great resource to make great Youtube videos.
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Watching past broadcasts from a streamer, or on your own channel is super easy! I think you should always save your past broadcasts and don’t see a reason not to. But don’t forget, your VODS do expire so get the most out of them before they go away…….forever.
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