From what I’ve heard, partnered twitch streams are going to be locking down their video archives from now on. I figure there’s several reasons for this.
For one, concurrent viewer base is lowering down among livestreams. This includes partnered livestreams as well. Most folks are checking out archives instead of being there when the broadcast is live. By not being on the livestream when it’s live, the channel’s revenue decreases as they’re getting less hits than they potentially can achieve. This will cause viewers to realize, “oh damn, I won’t be able to view the archives easily. I’d best check out the stream while it’s live now.” Because honestly, no one likes to wait.
Second, eliminating people from uploading from their video archives to their own Youtube channel which basically boils down to this: Uploading to their own youtube channel to increase revenue from not only their partnered Twitchtv channels but from their Partnered Youtube channels as well. By doing such, viewers will automatically link the partnered youtube channels in other sites or what not due to limitation and effectively gross in more profit.
Bottom line: It’s another avenue of potential revenue/profit being exploited.