September 28th, 2018

Twitch videos will no longer be stored forever as VOD system changes

Twitch videos will no longer be stored forever as VOD system changes


Twitch has been analysing their video storage data and decided that old videos will be removed from accounts.

In three week old videos stored on Twitch accounts will be removed in an effort to provide users with a better experience. Based on their viewing data it’s become apparent that old video are not being watched so to provide better VOD quality and to allow viewers to watch them on mobile and other platforms, they will be removed.

Don’t panic though. If a VOD is made into a highlights reel of under two hours, the video can remain in the Twitch system. How long a full video is stored on the system before being removed will also depend on their membership tier. The new system will work as follows.


Twitch released a video to explain the new system and updated Video Manager which might make creating highlights a little easier. You can of course export your videos from the Video Manager directly to Youtube.

Twitch state that these changes are not being made to save on storage and they want to improve the service in the following ways.

  • Better VOD quality of service for our international viewers.
  • Ability to watch VODs on mobile and other platforms.
  • Secure storage of your past broadcasts (with triple redundancy, we make three copies of your past broadcasts).
  • An easier way to export highlights of any length to YouTube.
  • A step toward conceptualizing new features like DVR, matching quality options from live to VOD, and better VOD discovery.

The removal of VODs has not gone down well with the Twitch community, and even though there are some tools in place to help with creating highlights, the Twitch interface is still a pain to use and it’s going to be more work for casters. Videos that require longer than two hours such as speed runs or playthroughs may also struggle with the new changes.

To answer more questions on the above, a Reddit AMA is planned  via /r/Twitch on Thursday7 August at 10:30am PST.

You can always try the new service if you think all this is going too far.

Update: Now audio will be flagged for copyright. Read more…

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  • Paul Younger

    Founder and Editor of PC Invasion. Veteran PC gamer of over 22 years.

    • Nasarius

      Ugh. I’ve watched a ton of broadcasts on Twitch that are older than 14 or even 60 days, including very long ones like AGDQ.

      I get that they don’t want to provide unlimited storage for free, but so much stuff is just going to vanish forever. That sucks.

      • Tim McDonald

        Agreed, this is rubbish. I’ve watched quite a lot of Dota 2 tournaments on Twitch – most of which were older than 60 days. I realise that watching a 10-hour stream with multiple games and lots of in-between banter and analysis is time consuming, but it’s kind of rubbish that it’s just going to disappear 🙁

    • ehcmier

      I knew the purchase of the site was going to lead to a major screwing of it, but it was about waiting to see how. 🙁