Twitch now lets streamers make broadcasts exclusive to paid viewers

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Twitch has been letting fans pay extra to support their favourite streamers through subscriptions for some time, but now streamers are getting the option to make content exclusively for those paying viewers.

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In order to broadcast a Subscriber Stream, streamers must be a Twitch affiliate or partner for at least 90 days, and have a clean record for the previous 90 "unique broadcast days", meaning that if the channel eats a suspension for any reason, the counter starts over.

Twitch is quick to note in the official announcement that these streams aren't actually private, as the previews will show a bit of the content and viewers are free to view clips from the stream without any subscription requirement.

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Twitch envisions Subscriber Stream could be used for a variety of purposes. Viewers who are subscribed to a channel at any tier will have access to a creator's Subscriber Streams.

Even after the beta period, this mode will only be available to Twitch Partners and Affiliates. These streams can consist of anything that meets Twitch's terms of service or community guidelines. This tag can not be removed and will always be the first tag on any stream that is using this mode.

Post-stream VODs will be available to subscribers automatically, and further permissions can be edited through the Video Producer tab on the dashboard. Each individual sub-only VOD can be changed to have no restrictions after the fact. So long as they're subscribed to the streamer holding the Subscriber Stream, they'll be able to view it with no trouble.

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