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Twitch Returns to Roku Players


A few weeks ago Amazon quietly pulled their Twitch app from Roku players. If you already had the Twitch app installed on your Roku player, you could keep using it; however, Amazon announced it was removing its app from the Roku Channel Store.

Now Twitch is returning to Roku players with the Twitched Roku Channel, thanks to developer Rolando Islas.

Here is how the Twitched Roku Channel is described:

Twitched is an unofficial video player for the Twitch streaming service. Watch top streams, search, or browse followed streams.

With Twitched you will find a long list of features including the ability to sign in to your Twitch account to find your favorited channels.

Before Twitch came to Roku with an official app, there was an unofficial app for the Roku player. Now, once again, an unofficial app has returned to Roku players for subscribers who no longer have access to the official Twitched App.

Back in 2014, Amazon purchased Twitch for a reported $970 million. Amazon has slowly been building Twitch features into Amazon in their efforts to use it to promote Prime and items on Amazon.

Cord Cutters News has reached out to Twitch and Amazon’s PR teams for comment, but both teams declined to comment.

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7 Responses to Twitch Returns to Roku Players

  1. Fred Koot January 16, 2018 at 10:09 am #

    Does Twitch have Tv shows or Movies?
    Thought it was for watching people game.

    • Rocksleeper January 16, 2018 at 10:30 am #

      Twitch is to watch players streaming their game for others to watch. So you are right.

      • Fred Koot January 16, 2018 at 10:40 am #

        Ok, not sure this is considered CordCutting.

        • Rocksleeper January 16, 2018 at 11:45 am #

          Depends what you like to watch. 99% of YouTube are just videos of 15 minutes or less of random people doing random things. The biggest YouTubers are just them doing Vlogs and talking .

          Yet we hear about the drama of Amazon/Google and YouTube all the time here.

          Different people watch different content. Any app that brings video entertainment content through streaming should be considered at this site. Twitch is something people sit and watch… Just like YouTube.

    • vnazario January 16, 2018 at 6:35 pm #

      Actually, they reserve one “feature feed” for non-gaming related content whether it is a sports event, documentary, etc. Usually, Roku will have a banner ad promoting content from the “featured feed” so, although currently reserving one special feed they may change that in the future and hopefully emulate what Veetle does or perhaps what UStream and Livestream do. If you launch the channel usually it will be the first “front and center” pictograph entry you see. Hope this information helps and answers your question.

  2. labatts January 16, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

    wonder how it performs as compared to the old one.

  3. Malignar January 16, 2018 at 5:36 pm #

    I will be watching myself play those games.