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Twitch is finally adding one of YouTube’s best streaming features

The platform is adding a rewind button, but it fees like it already needs to be improved.

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If you spend any time watching livestreams on Twitch, you know that the platform has really bought into the “live” aspect. There’s nothing worse than missing out on a wild play or exciting moment on Twitch because the platform won’t let you rewind.

Thankfully, the platform is currently testing three new buttons, including a brand new rewind feature for livestreams. The platform told The Verge that the rewind button will send users back two minutes in a broadcast. They can then sift through the last two minutes of content while the channel plays live in picture-in-picture mode.


As of now, the platform is only testing this feature with select viewers. The platform says that it is treating these new buttons as an “experiment” and they’ll eventually be removed once testing is completed.

In addition to the rewind button, Twitch is also adding a couple of other buttons as part of this test.

The Remind Me button will let you set up a notification for an upcoming scheduled stream and the Watch Trailer button lets you view a channel’s trailer if one exists.

These features seem like a pretty good step, but they could definitely be better. A couple of streamers that I watch (DrLupo and TimTheTatman) recently moved over to YouTube for livestreaming, and I personally like watching streams on that platform so much better.

YouTube gives users complete control over the entire VOD when they’re watching a livestream.

You have the standard progress bar across the bottom that you can rewind and navigate to find any moment during the current broadcast.

The full control that you get from YouTube is unmatched even by these new test features that Twitch is presenting.

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Staff writer at KnowTechie. Alex has two years of experience covering all things technology, from video games to electric cars. He's a gamer at heart, with a passion for first-person shooters and expansive RPGs. Shoot him an email at alex@knowtechie.com

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