Last year in October Twitch has introduced a completely new type of mid-roll commercials which has become more than frustrating for both streamers and viewers.
The reason for the negative perception is that these midrolls cannot be controlled by the content creator — they roll in completely automatically. So, imagine viewing an Overwatch tournament final battle: rivals are equal, stakes are high. A skirmish turns into a 5v5 massacre, Sombra disables Reinhard’s shield protecting the Bastion, D.va yells “Nerf this!” and launches her mecha right to the opponent’s team and… “New Mazda CX-30 bla-bla-bla…” What the actual f?
Our team has picked up on this issue right away. It was a hard challenge as the new way of ad delivery was sneaky like a ninja, but there’s nothing impossible for AdLock.
We’re ready to announce, that the new adverts on twitch are officially beaten.
AdLock is the most efficient adblocker for Twitch today!
Twitch constantly complexifies the way ads are delivered on its streaming platform so adblockers struggle to beat them. In one respect, it’s logical, as both streamers and service need to generate revenue, but in the other, commercials are a real pain in the neck for viewers who also donate money to streamers. Viewers often complain about getting the same unskippable ads again and again even while switching between streams. Such advertising manner makes a good product to become hated. To recall, the constant and annoying promotion of a not-so-bad movie “Ready Player One” made viewers hate it and swear to never watch it.
- Twitch Advertising Formats 2020
- Types of Twitch Ads
- How to Block Twitch Ads on Windows
- How to Block Ads in Twitch App for Windows
- How to Block Twitch Ads on Android
- How to Block Twitch Ads on iOS (iPhones and iPads)
- Remove ads from MacOS
- Non-native Twitch Player Apps and Extensions
- Use VPN to Brush off Ads on Twitch
- How to Block Twitch Ads on VoDs
- UPDATE! Twitch Ads not Blocked in Prime!
- So…How to Block Twitch Ads in 2020?
- Common Questions
- How much is Turbo on Twitch?
- Is Twitch Prime free with Amazon Prime?
- Does AdLock Work on Twitch?
- How do I clear my cookies on Twitch?
- How many people are partnered on Twitch?
- Adblock not working on Twitch
Twitch Advertising Formats 2021
Twitch.tv is known as a live-streaming platform with the most loyal audience as the majority of its viewers appreciate the work of the streamers and service and willingly watch commercials to help them generate revenue. Taking this advantage, Twitch started abusing viewers by introducing even more ads and ad formats to an already long list. In our article, we’ll consider Twitch’s ads that drive the viewers nuts.
Right after YouTube, Twitch has put into action a non-skippable advertisement policy. But, unlike YouTube, Twitch has no regulations on the length of pitches — who cares if it’s a 10-minute video? Against the background of the new ad policy, Reddit was set on fire with complaints about unskippable 5-minute music videos in random languages and ways to stop this unbearable disgrace. Basically, Twitch viewers were left with 2 choices — stick to ad-blockers capable of blocking this kind of stuff or leave the Twitch for an alternative platform. Most alternatives are less convenient and provide a worse user experience, but if you just want to watch video streams and don’t need all those bells and whistles, then you will definitely find a good replacement for Twitch.
Plangent enough to rouse the dead ads
The sudden and unexpected commercial pitches rolling in on the deafening volume are literally the worst. Users who are used to watch Twitch in the background while working or falling asleep repeatedly report loud ads blasting in. This happens because of the significant difference in volume — when streamers set their output volume low, viewers have to increase the volume on the device. So, when the advert rolls in, it tears the eardrums. It’s logical to ask, whose problem is this? Definitely not the viewers’. Twitch should’ve worked on autotuning the advertising volume to not disrupt the end-user experience.
Commercial break in progress
Somewhat a glitch faced by a big number of Twitch users is a so-called “Commercial break in progress” screen. It happened that instead of a regular pre-roll advert, Twitch users faced a blank screen saying “Commercial break in progress”. Ok, fine, a blank screen with no sound. What could be wrong with that? That screen is unskippable and has no end. It turned out that the “Commercial break” could chill on the user’s screen the whole day and it wouldn’t go away. The only cure for this issue was an adblocker. As for now, this glitch is gone.
Types of Twitch Ads
All Twitch adverts can be divided into four categories:
- Ads that can be disabled in a snap;
- Ads that take some effort to get rid of;
- Impossible to turn off adverts;
- Commercials stuffed into VoDs.
Adverts that are easy to get rid of are banners. Any free ad-blocking extension for Chrome (for instance, AdLock) can cope with banners easily. If you’re using Firefox or Opera, then you can adjust a couple of options on your browser’s settings and you’re good to go. The second type is the PPC (pay per click) advertisement forced to live streams by the Twitch platform. Free ad-blockers can’t cut off such advertising, and you will need AdLock to block it. The third type of ads are promotions of goods and services by streamers. Bet you’re already tired of Raid: Shadow Legends. Such promotions are sponsored directly by advertisers and can’t be skipped or blocked, which is logical. And the last type are commercials stuffed into VoDs. Since the first and the third types are clear, we’ll consider the second and the fourth types and clarify how to get rid of them.
How to Block Twitch Ads on Windows
The easiest way to stop Twitch ads in any browser is to download AdLock for Windows and install it. AdLock will block not only ads on Twitch but all kinds of commercial content across all your favorite browsers and software on your PC. Our application is set up to stop all types of advertisement across the system and accessorial software by default, but you can adjust settings to meet your needs.
How to Block Ads in Twitch App for Windows
Desktop Twitch is an all-in-one (community, dashboard, chat, voice/video chat) application designed for gamers and Twitch broadcasters alike. Desktop Twitch app is officially available for Windows and macOS. With its extended functionality and improved performance Twitch Desktop also brings adverts. Yes, the Twitch app for Windows has ads. Numerous annoying ads.
So, one would ask “Does AdLock help to get rid of ads in the Twitch app for Windows?”. The answer Yes, big time.
How to Block Twitch Ads on Android
If you watch live streams using an Android app, you’re well aware that ads can be ridiculously obnoxious. The most unsettling thing about them is that oftentimes they roll in exactly at the most interesting moment of the stream making viewers freak out. Also, commercials pop up every single time you switch the quality of the video you currently watch, reload the page, and when you tap another video to watch.
Who cares that you’ve just missed a pivotal teamfight, big 1v9 carry moment, or a wtf glitch? Twitch? Not really.
Advertiser? Nope. They just want to promote some brands.
We know your pain.
To block Twitch ads in the app, you need to download AdLock, install it, and follow instructions of the guide below to adjust AdLock:
- Launch AdLock application;
- Check for updates;
Since commercials and their insertion constantly change to override ad-blocking services, it’s important to have a relevant version of AdLock. To update ad removing algorithms, filtering scripts and rules, launch AdLock application, tap hamburger menu at the top right corner, and choose “Check updates”. In a new menu tap “UPDATE ALL”.
- Enable HTTPS filtering;
Switch to the “AdLocker” tab and enable HTTPS filtering. In a pop-up window tap “OK”. Then you will be asked to set a graphic key to verify your identity for future actions. Set a pattern you surely will remember.
That’s it! From this moment you seamlessly skip Twitch ads on your smartphone.
How to Block Twitch Ads on iOS (iPhones and iPads)
In brief, there are two ways of blocking Twitch ads on iPhone and iPad, and they’re quite similar to methods we’ve already considered as solutions for Android.
- Twitch Turbo — one-box solution for all devices and operating systems;
- Adblockers — they do help to get rid of ads on Twitch, but there’s a catch.
So, basically, you can pay for Turbo to clean up Twitch advertisement and get a range of additional perks like smileys, as well as stick to adblocking software. The difference is that iOS adblockers remove all ads on Safari but struggle to handle them on native applications. What we mean, is that iOS architecture and Apple’s policy make it almost impossible for adblockers to filter native iPhone/iPad apps like Twitch and others. Thus, if you choose an adblocker to solve your problem of obnoxious adverts on Twitch, then you’ve got to watch it through a browser. All in all, browser Twitch is almost as convenient as a standalone app and adblockers are significantly cheaper than a stack of premium subscriptions.
Remove ads from MacOS
Basically, blocking ads on macOS PCs does not differ from blocking on Windows. You either use an adblock extension/application, alternative Twitch players or buy Turbo. As far as we’ve already considered using apps and extensions, we’d like to mention non-native solutions and consider them.
Non-native Twitch player apps and extensions
There are lots of diverse non-native Twitch player applications and extensions giving us, ordinary viewers, the possibility to watch live streams without adverts. On top of ad-free viewing, some third-party players offer a row of useful features like instant replay, or “Audio only” mode, and allow users to customize the layout to meet specific needs.
To name a few, Alternate Player for Twitch.tv would be great on PC, and Pocket Plays for Twitch on Android devices.
Also, there’s another way of blocking Twitch ads uploaded on Github. A set of custom scripts written to improve the viewer experience is constantly improved and updated. Though one would find hassling with scripts a complete time-waster, it’s definitely worth giving a shot.
We’ll tell you more about the benefits that non-native players bring in our next sections.
Use VPN to Brush off Ads on Twitch
The trick with using VPN is that if you enable a VPN connection through a non-native-English speaking country, you definitely won’t see ads targeted at the English-speaking community. The majority of ads would simply not roll in if you enable, for example, a VPN connection through Poland. The only downside of this method is depending on the VPN service and connection speed, you may experience lags during streams.
How to Block Twitch Ads on VoDs
Video on demand is past streamed content on Twitch. If you can’t catch an interesting stream live, you will probably watch it later. It’s a useful option for both streamers and users because it allows streamers to grow their channels and users to watch content they may have missed. VoDs are loaded with ads even harder than actual live streams. Some streamers choose to avoid ads in their live streams and put them into their VoDs, so they don’t repel their broadcast watchers and still get income from ads later. There’s a commonly known fact that Twitch service stuffs VoDs with commercials to the gills.
Earlier ads on a video on demand were only at the beginning, but now they appear every 5-10 minutes of the stream. Twitch users complain that ads are louder than the actual video and they can’t mute them. Sometimes ads take too much time to buffer which is infuriating. The buffering is annoying itself but when you wait for an ad to buffer… you go berserk.
To get rid of ads on Twitch VoDs you should use the “Report” feature. If you report “This ad has played too many times” and “This ad can’t be muted or is too loud” 5 or 6 times, you get to actually skip ads. The queue for the ad happens every 15 minutes, but when you report it actually plays a black screen for 2 seconds, and then you are back to your VoD. This trick works for live streams advertising, too.
Eventually, you’ll get to see ads again and repeat the procedure time after time. If you want a solution here and now and on an ongoing basis, use AdLock to block all Twitch ads at a time.
Twitch Ads are not Blocked in Prime
In August 2018 Twitch came to us with good (not much) news. In its blog post, Twitch announced that, as of this autumn, Prime Twitch users would be no longer absolved from ads:
Twitch Prime members with monthly subscriptions will continue to get ad-free viewing until October 15. If you already have an annual subscription, or if you upgrade to an annual subscription before September 14, you will continue with ad-free viewing until your next renewal date.
So…How to Block Twitch Ads in 2021?
Users who are not ready to tolerate Twitch ads are left with three options to choose:
- Subscribe to Turbo Twitch;
- Stick to AdLock;
- Use Alternate Player alternative player extension for Mozilla, Chrome, Edge.
Let’s consider these options, compare them, and review common questions.
Ad-free experience on twitch.tv and in applications (except for paid promotion embedded in content);
Twitch bells and whistles like emojis, chat badges, etc.
Priority customer support.
Removes ads on Twitch for roughly 9 bucks per month.
One of the most popular ad-blocking service with a 24/7 support and large community;
Removes all types of ads including their placeholders;
Works across the system and is not limited to Twitch only;
Provides a bunch of additional features such as personal data protection, reduced data usage, and more;
Available for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS;
Mobile AdLock does not require root access;
Struggles to remove ads in some native applications;
Fewer stops during playback;
Removes ads (except for paid promotion by streamers);
Takes up less RAM than Twitch player;
Provides many useful (and not much) features and customization options.
Provides many useful (and not much) features and customization options.
Not optimized for touch screen devices;
Doesn’t work with VoDs (Live broadcasts only);
Users report ~5 sec. chat and stream delays;
Doesn’t ensure personal data security.
How much is Turbo on Twitch?
Turbo Twitch subscription costs $8.99 per month. For this price you get new emojis, chat badge and custom chat username colors, extended broadcast storage, and priority customer support. However, no free games or loot.
Is Twitch Prime free with Amazon Prime?
If you are an Amazon Prime subscriber, then you have Twitch Prime and other Amazon perks like Amazon Music Unlimited, Same Day Delivery, Prime Reading, etc.(More about Amazon Prime perks here). For ad-free viewing experience on Twitch, link your Amazon and Twitch accounts.
Does AdLock work on Twitch?
And how! AdLock is flawless at blocking all types of Twitch ads excepting those promoted by streamers. Keep in mind that AdLock is not limited in its ad-blocking capabilities. Once you stick to AdLock, you get rid of commercials from any sources: browsers, applications, etc.
How do I clear my cookies on Twitch?
Cookies are cleared in browser settings. Our guide on how to disable third-party cookies will help you to manage cookies in Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
To delete Twitch cookies in Microsoft Edge: Go to Settings ⇒ Clear browsing data ⇒ Choose what to clear ⇒ Select Cookies and saved website data
To clear Twitch cookies in Opera: Go to Settings ⇒ Privacy&Security ⇒ Privacy ⇒ Clear browsing data ⇒ Select Cookies and other site data
How many people are partnered on Twitch?
There are over 2 million active broadcasters, around 27,000 are Partners.
Adblocker is not working on Twitch
This issue might appear if the HTTPS filtration on secure websites is disabled.
If you use Android smartphone: Open AdLock ⇒ Switch toggle next to Enable HTTPS filtration
If you use Windows PC: Open AdLock ⇒ AdLocker ⇒ Enable HTTPS Filtering ⇒ Enable site filtering using EV certificates