Give everybody transcodes
Partner-only transcoding is obsolete.
Let's say that again, and this time say it with me:
Partner-only transcoding is obsolete.
Good! Now, why is it obsolete? Because a site like Mixer needs viewers. If someone comes to the site and checks out a stream, but they can't view it because their internet connection can't keep up with what Mixer demands, I guarantee you the first thing they do is look for a little cogwheel on the video overlay to adjust the video settings.
Well, turns out it's not there. Maybe, maaaybe, they'll try another stream. Same issue? Well, they'll probably go somewhere else.
Why oh why oh why would a video streaming site allow this to happen? They have to watch partners or nobody at all? What if they're coming here to watch a specific person who isn't partnered? Tough luck? I suppose that streamer could work on getting partnered, but if there are willing viewers out there who cannot watch, how will they reach their viewership numbers?
Streamers need viewers. Viewers need streamers. Mixer needs both. Everybody deserves to see and to be seen here. Do what Mixer does best: Mix it up! Dare to be different. Set the bar higher. End this partner-only transcoding 'feature' and allow the site to function like a real video streaming site.
Andrew Alliance commented
If you stream on twitch sometimes, consider this - Try this experiment. I'm still calling it a theory and it has worked for my friends. I'd start at 6000 for bitrate in obs. If you cant do that do 4500. Use the 2ND (not the first) 'The Second' suggested resolution in the video. That means, you are not using 720p. Please comment in the video if it works for you, would love to hear success stories. Use the second suggested resolution by manually entering that in OBS. Feel free to check my past vods for proof (uriyya on twitch). If it works for you as it did for me and my friends, please show the vid some love. Cheers and happy streaming. - https://youtu.be/vKxdGRZ8y44
As much as we’d like to believe that “unlimited” data is actually unlimited, it’s not. And streaming 720p video not only quickly uses a viewer’s data, it also puts strain on the mobile network.
At least transcode a non-partnered stream down to 320p to provide a low bandwidth option! Partners can still have more options, but regular streamers should at least get a second lower resolution for those not able to stream at high speeds, or those that don’t want to use all their data quickly!
I'm a twitch streamer and we wanted to switch to mixer. However, this non guaranteed transcoding turned us off!
I still wish to see this feature created. It feels so bad to go try to watch streams here on my mobile hotspot and be unable to because they're locked in at 720p and nothing else. I feel like it makes me look bad. I'm imagining them seeing my name pop up in the viewer list, then leaving after a minute. Like what, I don't like them? No, I just can't get the stream to play! It hurts me, it hurts them, it hurts Mixer.
Absolutely agree, with growing viewers on mobile phones and Mixers USP of Co-Streaming it is absolutely vital that as many people as possible can watch all co-streams at once, even when they only have wi-fi or a medium-fast internet connection. It would also be another way to one-up twitch. They announced transcoding for everyone but didn't follow through with it. Now it's more of a lottery.
I'd defintely shift more streams to mixer if it would mean not being limited to a lower bitrate to be watchable.
Maximilian Wolf commented
They had "buyable" Transcoding back when it was beam. All you've needed was 2,5k Sparks (one-time-fee as long as the channel exists). Missing that, too.
Would be great to have transcodes by default or again "buyable" (one-time-fee as long as the channel exists) with Sparks.