How to Improve Twitch Stream Quality with Speedify’s Streaming Mode

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TEST: Getting a Better Quality Video on Twitch. Does Speedify’s Streaming Mode Really Help?

Twitch is the go-to platform when it comes to streaming your gaming sessions. Or your real life – IRL streaming. Almost anything, for that matter. And what’s most important when streaming something to your viewers? Yes – the quality of the stream. And by quality I mean both the clarity and crispness of the images, but also the flow. You wouldn’t want to have crystal clear picture that is interrupted every few seconds.

Unfortunately the Internet is not always as you’d like it to be: fast and reliable. This causes serious problems for those streaming on Twitch: low quality and stuttering videos, buffering and disconnects. And of course we know that having a trouble-free stream is key to acquire new followers for your Twitch channel. So what can you do for that?

Well, we created the Streaming Mode for Speedify. It recognizes audio and video streams, and:

  • prioritizes those streams over other network traffic, and
  • dynamically changes traffic patterns between bonding (dividing network packets among multiple connections) and redundant (sending the same network packets through multiple connections).

This results in the best quality of service you can get for Twitch with the Internet connections you have available.

But exactly how good is Streaming Mode? Is Speedify the answer to the question of how to improve Twitch stream quality? We decided to put it to test – and this article will show exactly what we got.

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Testing on How to Improve Twitch Stream Quality. Is Speedify’s Streaming Mode Up for the Job?

Unless they’re having issues, we all know Twitch performs well when you’re backed by a fast and stable Internet. But what about the real world, where most likely you don’t get that luxury?

The testing procedure consists of 2 series of tests for Twitch streaming:

  1. Without Speedify;
  2. Speedify on with Streaming Mode enabled.

In terms of devices and operating systems, we tested it on an Android smartphone and a Windows PC. We combined Wi-Fi and cellular on the smartphone / Wi-Fi and the USB tethered phone connection on the PC.

The evaluation is done both subjectively and objectively as follows:

  • We screen capture and analyze the Twitch stream video quality;
  • We walk towards the edge of the Wi-Fi network. This helps us simulate:
    • insufficient bandwidth conditions, as we get away from the Wi-Fi router;
    • unreliable connectivity at the edge of Wi-Fi with dead spots and packet loss;
    • disconnecting Wi-Fi internet and how quick it switches to cellular.

For the Speedify tests, we looked at the bandwidth, latency and packet loss. And, of course, how they are affected by our “course” away from Wi-Fi.

Improving Twitch Streaming Video Quality: Tests Are in for Streaming Mode

First off – we have the test with no Speedify running. As you can imagine, once we get near the edge of Wi-Fi, the image starts stuttering. And finally buffering takes over until it actually disconnects the stream. Curiously enough, it doesn’t switch to cellular in due time to stop the broadcast from ending.

Video was very similar on both tested platforms – Windows and Android.

Testing Streaming Mode with Twitch on Windows

Next, we have testing on a Windows laptop. The video itself didn’t even stutter for one bit. Here’s how the bandwidth distribution looks like:

Test results for Twitch streaming on a Windows PC with Speedify Streaming Mode

First of all, Speedify makes it possible to use both Wi-Fi and cellular at the same time. That’s why you see both connections being used together on the graph above. When Wi-Fi start failing, you notice that with the help of Speedify cellular takes over. The general bandwidth is constant at around 6 Mbps. And that steady streaming rate is good for Twitch and any streaming platform actually.

The little red x-es above symbolize the moments when packet loss over the Wi-Fi connection was very high – over 5%. If Speedify would not have been running, then you would have ended up like in the first case – buffering and automatically ending broadcast.

Android Testing for Streaming Mode with Twitch

The Android test with Speedify Streaming Mode was similar to the Windows one – video was perfect in the sense that quality was good and it didn’t break.

Test results for Twitch streaming on an Android smartphone with Speedify Streaming Mode

As you can see, when Wi-Fi is good and strong enough, cellular stops being used. However, cellular kicks back in as soon as Speedify detects that Wi-Fi is flaky. And again – notice the steady bandwidth around 1 Mbps that’s being preserved by Speedify. Again – the red x-es symbolize the high Wi-Fi packet loss rate.

We also sliced the test to analyze the bandwidth in 3 cases:

  • overall connection – valid for the entire test. Initially stable Wi-Fi and cellular connections. Wi-Fi is degraded until gets unstable and finally disconnects.
  • good connection – only periods when both connections are stable
  • bad connection – only periods when Wi-Fi is unstable (high packet loss or latency)

Windows

Android

Bandwidth (Mbps)

Average

Minimum

Maximum

Average

Minimum

Maximum

Overall

6.19

5.21

7.84

1.01

0.44

1.75

Good

6.09

5.24

6.93

0.93

0.56

1.38

Bad

6.10

4.26

7.83

1.05

0.46

1.64

After looking at this table, we can conclude that Speedify was able to keep the average Twitch bandwidth on both Windows and Android in good range around the target bandwidth of 6 Mbps and 1 Mbps respectively. And this happened both in situations where the connections were good and when one of them went bad.

How Does Speedify Work?

Speedify uses a technology known as Channel Bonding. This allows you to use multiple Internet connections simultaneously for their combined speed and reliability. Everything including uploads, downloads, web browsing, gaming and streaming video can be improved by Speedify.

Streaming traffic is more important nowadays, with all live streaming, remote work and learning happening. Speedify automatically prioritizes audio and video streams and dynamically adjusts to network conditions so you get unstoppable streams.

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Test Conclusion: Speedify Streaming Mode Provides a Steady Bandwidth with Minimal Packet Loss for Your Twitch Streaming

There you have it – when looking at how to improve Twitch stream quality, one of the must-haves is to use Speedify. Speedify’s Streaming Mode makes a huge difference for your Twitch streams.

To put it in context, here’s what happens under the hood of Streaming Mode. Speedify monitors statistics in real-time about how each of your Internet connections is performing. As connections change, and other apps start or stop sending data, Speedify adjusts its strategies on the fly. So, if you’re IRL streaming, you’re no longer chained around your router. Or that good public Wi-Fi hotspot you know in the city. You can walk around without dropping the stream. You don’t need to worry about it. Just start streaming: Speedify will make it happen.

To learn more about Streaming Mode and how to enable it check out the Speedify Knowledge Base article.

If you’re still wondering how to improve Twitch streams quality – get Speedify!

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