Watching Twitch On Your Smart TV And Other Smart Devices
I’ve been a gamer and a viewer of Twitch Streamers for many years now. Usually, I watch Twitch while playing another game, like WoW, Minecraft or Diablo, on a second monitor. But from time to time I want to sit on the couch and relax to Worlds in LoL or CS GO.
The reasons for watching Twitch on your smart TV can be many. But the reasoning isn’t why you are here, so let me get straight to the topic at hand.
Twitch is the number one biggest streaming service when it comes to gaming and gaming-related entertainment. Therefore the user-need to watch twitch streams from several different devices are huge. The potential for Smart TV-, Smartphone-, and Tablet manufacturers are therefore likewise as huge.
Twitch has now become a necessity to have in a Smart TV for many gamers around the world and therefore a very good market potential for manufacturers.
Sadly not all manufacturers see this potential and are choosing to look past this opportunity. In this article, I’ll try to explain how to watch twitch on a Smart TV in multiple ways. When you’ve done reading this, you should have a good idea of how to get the itch for watching twitch relieved.
There are several ways for you to watch Twitch on your Smart TV.
Some of the options are:
- Your TV is a smart TV and already have the Twitch app natively installed.
- You have a smart TV like Samsung or an LG
- You have a Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Nvidea Shiels or similar.
- You have a laptop or desktop computer connected directly to your TV.
Can I get Twitch on my smart TV?
You can get the Twitch app on most smart TV’s today. If you don’t see the Twitch app in the library on your smart TV, make sure your TV is up to date with the newest version.
Most smart TV’s today are luckily running on Android or Linux. This means APP development for smart TV’s are very similar to that of smartphones, tablets and desktop applications. For this reason, most smart TV’s will be able to run the Twitch app just fine and will have it included in their library natively.
For older smart TV’s like LG, it can be problematic. One of my older smart TV’s which is 7+ years old by now, does not have this app. LG turned off updates and support for my devices years ago. I wouldn’t fear this too much in the future though. Devices will eventually be outdated, that’s just how technology goes.
If you have an older smart TV and does not have access to the Twitch app, you can very easily just install a Chromecast or an Amazon Fire TV Stick. By experience, I know these hold support for future updates for much longer than smart TV’s. Even my oldest Chromecast still receives updates and can easily run the Twitch app.
Can I get twitch on Roku?
Sadly, Twitch is not available on Roku. But there is actually a way for you to watch Twitch on Roku through something called Twoku. I’ll walk you through the steps.
- Open the browser on your PC and go to the official Roku website.
- Find “Sign in” in the upper right corner and click it.
- Now sign in to your Roku account.
- Go to “Manage Account” and click “Add channel with a code”.
- Now enter “Twoku” as the code and click on the button “Add channel”.
- You’ll now probably see a warning which says it’s a non-certified channel. This is fine, click OK.
- It’ll now ask if you wanna add the channel to your Roku account. Click “Yes, add channel”.
- Now turn on your Roku device or restart it. You should be able to see the Twoku channel.
Unofficial Twitch channels like Twoku does get removed from time to time on Roku. You’ll find other channels like Twoku pretty easy by going to Rokus Reddit page for example. If there isn’t already a post, just create a post and ask for a channel. You’ll have an answer within 10 minutes.
Can I get Twitch on my Samsung smart TV
Currently Twitch is not available on Samsung smart TV’s. This is due to Twitch’ change in data policy around their API, which makes it very hard to have a functioning app running on Samsung smart TV’s.
On Twitch’ Reddit there are discussions about when and if it’ll be back. I think it’s a matter of time before users will create the app open source. It’ll then be up to Samsung to include it. I have my hopes up.
Can I get Twitch on PS4 and PS5?
Yes, you definitely can get Twitch on your PS4 and PS5. Twitch is fully integrated into both PS4 and PS5, so you’ll be able to get the full experience both in broadcasting your gameplay and watching your favourite Twitch streamers.
Twitch’ target audience is gamers, so naturally PS4 and PS5, would be a must for Twitch to support. Using the app you can almost do everything you are able to do through their website. Broadcast, watch, follow, subscribe, chat, browse, discover and much more.
Can I get Twitch on my Vizio smart TV
You can get the Twitch app directly through the Vizio App store, just make sure it’s connected to the internet.
- Go to the home screen.
- Make sure it’s connected to the internet through WiFi or Ethernet.
- Press the “V” button.
- You should now have the Access bar open.
- Launch Yahoo App store.
- Select on the Twith app.
- Select “install app” and confirm with “OK”.
Within a few moments it should be installed and ready to use. When you open it first time, you should see the login screen. After you’ve logged in, all your followed and subscribes channels should be visible.
Can I get Twitch drops on mobile?
You can get Twitch drops on mobile while watching a live stream. There are no limit to how long sessions you can watch streams through the mobile app. So happy looting.
Many users actually use this as a strategy to stack up on loot from games like Valorant, League Of Legends and Fortnite. You’ll also be able to use this strategy with a beta game, where watching streams on that game can give you beta access.
Morten has been working with technology, IoT and electronics for over a decade. His passion for technology is reflected into this blog to give you relevant and correct information.Read more...