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VM Throttling Twitch streamers?

I kind of just want to ask this out-right since I'm finding alot of conflicting information about this subject and thought it might be best to just ask people outright here. 

As someone who has just found some enjoyment in streaming games for others to view, it's something I'd like to do regularly, but was curious as to if throttling was still a thing. (and would explain why I have difficulty viewing other streams shortly after finishing)

 For reference I'm on the 70MBs package with an average of a 4.9 upload speed. (I say average, it fluctuates sometimes) 

my settings on OBS, for streaming is around 2200 and outputting at 720p@60

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Re: VM Throttling Twitch streamers?

Virgin still have traffic management on the upstream on most packages. Details are

HERE

If you are on 70 Mbps and streaming at 720, you'll hit them fairly quickly. And yes, that would explain the impairment on your downstream after youve been streaming, crippled upstream=slower downstream...

They have launched Vivid Gamer which is an upgrade to the 200Mbps package which give 20Mps upstream and no traffic management. Perfect for streamers but as much use as a chocolate fireguard for vanilla gaming.


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Re: VM Throttling Twitch streamers?

Virgin still have traffic management on the upstream on most packages. Details are

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If you are on 70 Mbps and streaming at 720, you'll hit them fairly quickly. And yes, that would explain the impairment on your downstream after youve been streaming, crippled upstream=slower downstream...

They have launched Vivid Gamer which is an upgrade to the 200Mbps package which give 20Mps upstream and no traffic management. Perfect for streamers but as much use as a chocolate fireguard for vanilla gaming.


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Re: VM Throttling Twitch streamers?

Had a feeling that was a case :c
sadly I can't afford £50 on just a hobby that won't go anywhere unless I put a ton of work in and what-not...
and I liked Virgin too :c
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Re: VM Throttling Twitch streamers?

Then you've a couple of options-

  • drop the resolution/FPS when streaming
  • BT infinity unlimited

 


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Re: VM Throttling Twitch streamers?

In addition to the suggestions from @Kippies you can also avoid the traffic management by streaming outside the peak time window of 4pm to 11pm week days and 11am to 11pm at weekends.  While this may not be ideal, it is the only VM option that doesn't cost any extra.

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