It can be a mixed bag when there are ads on Twitch. The service needs sponsorship to generate money, yet for viewers, this continual intrusion appears to be getting worse and ruining their viewing experience, even if they make donations to streamers.
Users complain they see the same ads repeatedly, and there is no chance to skip past them.
It can be hard to get rid of these ads because the owners of the service (Amazon) keep using new methods to insert these ads, no matter what users do.
Here we will look at some workarounds that may help to block Twitch ads.
Different Twitch Ads
There are four kinds of ads you find on Twitch.
- Ads which are easy to disable
- Ads which take more effort to disable
- Ads which are impossible to stop
- Ads inserted into VOD content
Ad banners are the first, and these can be turned off effectively with an ad blocker. Second are the PPC ads, which are installed into the Twitch streams.
The next type is the ad promotions streamers insert into their own streams. This is where they have sponsors, so it is hard to have ad-free viewing. Lastly, are the ads you get in VOD content.
Why Won’t My Ad-Blocker Work on Twitch?
There are some very good ad-blockers you can install into your browser which are free to use. There are also paid options, which claim to get rid of ads on Twitch.
There are a few things to consider when using ad-blockers because you can end up with differing results.
Twitch (Amazon) takes a proactive approach to ad-blockers, and they continually change things. One day you can find no ads, and the next day, some ads get through.
In the most of these ad-blocker extensions and their protection level to block ads is limited. Aside from this, some of these have been shown to break video streaming on Twitch.
Using Twitch to Stop Ads
In 2016 SureStream ads were introduced. It is this, which embeds the ads, and stops ad-blockers being effective, so blocking Twitch ads became even more difficult.
In 2018, Twitch went as far as to increase monthly subscriptions, and to stop ad-free functionality in Twitch Prime.
Twitch Turbo – Twitch Turbo is a subscription-based part of the service. It costs $8.99, and you get extra benefits as well as an ad-free experience.
It does require an Amazon Prime subscription to get Prime Twitch, but this now comes with no additional cost.
Channel Subscription – You can subscribe to channels directly, who have chosen to show ad-free viewing using the Prime membership monthly subscription token.
One thing to note using either of these methods is they only remove Twitch-based ads. When ads come from the streamer and his sponsors, a video ad is part of the stream, so there is no way to remove it.
Alternative Twitch Players
One useful method is to use an alternative player. There are several third-party apps or extensions, which allow users to watch Twitch streams which have no ads.
A different Twitch player can come with other useful features such as audio-only, instant replay, and many more.
You can choose between Alternate Player for Twitch.tv, which is available for PC, and Chrome-based browsers, or for Android, you have Pocket Plays.
These can be a good way to stop Twitch ads; however, ads from the streamer will still be shown.
Alternative Methods of Blocking Ads on Twitch
There are a few paid-for options that offer to stop ads working on Twitch, yet like the other methods, these are unable to stop the ads which are inserted into streams from the broadcasters.
One other method that can go a long way to helping, and can also help users who are unable to access Twitch from their location is to use a VPN client.
Ads are usually sent to an IP address of the host device, yet with the IP spoofing capability of a VPN (Virtual Private Network).
These ads are blocked at the network level and have no idea where they should go.
When using a VPN, you will need the best one for streaming, and ExpressVPN is seen to be the best streaming VPN out of any, so it is worth trying to help you block Twitch ads, and to enhance your Twitch experience.