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Justin.tv Shuts Down Amid Reports Google Is Acquiring Twitch 56

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the there-can-be-only-one dept.
An anonymous reader writes Twitch today announced that the Justin.tv website, mobile apps, and APIs are no longer in service. A very simple explanation is given for the shutdown: since rebranding the company to Twitch Interactive in February 2014, all resources are now focused on Twitch.tv. The news today will almost certainly further fuel the rumors that Google is acquiring, or has already acquired, Twitch. Purchases are often followed by consolidation, as well as cutting off any excess limbs.
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Justin.tv Shuts Down Amid Reports Google Is Acquiring Twitch

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  • Nooooooooo! First they stop private channels now this.
    • by i kan reed (749298) on Wednesday August 06, 2014 @09:45AM (#47614077) Homepage Journal

      Not to worry, as soon as google cements their monopoly, you'll be free to watch any advertisement video you want. You can choose to watch the ads your friends share, or the ones that are merely placement ads in popular video series.

      • by NotDrWho (3543773)

        Just relax and let the ads do their work. Resistance will only make it hurt more.

  • by NotDrWho (3543773) on Wednesday August 06, 2014 @09:44AM (#47614073)

    Headline "Five Corporations Now Own Entire Internet," coming soon.

    • by JustOK (667959)
      It's cute how you think there is more than one.
      • Of course there will be. But they'll be in not-quite enforced back room trust agreements about salaries and pricing. You know, like already happens.

    • Which are the other two new companies?

    • I wouldn't be surprised considering 10 corporations own practically all of the common consumer brands [huffpost.com].

      • That's not really true. Look at the women's makeup, for example. There are hundreds of brands available, yet the infographic shows only three.

        Pick any category of product there and you'll find the same thing; lots of alternative brands exist but aren't show.

        All the infographic does offer is an idea of how diverse those ten companies' products are. It doesn't show anything about what's actually available in the marketplace.

        • That's not really true. Look at the women's makeup, for example. There are hundreds of brands available, yet the infographic shows only three.

          Pick any category of product there and you'll find the same thing; lots of alternative brands exist but aren't show.

          All the infographic does offer is an idea of how diverse those ten companies' products are. It doesn't show anything about what's actually available in the marketplace.

          I don't think you are seeing the whole graphic then. There are numerous owned by P&G and many owned by L'Oreal (Nestle). There will always be smaller, even regional brands but they make up such a small part of the market to not be significant.

    • by ArhcAngel (247594)
      In other news Google has today announce they are rebranding Twitch.TV to Network XXIII [io9.com] (23 for the Roman Numeral illiterate)
  • I fully expected plenty of ass-hattery to come from this acquisition. I wasn't aware, however, that justin.tv would have any outcome from this. I don't know why I didn't see it coming, with them being under the same corporate entity. I can't wait to see what other crap comes down the pipe.
  • Where am I going to get college football without having to go to some dodgy site that want me to download some software first?

  • I was never a user of justin.tv (and don't use Twitch either), but the impression I've gotten was that this has been coming for a long time - basically anything with more than 10 views was archived off elsewhere, and they killed a bunch of background stuff back in June I think.

    Shouldn't this be titled "Justin.tv completes its scheduled shutdown on schedule"?
  • There they start buying up TV channels and owning a big lot of them.

    also look at what happened to tech tv

    • by Lumpy (12016)

      Tech TV was Leo Laporte, and Leo took his game to TWIT and has the largest internet TV empire out there right now.

  • Twitch today announced that the Justin.tv website, mobile apps, and APIs are no longer in service.

    Oh, dear. What was that when it was at home, then?

  • Quite a few games and systems use the twitch api to stream games. Minecraft is one. Xbox is another. Microsoft will be forced to start their own "windows 8 mobile" version of a twitch.tv.
  • Youtube has a larger user base and now has live available to most users.

    Justin.tv has no chance of fighting that.

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