Update June 2021: We are as frustrated by Twitch's ability to circumvent our blocks as you are. We are looking for solutions, but with our last attempt, they immediately detected our blocks and placed a purple notification screen which generated a large number of complaints from our users.
We are working to try and find a way around this issue but we are a very small team. Twitch has a large, well-funded team entirely focused on finding ways around our blocks. At the same time, we are working against similar teams at YouTube and Facebook, not to mention the many other sites where we are successfully blocking ads. We hope to have these blocked again but it may take some time to block them all fully. We sincerely appreciate your patience while we work on this!
Yes! You can use AdBlock to block ads on Twitch and similar video streaming sites. If you’re new to AdBlock and would like to install it to block Twitch ads, visit our website to add it to your browser.
There are some things to keep in mind as you use AdBlock on Twitch:
You can allow ads on your favorite channels. Want to block ads everywhere else while still supporting your favorite Twitch streamers? AdBlock lets you do that. Open your AdBlock options page by clicking the AdBlock icon in the toolbar of your browser, then click the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the AdBlock menu. From the General tab, make sure "Allow ads on specific Twitch channels" is enabled.
Once this setting is enabled (and you've restarted your browser), visit any Twitch stream and select "Allow ads on this channel" to add that channel to your "Allowlist." This will disable ad blocking on that specific channel only, while continuing to block ads everywhere else.
Blocking the Twitch ad means hiding it. Because of the way Twitch ads are inserted into the video stream, we can't use our typical methods for blocking them. Instead, we must hide and mute ads on Twitch. This means that during the course of an ad, the video player will show a blank and muted screen (see screenshot below). When the ad is over, the video player will return to normal.
You may still see an occasional ad. It is extremely difficult for any ad blocker to block ads on Twitch. Since Twitch ads are inserted directly into the video stream, ad blockers must “race” to block ads on Twitch streams before the site can download them. This means that while AdBlock does block Twitch ads, we may not be able to catch every single ad before you see it. If you see occasional unblocked ads on Twitch while using AdBlock, a simple page refresh should eliminate them.
Experiencing other issues on Twitch? Although we have tested the code we use to block ads on Twitch as thoroughly as possible, you may encounter an edge case that we couldn't anticipate. While we do expect the occasional Twitch ad to get through, you shouldn’t be bombarded with Twitch ads, and your Twitch player should work without any major issues. If you do experience issues with Twitch beyond simply seeing the occasional ad, please let us know by opening a ticket. Please include AdBlock's debugging information to help us troubleshoot.
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For a while it was possible to watch Twitch video ad-free by connecting your Twitch account to an Amazon Prime account, creating a "Twitch Prime" account. However, in late August 2018, Twitch Prime users learned they will no longer be exempt from ads after their current subscription ends, according to this article in TechCrunch. In its blog post explaining the change, Twitch said:
"Twitch Prime members with monthly subscriptions will continue to get ad-free viewing until October 15. If you already have an annual subscription, or if you upgrade to an annual subscription before September 14, you will continue with ad-free viewing until your next renewal date."
So are there any options left to watch Twitch without ads? Again from the Twitch blog:
"An ad-free viewing experience is still possible! All Twitch viewers can get ad-free viewing across all channels by subscribing to Twitch Turbo (read about Turbo right here). Additionally, Twitch Prime subscribers can still get channel-specific ad-free viewing as part of Prime by using your monthly subscription token on a channel that has ad-free viewing for subscribers turned on."
Ultimately, the dedicated folks in the open-source ad-blocking community must continuously fight to stay ahead of Twitch and their video ads. It's not an easy task, but one we remain focused on!