|Project status||Offline 2014-08-05|
|Archiving status||Partially saved (Videos with 10+ views)|
Justin.tv was a live video streaming service.
Changes to the Video Archive System
Dylan Reichstadt posted this on May 29 13:16
Over the last few months, our staff has been reviewing data surrounding our archive and VOD (Video on Demand) system. We found that more than half of our VODs are unwatched (with 0 or 1 total views), while the vast majority are rarely watched (with 10 or less views). This data was essential in better understanding how our service is being used. Even when adding the direct upload to YouTube functionality, we found this feature was seldom used. It’s quite clear: JTV is a home for live broadcasts. Viewers come to Justin.tv because they want to consume content and interact with their communities in real-time.
So, taking into consideration the above findings and countless discussions, we have concluded to remove all archiving after June 8, 2014. This means that live broadcasts will no longer be recorded.
We understand that archiving can be a very essential element for our broadcasters. We also understand that there are some community members who enjoy catching up on a past broadcast they missed. However, as a live video website, we want to put our focus on our live video delivery system, as this has received the most usage.
The Justin.tv website, mobile apps, and APIs are no longer in service. Thank you sincerely for seven years of live video memories.
Why is Justin.tv being shutdown?
Justin.tv pioneered live video on the Internet and spawned one of the largest video platforms ever: Twitch. Justin.tv was officially renamed Twitch Interactive Inc. in February of 2014 and Twitch is now the focus of the company's resources. Unfortunately that means we need to shut down Justin.tv. We thank all of our broadcasters and viewers for 7 years of live video memories.
What will happen to my account?
Your account is now closed, and you will be unable to access any settings or content. If you used your justin.tv account to login to Twitch, the account will still work on Twitch; however, we encourage you to complete this form to have your account transferred to Twitch for full site use. Request to transfer account must be received by Friday, September 5, 2014. Please be reminded today, Twitch is site for gaming-related content only. Refer to the Twitch TOS for more info on content guidelines. For more information on transferring your account to Twitch, see below.
Can I retrieve my videos?
Unfortunately, videos on Justin.tv are no longer accessible for download. Video archiving and VODs were removed on June 15, 2014.
How can I help?
Start up a Warrior. Justin.tv is the default project, so it should start up automatically.
Alternatively, the scripts can be run manually. The instructions to do so are in the source code repo.
Finally, please join us on IRC at #justouttv to report errors, talk about the project, etc.
Due to the nature of the Justin.tv archives, not all videos could be stored in the Internet Archive due to the immense size. The Justin.tv video archives are about 1 PB. Unfortunately, there is no practical way to determine which videos are "important".
Videos with 10 or more views were selected (scraped through their search function or by a CSV manifest provided by Justin.tv staff) for archiving by the Warrior. Some videos existed on lost/mismanaged Justin.tv servers (media6.justin.tv, media18.justin.tv, media27.justin.tv) and staff are unable to recover them.
There is a work-in-progress search available at http://archive.fart.website/archiveteam/justintv-index/html/
- "Justin.tv to Delete All Video Archives"
- @textfiles: Huge congratulations to the volunteers of @archiveteam (...)
- "Volunteer archivists save big parts of the Justin.tv archive"