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Broadcast Lite and 2018 Plans

Hello Weasels!

It’s certainly been a while since I’ve posted anything up on here, and I’ve had a few emails enquiring if I have any plans regarding Broadcast updates and the likes so I thought I would share them here.

This year, Broadcast, Broadcast PRO and a new theme, Broadcast Lite will all be receiving major upgrades. In fact, I’ve rewritten their entire codebase, to bring them up to a greater standard using the latest and greatest in web technologies.

So what’s the plan for 2018?

Broadcast Lite

Broadcast lite will be our latest and greatest FREE WordPress theme for twitch.tv streamers. This theme will be available to publically download through the WordPress.org theme library, meaning you can one-click install Broadcast Lite directly through your Wordpress admin interface (yay!).

Broadcast Lite is very similar to our current Broadcast theme, with the following notable points:

  • New, fresh, sleek design based off of the original Broadcast design that you all love so much.
  • WordPress Customizer support (no more custom admin screens).
  • Twitch API v5.0 support.
  • Better mobile & tablet support for the ever-increasing mobile market.
  • Child theme ready.
  • Translation ready.
  • Automatic updates through the WordPress.org theme library!

With the above improvements, there comes a couple of limitations, most notably:

  • Broadcast Lite users will not be able to change the colour scheme without making manual CSS changes yourself.

We understand this is quite a large drawback for our free users, however, the plan here is to spend much more time improving the colour scheme system which should theoretically allow the system to handle infinite colour schemes, meaning you can style Broadcast exactly how you want it, to match your stream theme, branding and identity. This new colour scheme feature will be rolled into Broadcast PRO.

Broadcast PRO

Broadcast PRO users need not worry, with the complete overhaul of Broadcast and Broadcast Lite will also come the overhaul of Broadcast PRO. Broadcast PRO will continue to only be available through StreamWeasels and the price will remain at $29.99. The theme will also have the following upgrades:

  • New, fresh, sleak design based off of the original Broadcast design that you all love so much.
  • WordPress Customizer support (no more custom admin screens).
  • Twitch API v5.0 support.
  • Better mobile & tablet support for the ever-increasing mobile market.
  • Child theme ready.
  • Translation ready.

With support for the following new features:

  • Twitch chat integration.
  • Potentially infinite colour schemes.
  • Modular layout.
  • Past Broadcast and Vods support.
  • More stuff currently in the works!

The initial plan was to release Broadcast PRO 2.0 early in the year, as most of the work on the above features has already been completed, but since then plans have changed, and I started to rebuild the entire thing from scratch to bring it more up-to-date. Because of this, I’m aiming for a summer release on Broadcast PRO 2.0.

Current Broadcast users will get an automatic update in their WordPress admin interface, and as the new admin screen will be making use of the core WordPress Customizer, you will have to reload all of your imagery and data into the new Customizer screen, which should only take a couple of minutes!

So keep an eye out in your admin interface, and please reach out if you have any questions on the future of the theme or if you have any suggestions!

Broadcast

Our current free theme, Broadcast, will be discontinued very soon and completely replaced with Broadcast Lite. This will likely happen within the next couple of weeks once Broadcast Lite has been approved for use on the WordPress.org theme library. Current users of the Broadcast theme will be unaffected and can continue to use the theme, however, they won’t receive any more updates or support and I would fully encourage everyone to upgrade to Broadcast Lite once it’s available!

Thanks, more updates coming soon.

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Twitch API Fix

Twitch recently made some changes to their API, requiring developers to register and authenticate all requests to the Twitch API, no matter how simple those requests are. This isn’t something we were previously doing in both Broadcast and Broadcast PRO.

As it is now being enforced, we have made the necessary changes to both Broadcast and Broadcast PRO. Free users will have to download the latest theme and re-upload to their WordPress installation manually, while PRO users will be able to update their theme to the latest files directly through the WordPress interface(yay!).

For more information on how to update to the latest version of Broadcast, please see our FAQ here, or get in touch with us directly here.

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Broadcast 1.1.0

Hello Weasels!

First of all a big thanks to everyone who has either tried Broadcast for free or purchased Broadcast PRO over the last couple of months. Seeing the steady stream of downloads and seeing the cool things you guys are doing with the theme gives us motivation to continue to improve!

With that, comes Broadcast 1.1.0

The big new feature in Broadcast 1.1.0 is embedded streams! Now you can choose the desired action of your ‘Watch Now’ buttons whenever you’re online. You can either continue to point users to your twitch page, or you can now embed your stream directly in your site. You’ll find this new option under ‘Theme Options‘ -> ‘Stream Settings‘.

As well as the above new feature, we also fixed a couple of bugs that appeared due to a recent update to both Chrome and Firefox. If you find that your current version of Broadcast has a bugged navigation in either of these browsers, upgrading to the latest version will fix this.

Remember, Broadcast PRO users get free, instant updates through the WordPress interface as long as they have provided a valid license key. Regular Broadcast users will have to upgrade manually, details on how to do that can be found on our support page here.

Until next time!

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Broadcast 1.0.0 Release!

We are very excited to announce the we have officially released our first WordPress Theme ‘Broadcast‘ and ‘Broadcast PRO‘. If you’re looking for a WordPress theme to accompany your Twitch.tv streaming career, Broadcast integrates flawlessly with Twitch’s API to pull all sorts of information about your live stream.

All it needs to get going is your twitch username, it’s really that simple.

You can find out more about the requirements to get up and running on our support page here, or alternatively you can get in touch with more specific questions directly via our contact form here.

You can also find us on Twitter where we’ll be happy to answer questions, provide support and keep in touch!

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Broadcast Theme Coming Soon!

Welcome gamer friends, to a new home for Streamweasel WordPress Themes and Plugins, specifically aimed at online gaming content creators. Our flagship theme ‘Broadcast‘ is currently under development and we’re looking to launch it within the next couple of months. Broadcast is specifically designed to integrate with Twitch to give online streamers a simple, elegant and beautiful website which they can call their own.

Within minutes, Broadcast can be configured to pull in all sorts of information from your stream, including ‘online status’, ‘game currently playing’, ‘viewer count’ and more. Use Broadcast to deliver your streaming schedule to fans, to make big announcements or to simply promote yourself as a professional, dedicated online streamer.

No other WordPress theme out there integrates so tightly with Twitch straight out the box. After trying Broadcast for FREE, why not take your website to the next level with Broadcast PRO? Broadcast PRO unlocks a ton of cool features, as well as entitles you to a lifetime of support and access to each and every new feature we build into Broadcast in the coming years.