If you’re a gamer in South Africa, you’ve inevitably run into a situation where streaming live gameplay from Twitch is next to impossible. If you can’t do it in “source”, you have to drop the resolution down until fine details in DOTA 2 look like coloured blobs, and the announcer’s face might be pimpled for all you know because it’s horribly pixelated. When the image clears up somewhat, your download speed drops again and the stream stutters while the buffer fills up. I’ve been through several ISPs trying to figure this out, and it’s been an exercise in frustration and hours of pointless messages and phone calls to support staff to isolate the cause.
I’d move to a new ISP and see things improve dramatically, only to have the wheels fall off the wagon rapidly. Without local content caching servers, Twitch’s performance remains lacklustre across almost all ISPs. Until now, that is. I’ve come across a gem of a browser plugin that fixes it all, and I want you to know about it, because it’ll save you some grief. Maybe it’ll even save some lives, who knows!