Can You Stream TV Shows on Twitch?

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Updated on August 14, 2023

With tons of copyright permissions protecting against public use of movie and TV content, streaming movies through Twitch was challenging. But with recent updates, legally streaming such content on Twitch has become a reality. Still, some ask, “Can you stream TV shows on Twitch?”

Currently, you can only stream TV shows and movies on Twitch through the Watch Parties feature. Otherwise, you must own the copyright or secure express permission to stream any movie or TV show through Twitch.

Streamers without permission to stream content risk losing their Twitch account along with legal repercussions. Twitch Watch Parties provides a safe haven of sorts for streamers and viewers to enjoy movies, TV shows and other content. 

Getting the most from streaming TV shows on Twitch isn’t possible without correct facts. That’s why this guide provides details streamers can take advantage of to watch their favorite content without hassles. 

Can You Stream TV on Twitch?

Watch Parties is a Twitch feature that allows Twitch streamers and community members to enjoy copyrighted content. Twitch Watch Parties allows communities to stream content available with a Prime Video or Amazon Prime subscription. 

The feature is available to creators on desktop PCs, iOS devices, and all compatible Android applications. 

Streamers can add Watch Parties as a feature on their Twitch account through the following path:

Twitch > Stream Manager > Quick Actions Panel > + > Watch Parties (click to activate it). 

Streamers who desire to stream TV through Twitch must also authorize Prime Video Playback on their device. Next, they need to select the content, set up webcam sound and video, and begin a watch party. 

After beginning the watch party, community members can join in on your stream, chat, react, and perform other activities. 

Is Streaming Netflix on Twitch Illegal?

Streaming Netflix content through Twitch is a violation of US copyright law and an illegal act that could attract prosecution. 

Netflix and Twitch are registered US companies that are bound by provisions of local laws. Violation of these laws attracts penalties in full effect, and similar legislation is active in several countries worldwide where Twitch is available. 

The only way to stream Netflix content through Twitch is with copyright permission. So, only Netflix can decide to stream its content on any platform, since it is the sole owner of all its content’s copyright. 

Can You Watch Amazon Prime on Twitch?

Twitch streamers with a Prime Video or Amazon Prime account can watch series, movies, and other content available on both platforms. Streamers can share content from these platforms with viewers through a dedicated Twitch feature called Watch Parties. 

The Watch Parties feature allows streamers to watch, discuss, and react to events in their favorite movies and TV shows. Streamers do not need copyright permission to stream material from Amazon Prime or Prime Video at any time.  

Can I Stream Twitch from My Phone to My TV?

Twitch currently supports streaming its content from mobile devices to smart TVs. Streamers can cast Twitch content from their mobile phones through the Twitch App onto their TV screens. 

Users can open the Twitch app on iPads and Android devices, connect to Chromecast or Wi-Fi, and stream content directly. Some later versions of Twitch mobile apps also have the ‘Cast’ button that supports streaming to multiple devices. 

It’s worth noting that the Twitch app won’t be able to stream properly across all devices. The ‘Cast’ feature usually functions when the Twitch app can recognize a compatible device across your network of gadgets. 

Can I Stream Myself Watching a Movie on Twitch?

The only way to stream yourself watching a movie on Twitch is through Watch Parties. Also, you can only stream content available through Prime Video or Amazon Prime. Streaming yourself and watching other content without proper copyright permission is illegal. 

Streamers who decide to stream themselves watching movies without permission risk losing their account. Copyright owners of such content can also decide to take legal action against streamers who use their content without authorization.  

Can You Use Twitch Mobile to Stream TV Shows?

Older versions of the Twitch app don’t support streaming on mobile devices. Latest updates allow users to stream content like movies, TV shows, and more from their iOS or Android devices. 

Users can easily stream content from their device’s camera onto the Twitch mobile app. The Watch Parties feature may not work on some mobile devices yet, but standard streaming support is available on many gadgets.

Can You Stream Anime TV Shows on Twitch?

The only kind of anime TV shows you can stream on Twitch must be available on Amazon Prime or Prime Video. Otherwise, you need to hold special rights that allow you to stream content unavailable through Amazon Prime. 

However, viewers keen on anime content through Twitch can find several streamers with permission to publish such entertainment. Other streamers could also apply for extensions like Tenami or Crunchyroll to stream anime content through Twitch.