Twitch app is finally coming to more 4K TVs, not just LG

Twitch is rare on smart TVs, but it's coming to all JVC and Hitachi TVs in Europe, among others

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While most streaming services like to be on every system going, Twitch has always been a bit less free and easy with where you can find its apps, with most of the best TVs missing out… and even the best gaming TVs. But a big selection of European TV models from JVC, Hitachi, Telefunken and Techwood will now get an official Twitch app, making it easier to keep up with your favourite streamers.

All smart TVs from these brands ranging back to June 2018 will be updated with the new Twitch app, which is a nice touch. These brands are all manufactured by TV super-maker Vestel, which has another big brand that's missing from this announcement: Toshiba. We expect Toshiba TVs to follow suit, but there's no confirmation as yet.

A native Twitch app on a smart TV is a rare thing – the biggest name to offer it is LG on its webOS TVs such as the LG CX and LG BX. On the many Android TVs out there, the simplest option is to find what you want to watch on the Twitch app on your phone, and then Cast it to your TV.

Twitch is available on some set-top boxes, though, including Amazon's Fire TV Stick and Apple TV, so adding extra hardware (and cost) to other TVs can give you Twitch access.

However, many of Vestel's models are aimed more in the budget range (and at smaller sizes than a lot of high-end TVs), so it's great for gaming fans to have an easy Twitch option on well-priced 4K HDR TVs, in sizes suited to bedrooms and offices.

Vestel says that the Twitch-ready update for JVC, Hitachi, Telefunken and Techwood TVs should be rolling out immediately.

For great budget TVs, be sure to see our list of the best TVs under £1,000, best TVs under $1000 and best TVs under £500. We've also got our general list of the best TV deals!

Matthew Bolton

Matt is T3's former AV and Smart Home Editor (UK), master of all things audiovisual, overseeing our TV, speakers and headphones coverage. He also covered smart home products and large appliances, as well as our toys and games articles. He's can explain both what Dolby Vision IQ is and why the Lego you're building doesn't fit together the way the instructions say, so is truly invaluable. Matt has worked for tech publications for over 10 years, in print and online, including running T3's print magazine and launching its most recent redesign. He's also contributed to a huge number of tech and gaming titles over the years. Say hello if you see him roaming the halls at CES, IFA or Toy Fair. Matt now works for our sister title TechRadar.