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Mozilla looking to improve Twitch playback in Firefox

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Do you love watching Twitch livestreams? I bet there's plenty amongst our readers! Well, it seems Mozilla are looking into making it better with Firefox.

Writing on Reddit, jrmuizel a Gfx team Engineer at Mozilla said: "Over the past while, I've noticed quite a few reports of people complaining that Twitch has worse performance in Firefox vs Chrome/Edge. I'm hoping to spend some more time on fixing this over the next little while and am looking for more specifics on how and when it's worse for people.

If anyone sees this (or uses Twitch and doesn't see it) please respond with some details including what kind of computer you're using, and how to reproduce the problem."

The only problem I usually have is certain areas seemingly at random fail to load, with an error message of "Failed to load module", which usually goes away with a refresh. It's quite a nuisance though.

Have you had issues with Twitch and Firefox? Might be time to speak up and let your problems be known, and who knows a future Firefox release might fix it. Head over to the Reddit post to let the developer know.

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Quotecertain areas seemingly at random fail to load
Yeah, I get that as well. Also video occasionally just doesn't load and requires a refresh of the page. In an attempt to de-Google my life, I've switched fully to Firefox and it's been a MOSTLY good experience.
scaine 5 Jan
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Quotecertain areas seemingly at random fail to load
Yeah, I get that as well. Also video occasionally just doesn't load and requires a refresh of the page. In an attempt to de-Google my life, I've switched fully to Firefox and it's been a MOSTLY good experience.

I get this fairly regularly. Hitting F5 a few times generally brings it up. I actually thought it was my pi-hole adblocker that caused this (and it might be contributing?) but interesting that it's a Firefox thing.

Firefox is a superb browser. I definitely wouldn't give it up at this point.
Quotecertain areas seemingly at random fail to load, with an error message of "Failed to load module"

I fixed that by enabling DNS over HTTPS in the settings.
tuubi 5 Jan
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Quotecertain areas seemingly at random fail to load
Yeah, I get that as well. Also video occasionally just doesn't load and requires a refresh of the page. In an attempt to de-Google my life, I've switched fully to Firefox and it's been a MOSTLY good experience.
These problems were part of the reason I used Streamlink Twitch GUI (with mpv/chatty) for Twitch streams, back before I stopped using Twitch completely. It wasn't perfect, but it was nicer than using the browser. Now the only streamer I watch regularly uses Owncast and it's a much nicer experience for me than Twitch ever was.
Lofty 5 Jan
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Quotecertain areas seemingly at random fail to load
Yeah, I get that as well. Also video occasionally just doesn't load and requires a refresh of the page. In an attempt to de-Google my life, I've switched fully to Firefox and it's been a MOSTLY good experience.
These problems were part of the reason I used Streamlink Twitch GUI (with mpv/chatty) for Twitch streams, back before I stopped using Twitch completely. It wasn't perfect, but it was nicer than using the browser. Now the only streamer I watch regularly uses Owncast and it's a much nicer experience for me than Twitch ever was.

yea Owncast is great. i recommend it for people tired of Twitch.
I can't say I watch a lot of Twitch, but I generally haven't noticed any issues when watching Twitch videos on Firefox. Still, it's great to see that devs are looking into it. The past few versions of Firefox have been pretty nice, they've managed to fix most of my YouTube woes.
Creak 5 Jan
QuoteThe only problem I usually have is certain areas seemingly at random fail to load, with an error message of "Failed to load module", which usually goes away with a refresh. It's quite a nuisance though.

Just to add to the pile, I too have this issue. Twitch is the only website I watch with Chrome because of this bug.

Couldn't find the repro steps though 😕
Torqachu 5 Jan
Try firefox extension play-with https://addons.mozilla.org/it/firefox/addon/play-with/?utm_source=addons.mozilla.org&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=search
https://github.com/grmat/play-with

i use it with smplayer+mpv, or use only mpv if you want use a file configuration.


Last edited by Torqachu on 5 January 2022 at 7:29 pm UTC
M@GOid 5 Jan
I had problems with Firefox on Youtube, where the page would simply stall and need a refresh to work again. Turned out it was the ad-blocker I was using, µBlock Origin. I changed for another and the problem got away. Maybe this Twitch problem with Firefox may be related to a add-on people are using.
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Quotecertain areas seemingly at random fail to load
Yeah, I get that as well. Also video occasionally just doesn't load and requires a refresh of the page. In an attempt to de-Google my life, I've switched fully to Firefox and it's been a MOSTLY good experience.
Weirdly I have this issue running Steam on macOS with my m1 Max. Like the web engine blocks sections of the download until you refresh... something I would expect computers from the 90s to do...
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