Blockchain projects for content delivery networks (CDNs) were first envisioned in 2015–2016, with white papers from StreamSpace, (now SWRM Labs), Decent in Geneva, Switzerland, SingularDTV in New York, NY (US), an affiliate of ConsenSys, and BlockCDN in Hong Kong, China. These peer-to-peer service offerings combined blockchain tokenization with semi-centralized content demand prediction to enable up to 90% reduction of the cost of traditional content distribution offerings from leaders such as Akamai, Verizon, and Amazon Web Services.
The business proposition for each is to disrupt the financial control exerted by the entertainment content distribution leaders — major film studios, music distributors, and book and other print media publishers, plus Google and Apple, the main gatekeepers to the online content industries. These projects promise higher rewards for creative artists, authors, and other content creators by eliminating middlemen and using P2P distribution instead of traditional managed CDNs. SingularDTV’s white paper described an entertainment ecosystem, fueled with token-based offerings to support rights management, a film production studio, a sci-fi television series about decentralization scaling, and a transaction-based video-on-demand (TVOD) portal. Decent emphasized the pricing power exerted by the major publishers, taking up to 70% of the total revenue associated with artistic content in music, film, books, and more. …
Dear StreamSpace Community Member,
Thank you for being part of our community! We have some big news for you today:
StreamSpace is now SWRM Labs.
We have a new name and a new website, and we will be launching our new identity through social media over the next week.
Our new identity better reflects on our mission — to provide the most efficient and secure content distribution service possible. As we announced a month ago, we have been working hard to prepare our new services, and we will soon begin to roll out our new offerings.
SWRM Labs’ core offering is a blockchain-powered decentralized content distribution network (dCDN) called the Hive. We already have dozens of high-performance nodes operating through our internal alpha test, and we will share our plans to increase the number of nodes by 10x as we roll out our beta testnet, on the road to the Mainnet. …
It has been a year since StreamSpace described its architecture for a new distributed CDN supported by blockchain technologies like IPFS and Hedera Hashgraph. In this time, we built development, test, and operations teams, and we now have a working testnet for passing files between publishers, nodes, and end users.
The new StreamSpace CDN features two key modes:
· a web-based mode, where customers can upload content files, manage organization access rights, track content popularity and usage, pay bills, along with numerous other features
· a desktop-based mode, where storage hosts, who we call “cachers,” can allocate storage capacity, earn tokens based on content throughput, and manage their token…
5 April 2019
The installed base of Internet of Things (IoT) devices is climbing by 15% per year — from 23 billion connected devices in 2018 to a forecast of 75 billion devices in use by 2025 according to Statista. The number of new IoT devices sold each year will rise from about 6 billion in 2019 to 18 billion in 2025.
A Bain study published in 2018 reported that the combined markets for IoT will climb from $235 billion spent in 2017 to $520 billion by 2021, and cloud service providers, particularly Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, have emerged as influential providers of IoT analytics and services. …
It’s been a busy quarter for StreamSpace, both on our product development and our marketing fronts. Major accomplishments include launching the StreamSpace Bangalore Development Center, which will accelerate our alpha schedule by several months, and a number of executive engagements that showcased our leadership in blockchain video distribution.
StreamSpace Bangalore Development Center
StreamSpace launched its BDC in November, helping to accelerate the delivery date for the alpha version of StreamSpace’s distributed content delivery network (dCDN). Currently staffed with 6 talented developers, StreamSpace is ramping the center to a planned 8–10 developers by January. …
Video has completely transformed the way people are entertained and informed, so it makes sense that video has driven the internet to include a superstructure of interlinked private content delivery networks, or CDNs. The huge bandwidth requirements imposed by the shift from static webpages and file downloads to video streaming forced service providers to push the most likely and popular content to the edges of the network, reducing the median time to buffer and launch the content from 20–40 seconds in the 1990s with dial-up access points down to less than 4 seconds today.
Superior content delivery performance
Video buffer incidents are often quite minor, but even one buffer delay leads viewers to reduce the time they spend on that content by 39% according to MUX. Akamai found that streaming video viewers start to abandon content when it takes just two seconds to launch; after 11 seconds launch delay, fifty percent of videos are abandoned. …
Scenario planning is a tool to break away from traditional linear planning and explore new ways that the industry and your markets evolve. Particularly when times are tough, it is important to step away from the tactical challenges that occupy business executives’ day; when you are scratching with the chickens, it is particularly hard to remember that your original goal was to fly.
The film industry has been in the doldrums for twenty years. The number of cinema tickets sold in the United States peaked in 2002 at 1,575,700, and has since declined by 20% to 2017’s 1.2 million, but the true peak of the US movie industry was 1946, when almost 60% of Americans went to the cinema weekly. The advent of television and other entertainment options drove movie theaters out of the American mainstream experience, and the only reason why the theater industry is still thriving is because they have raised prices dramatically, to today’s average price of $9 per seat. …
You may remember from this post that we kicked off our Film Industry Ambassador program a few months ago.
So far, we have 20 talented filmmakers on board!
We invite filmmakers to join the StreamSpace Ambassador Program, whether your project is at the concept stage, near completion, or pursuing theatrical release opportunities.
StreamSpace will provide the tools and mentorship for people to lead dialogues with their fans and use the power of social media networks to grow their fan base. The program focuses on values embedded in social networks: the importance of community and positive support, the power to change the world with honesty and integrity.
Contact us at email@example.com
Thank you for being part of our community! We want to keep you abreast of what we’re up to across a variety of technical and business development fronts.
StreamSpace is proud to introduce our newest advisor:
Lionel is a software engineering pioneer and a thought leader in video streaming and mobile multimedia technologies. Before founding the mobile multimedia consulting company Ficana, Lionel was the Director of Mobile Streaming at Netflix where he oversaw all of Netflix’s mobile streaming efforts. Previously, Lionel was the System Engineering Director at Texas Instruments and Manager of Software Engineering at RealNetworks. Lionel led the MPEG-4 Systems research project involving the development of multimedia applications integrating audio, video and graphics (MPEG, VRML), streaming over the Internet. …
Films vs Books: A Never-Ending Debate
The debate about whether a book or film based on the book is superior has likely been ongoing for at least 80 years and possibly over 100 years, ever since the first film based on a book, “Frankenstein,” was brought to life by Edison Studios in 1910. Contests between book and film lovers tend to be fairly balanced; a recent poll from Debate.org is currently listed as 56% favoring books, and 44% favoring film, but films have been a larger segment of the entertainment industry for decades. …