Building a network that supports a fully decentralized live video broadcasting infrastructure requires building solutions across many different categories of challenges including peer-to-peer networking, live protocols, economic incentives, verification of work, blockchain scalability, media encoding, user applications, and more. Many of the underlying technologies that Livepeer is being built on top of are still nascent themselves. We look forward to contributing to the entire ecosystem to enable not just decentralized live broadcast, but also the full suite of tools necessary to build decentralized applications. This outline of the phases of the Livepeer Network, starting with the current Snowmelt phase and ending with the Oceanic phase, lays out the path forward from the centralized live streaming infrastructure that we have today to a full ecosystem of decentralized video services that we envision for the future.

Snowmelt

Tributary

Streamflow

Confluence

Delta

Ocean

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Iterating through these many phases will take years, but it is a goal of the Livepeer project to do so in a way that allows users to benefit from the utility of the network on day 1. The network will gain more and more functionality and trustless autonomy over time, but in order for it to do so we’ll also have to make sure to embed the correct governance and upgrade paths. Communicating this plan and getting feedback on it early on is an important part of setting expectations amongst the ecosystem around how we can all move forward together towards the goal of decentralized live video broadcast.

Building live streaming on the blockchain at Livepeer. Previously Founder, VP Eng at Wildcard and Hyperpublic (acquired by Groupon).

A decentralized live video streaming platform built on Ethereum - Livepeer.org