Theta: PGN payouts for month of June have been distributed with >670 active users and 100M THETA, Edge Cacher v1 beta released, Android SDK v1 now available, The SpaceX Falcon 9 was streamed on SLIVER.tv
Biweekly update 21st June — 5th July
Hello and welcome to all Theta followers and community members! Paradigm is here to tell you some news about Theta Network appeared during these two weeks. Pre-Guardian Node program, an early preview of Guardian Nodes, the 2nd layer of nodes in Theta’s multi-BFT consensus mechanism, is ongoing! And Pre-Guardian Node payouts for month of June have now been distributed. The numbers are more than impressive! More than 670 active users are running the PGN client, totaling more than 100 million Theta Tokens (10% of total token supply)! You can now also check out the latest updates on TFUEL integration with SLIVER.tv at the new TFUEL streaming roadmap — this will continue to be updated as new features are completed and added to the roadmap. These weeks, Theta Edge Cacher v1 beta released! This standalone client lets you relay video and earn TFUEL at higher levels. The fully-fledged version of the Edge Cacher, to be released later this year, will feature TFUEL earnings distributed directly to your address as you relay video data. Theta Android SDK v1 has been released on GitHub. The Android SDK is the base for Theta integration in CJ Viewing TV box, SLIVER.tv mobile app, and coming soon, Android-based smart TVs! All part of the team’s vision of Theta global video delivery! Network statistics constantly shows impressive numbers. NASA’s events are streaming on Sliver.tv. The SpaceX Falcon 9 was launching on June 24th and it was streamed LIVE on SLIVER.tv! The project gains ground. Theta community continues to grow. There are a constant slight grows in the number of token holders and subscribers of Theta social media channels. There were a lot of the killer Theta designs submitted by community members over the last weeks! Submissions are now closed and the team will review them this week, and early next week announce the winners. The best designers will get a cut of sales of the new Theta merch! More to follow. Stay tuned!
THETA has 8 public repositories and 15 private repositories. Overall, the Project has frequent commits to the collection of repositories.
Developer activity (from Coinlib.io):
Theta Pre-Guardian Node is ongoing!
More than 670 active users are running the PGN client, totaling more than 100 million Theta Tokens (10% of total token supply)!
For information on Theta Guardian Nodes and how to join, see the announcement blog.
The team announced the release of the beta version of the Theta Edge Cacher, allowing users to share their excess bandwidth resources as a caching node via a desktop client, without the need to be a viewer on any video platform. The beta Edge Cacher is included as an upgrade to the existing Theta Pre-Guardian Node client and can be downloaded for Windows PC here. While the client can be run on Mac/Linux using a Windows emulator, the team will also release dedicated versions for those operating systems in the future.
Unlike watching a video on SLIVER.tv and sharing your stream, the beta Edge Cacher allows you to act as a pure relayer in the Theta Network. For the more dedicated contributors with significant bandwidth to share, the Edge Cacher is the way for you to share 24/7 in a relatively resource-light client. Your device will experience less CPU load than that of a regular relayer on SLIVER.tv, and since you aren’t running any browser, there aren’t any browser crashes or cache limits to deal with. Note, your eligibility to run the Edge Cacher is determined by your system’s performance. If your upload bandwidth is not sufficient to effectively contribute to the network you might not be peered with other users, since priority for those peer slots would be given to users who can best contribute to the network. The v1 beta does not offer real-time analytics of bandwidth performance, but you can monitor this using the Performance tab of Task Manager, or if you are more technically-inclined with a free network analyzer like Wireshark.
In this first iteration, TFUEL earnings will be distributed monthly to the on-chain Theta address you have verified in the PGN client. The fully-fledged version of the Edge Cacher, to be released later this year, will feature TFUEL earnings distributed directly to your address as you relay video data.
Other PGN/edge cacher client updates include:
- Info section added, with direct links to Theta wallet, explorer, and website
- An update installer that allows you to check for PGN/edge cacher updates and install directly
- Various minor bug fixes, including the window minimization issue that some users reported
With more than 670 active PGN clients running as of today, the overall network of Theta relayers just became a lot stronger with today’s release. Running the Edge Cacher doesn’t just let you earn TFUEL for sharing your bandwidth, it gives us valuable data to keep improving the Theta Network and the production Edge Cacher for later this year.
*The production versions of the Guardian Node client and Edge Cacher will be separate applications; this combined version is only for the early PGN and beta Edge Cacher builds.
The Android SDK is the base for Theta integration in CJ Viewing TV box, SLIVER.tv mobile app, and coming soon, Android-based smart TVs! All part of the team’s vision of Theta global video delivery!
- The team will be doing monthly live AMAs going forward.
Theta Network Exchanges
Information from Coinmarketcap.com: (July 5th, 2019):
Sliver.tv statistics (July 5th, 2019):
The information is taken from Similarweb.com.
Beta release universal edge cacher client
Launch 3rd party Validator partner program
Enhance Mesh Streaming Network scalability
Enhance Blockchain scalability
Launch Developer tools for Theta mainnet integration
Beta release Android mobile SDK integration with initial partners
Launch support for video on demand (VoD) in Theta Mesh Streaming Network
Launch guardian node functionality and onboard initial group of community-run guardian nodes
Beta release support for Android-based set-top boxes and smart TVs
Introduce guardian nodes into the validator node set on rotating basis
Launch smart contract support
Expand Theta content delivery beyond video to support all forms of data (e.g. file updates, game patches, video ads, audio/music, etc)
Check out the latest updates on TFUEL integration with SLIVER.tv at the new TFUEL streaming roadmap — this will continue to be updated as new features are completed and added to roadmap.
Near Term (Month or Less):
Partnerships and team members
- Theta Network (Not giving away ETH/BTC) @Theta_Network on Twitter on Jun 27:
Congratulations to @klaytn_official for their mainnet launch! We are excited to collaborate with Theta + Klaytn blockchains together to build the SLIVER.tv Korea mobile esports app, slated for release later this year.
Part-Time job opportunity to work in gaming & Esports at @SLIVERtv360
Fluent in Korean & English
Enjoy watching / talking to content creators
Familiar with streaming websites like Afreeca & other popular Korean entertainment
Send resume to kyle@SLIVER.tv
Thanks to Theta community for all the killer Theta designs submitted over the last 2 weeks! Submissions are now closed and we’ll review them week, and early next week announce the winners. The best designers will get a cut of sales of the new Theta merch.
You’ve seen our streamers, but do you really KNOW them?
Learn more about everyone from our partners to affiliates on SLIVER through the link.
- Cloudflare Flameout: Another Central Point Of Failure? on Crypto Briefing:
- Be aware of scammers! Admins of Official Theta Telegram chat will never DM you or ask for private info / keys / seed phrases!
Social media metrics
Social media activity:
Social media dynamics:
Theta community continues to grow. There is a slight fluctuation in the number of subscribers of Theta social media channels these weeks.
Official Telegram group — Discussions on testnet, price, possible partnerships, etc.
Facebook — 15–25 likes per publication, 1–5 shares.
Twitter — Average number of retweets is 35–40 for one post.
Bitcointalk.org — since November 23rd, 2017. Discussion on mainnet launch, price, roadmap.
There is a slight growth in Theta community over time. The graph above shows the dynamics of changes in the number of Theta Reddit subscribers, Twitter followers and Facebook likes. The information is taken from Coingecko.com.