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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

Development

GitHub metrics:

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!

Pre-guardian node payouts for month of June have now been distributed.

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.

Theta Edge Cacher v1 beta released:

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.

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!

Social encounters

Upcoming events:

  • The team will be doing monthly live AMAs going forward.

Finance

Theta Network Exchanges

Information from Coinmarketcap.com: (July 5th, 2019):

Network

The SpaceX Falcon 9 was launching… And it was streamed LIVE on SLIVER.tv on June 24th!

Sliver.tv statistics (July 5th, 2019):

The information is taken from Similarweb.com.

Roadmap

Theta Network — 2019 Roadmap

Q2 2019:

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

Q3 2019:

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

Q4 2019:

Expand Theta content delivery beyond video to support all forms of data (e.g. file updates, game patches, video ads, audio/music, etc)

The new TFUEL streaming roadmap

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.

Recently Released:

Streamer can update game and stream title

Streamline going live on Theta or Twitch

Mobile Notifications of Followed Channels

Streamer Earns TFuel Based on Viewer Sharing

Streamers Stats for Follows

Streamer Merch available for TFuel

Airdrop improvements

More Concurrent TFuel Streams

Chat badges

Streamers can post messages to their followers

Follow A Channel

Quality & Sound Controls on Video Player

TFuel Earnings Widget Improvement

TFuel earning on mobile WiFi

History of mod actions listed in chat panel

Per channel chat moderation

List of present users in chat panel

Near Term (Month or Less):

Video Ads & Revenue Sharing

Message Inbox & Email Digests

Pop-out Streamer Tool

Premium streamer animated emotes

Streamer Subs & Sub Emojis

Partnerships and team members

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

You:

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

Rumors

Twitter:

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.

#Cloudflare outage suggests projects tackling decentralized /distributed content delivery systems may be onto something. @holochain @Theta_Network @NKN_ORG @Elastos_org

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.

Other:

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.

Theta subreddit has moved to Theta_network. And telegram chat moved to ThetaNetwork.

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.

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