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Theta: Theta Protocol in Smart TVs, Jonathan Wong has joined the Theta Advisory Council

Biweekly update 1st August — 15th August

Dear Theta followers! Paradigm is here to tell you some news about Theta Network that appeared during these two weeks. To give a quick glimpse into what the team has done in terms of integration, they made a number of low-level protocol modifications to their Android Mobile SDK to port Theta to operate on Android TV OS and soon on Samsung Tizen. In the recently published video, they show the test area and a number of TVs and TV set top boxes running Theta on a SLIVER.tv stream. Currently, the team is working on the first example of a consumer Smart TV app that can relay video content over the Theta Network, and will be revealing more about this in the near future. Needless to say, it’s a big step toward their vision of 100s of millions of connected devices worldwide participating in Theta’s decentralized data delivery network, and earning TFUEL for their network contributions.

As for upcoming events, Theta CEO Mitch Liu will be speaking at Upbit Developer Conference 2019 in Incheon, Korea on September 5th. Also, Mitch Liu is serving as a judge for the Klaytn Horizon blockchain app competition, with a $1,000,000 prize pool for developers building apps on Klaytn. Interested devs should submit their applications by September 30th.

Theta continues developing video platform relationships worldwide. Jonathan Wong, Director of Product at video platform Rakuten Viki, has joined the Theta Advisory Council! For more info about Jonathan’s extensive experience in video and media sector, check out the announcement in Theta official blog.

Network statistics always shows impressive numbers. NASA’s events are streaming on Sliver.tv. Theta community continues to grow. There is a constant slight grows in the number of token holders and subscribers of Theta social media channels. Stay tuned for more updates soon and more opportunities to get involved and contribute to the Theta Network!

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):

Update on 3rd party validator nodes on Theta Network (August 1st, 2019):

- Validator node software v1.0.6 released

- Implementation in process w/ first 2 major enterprise validator nodes on Theta mainnet

- After testing, VNs will go live w/ public announcement

For information on Theta Guardian Nodes and how to join, see the announcement blog.

Theta Protocol in Smart TVs — the next step in global video and data delivery:

The Theta team has put a lot of thought into how to navigate their way towards onboarding a critical volume of nodes contributing in the Theta Network to power all types of data delivery, starting from video data first, and eventually expanding into general data types. A key focus has been the fast-growing Smart TV market from leading manufacturers like Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Sony, Hisense, TCL, Panasonic, Visio, and others.

Smart TVs, internet-enabled TVs that offer a variety of streaming services and other apps, have become the dominant type of new TV sales. Smart TVs represented 67% of all TVs sold in 2018, totaling 157M TVs in all. These TVs run on operating systems like, in order of current market share, Tizen (Samsung), Android, webOS (LG), RokuOS, and FireTV (Amazon).

Over 150 million Americans used connected TVs as of 2016, a number which is expected to increase to nearly 200 million by 2021 and in the majority of households. For the Theta protocol to achieve mass adoption, it’s critical that Theta can simply and effectively integrate with major Smart TVs and their apps. To that end, the first Theta integration with Smart TVs focuses on TVs running on Android and Samsung’s Tizen operating system.

To give a quick glimpse into what they’ve done in terms of integration, the team made a number of low-level protocol modifications to their Android Mobile SDK to port Theta to operate on Android TV OS and soon on Samsung Tizen. In the video, they show the test area and a number of TVs and TV set top boxes running Theta on a SLIVER.tv stream. The outputted logs provide some insight into the processing that happens on the device, allowing it to be a functioning node in the Theta Network. Testing with actual hardware from Theta partners they work with allows them to shift away from hypothetical scenarios and demonstrate actual working results. They’re able to go from saying Theta works on smart TVs and TV boxes to Theta runs on the latest Sony Bravia TV and the LG U+ set top box. And that is how they get market adoption, at scale.

Because the hardware in these smart TVs and TV set top boxes are specifically designed for video streaming, integrating Theta to augment some of the applications for operating in a mesh network was a logical step to take. Most TVs these days are basically mini computers and can handle all types of entertainment uses the average person may use a computer for: browsing the internet, watching movies, or even playing games. It’s now standard for TVs to come with at least 2GB of RAM, 1.5–2GHz of CPU with quadcore or octacore processors, and at least 16GB of local storage disc space. Not to mention, the custom-made processors that are manufactured specifically to support rendering crisp 4K or 8K picture quality. And because the Theta native core is not compute-intensive, running it on TVs with these specs is totally seamless. TVs become relay nodes that are effectively on the edge of the edge network, and onboarding hundreds of thousands to millions of these devices could significantly bolster Theta’s network capacity.

Theta CEO Mitch Liu is serving as a judge for the Klaytn Horizon blockchain app competition, with a $1,000,000 prize pool for developers building apps on Klaytn. Interested devs should submit their applications by September 30th:

Social encounters

Upcoming events:

Theta CEO Mitch Liu will be speaking at Upbit Developer Conference 2019 in Incheon, Korea on September 5th.

Finance

Theta Network Exchanges

Information from Coinlib.io:

Information from Coinmarketcap.com: (August 16th, 2019):

Network

Sliver.tv statistics (August 15th, 2019):

The information is taken from Similarweb.com.

Roadmap

Theta Network — 2019 Roadmap

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)

Check out the latest updates on TFUEL integration with SLIVER.tv at the TFUEL streaming roadmap — this will continue to be updated as new features are completed and added to the roadmap.

Recently Released:

Customize Donation Pop-up

Android App Updates

Streamer Subs

Improved navigation and discovery of streams

Streamer about section & streamer customizations for their channel.

Reduce stream delay

Pop-out Streamer Tool

Near Term (Month or Less):

Rework on predictions and coins

Improved stats on streamer dashboard

XP leveling for a channel to promote active viewers

Filter/sort inventory

Partnerships and team members

Jonathan Wong, Director of Product at Rakuten Viki, to join Theta Advisory Council:

The team welcomes Jonathan Wong, Director of Product at Rakuten Viki, to the Theta Advisory Council. Jonathan is a seasoned product leader with more than 15 years of experience across a variety of product development, marketing and engineering roles. In his current role as the Director of Product at Rakuten Viki, he drives the overall product vision and strategy, and leads a team of product managers in building Viki’s highly rated apps on web, mobile and TV platforms.

Viki is a video streaming website headquartered in San Mateo, California, with additional offices in Singapore, Tokyo, Japan, and Seoul, South Korea. Founded in 2007, it grew quickly and was acquired by Japanese conglomerate Rakuten in 2013, and today boasts more than 40 million Monthly Active Users. It offers a wide array of video-on-demand and livestreaming content, and has been particularly successful in launching Chinese and Korean dramas in the Southeast Asian markets. The company has also signed distribution deals for its original content with Hulu, Netflix, Yahoo!, MSN, NBC, and A&E, as well as TVB in Hong Kong, SBS in South Korea, Fuji TV in Japan and Amedia in Russia.

Previously, Jonathan was at Microsoft leading the Bing Ads business across Southeast Asia, India and Korea. Before that, he was the Head of Consumer Apps & Services Marketing, responsible for overall brand strategy, marketing execution and driving user adoption of Microsoft apps and services — including Internet Explorer, Outlook.com, SkyDrive and Skype — among the hundreds of millions of Internet users across Asia.

Jonathan is also the founder and developer of Katsu News, a fully automated and algorithm-driven news aggregator for fans of Japanese anime, music and pop culture.

Rumors

Twitter:

Reddit:

Theta’s transcribed explainer video is currently featured on dAppXplorer!

Other:

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 increase in the number of subscribers of Theta social media channels these weeks.

Official Telegram group — Discussions on price, possible partnerships, etc.

Facebook — 15–25 likes per publication, 1–5 shares.

Twitter — The 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 the 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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