Blockchain 

Can Cryptocurrency Create a New Niche in Music Streaming?

The music streaming industry has come a long way since the old days of Napster and the first-ever downloadable music. The new technology that was the internet, combined with faster download speeds, made music sharing possible. Since those early days, regulations and structure have provided a way for companies to monetize digital content while protecting it and putting new technology to work. As the industry evolved, a few major platforms exploded into the market. These early growth leaders received huge boosts as users began tossing out their CDs and flocking…

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Blockchain 

Gaming Rewards Firm Partners With Blockchain-Based Streaming Platform DLive

United States blockchain-based rewards and marketing company Refereum has announced its latest partnership with decentralized streaming platform DLive to reward gamers for creating and watching content. According to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Nov. 7, Refereum’s partnership with one of blockchain’s largest streaming platforms, DLive, will enable users to earn rewards for live-streaming games. DLive is reportedly the first blockchain-powered streaming service to join the Refereum platform, alongside Twitch and Mixer. DLive CEO Charles Wayn said: “Bringing benefits to our streamers is always one of DLive team’s priorities.…

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Blockchain 

PewDiePie-Partnered Streaming Platform DLive Teams Up With Theta Network

Theta Labs has announced that its blockchain video infrastructure protocol Theta Network will soon be incorporated into decentralized streaming platform DLive. According to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Oct. 10, Theta’s partnership with DLive will enable peer-to-peer video relaying of all video content and token rewards for the latter’s users. Employing the biggest name in gaming As Cointelegraph reported previously, PewDiePie, the personality behind the most-subscribed gaming channel on YouTube, began streaming exclusively on DLive on April 14. In just over a month after this partnership started, the…

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Blockchain 

BitTorrent to Begin Alpha Testing Blockchain-Based Streaming Platform

Major file sharing company BitTorrent, a subsidiary of blockchain company Tron, is going to internally test its blockchain-based live streaming platform in Q3 2019. Platform overview BitTorrent announced the news in an official blog post on Aug. 27. According to the announcement, the streaming platform — called BitTorrent Live (BLive) — supports live video content and an instant messaging service. Additionally, its underlying system reportedly contains a top user chart and a user relationship feature. BitTorrent intends to roll out BLive in alpha, beta and full versions from Q3 2019…

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Blockchain 

Blockchain Music Streaming Startup Unveils Source Code, Incentives

Audius, a blockchain startup that aims to disrupt the music streaming industry, has uploaded its public beta version.  The open source code for public use of Audius is available on GitHub as of Aug. 15. Additionally, the startup has issued an open invitation to run network nodes in exchange for compound rewards distributed in Audius’ native token. Decrypt reported the startup’s recent developments on Aug. 15. According to Audius CEO Roneil Rumburg, Amazon Web Services is one provider that users can take advantage of to run a node for the…

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Blockchain 

Terra Stablecoin Alliance Adds South Korean Music Streaming Platform

Blockchain payment system and stablecoin issuer Terra has added South Korean music streaming platform Bugs to its e-commerce alliance.  As CoinDesk reported Aug. 14, there are now 25 partners in the Singapore-based company’s South Korea-focused payment ecosystem. The Terra Alliance uses payment solutions provider CHAI as its front-end. CHAI incorporates a mobile payments app which connects to 15 major local banks. Terra’s blockchain-based platform then sits in the background, linking payments to e-commerce sites. Terra co-founder Daniel Shin said that the platform is smoother than the legacy payment systems in…

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Bitcoin 

Live Streaming Startup YouNow Files SEC Filing for Compliant Token Earning for App Users

Live streaming startup YouNow, which created the decentralized digital video ecosystem Props in 2017 and is backed by Union Square Ventures, has filed a public offering with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its Props token. The development was revealed in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on June 19. The YouNow app — which reportedly counts 47 million registered users — has submitted its application as a Regulation A+ filing with the SEC. Pending approval, the initiative could see accredited and retail users alike globally earning…

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Ethereum 

Ethereum-Based Decentralized Video Streaming Startup Livepeer Raises $8M

Ethereum (ETH)-based decentralized video streaming startup Livepeer announced that it raised $8 million from institutional investors in its Series A funding round in a Medium post published on June 17. Per the announcement, the startup will use the newly acquired resources to support the further development of the Livepeer protocol, network, software and ecosystem to further adoption. The round was reportedly led by venture capital firm Northzone, which was also one of the first investors in Spotify. Other participants in the round purportedly include Digital Currency Group, Libertus, Collaborative Fund,…

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Bitcoin 

Streaming Service Twitch Removes Crypto Payment Options, Reddit User Reports

Amazon-owned streaming service Twitch has evidently removed Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) as payment options for subscriptions. The change was reported by a Reddit user on March 23. The user noted that Twitch had offered an option to pay with BTC and BCH employing BitPay as a payment processor, but has since “removed it in the last couple of weeks as a payment method for all countries.” One user, seemingly outraged, noted that they canceled all of their Twitch subscriptions and sent an assistance ticket to the company. On…

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Bitcoin 

Blockstream Launches 5th Satellite Streaming Bitcoin Blockchain From Space

Blockchain development firm Blockstream has expanded its satellite service and is now broadcasting the Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain to all of Earth’s major land masses, Forbes reported Dec. 17. The wider coverage — which comes via the addition of a fifth leased satellite — brings potential internet-free Bitcoin transactions and information sharing to crypto users in the Asia Pacific region. The satellite service, still in beta, had hitherto already been available across Africa, Europe, South and North America. Blockstream has also reportedly launched a new application programming interface (API), which allows…

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