A couple months ago, it became clear that rising ETH transaction fees were making it difficult for high-performing node operators on the Livepeer network — those who reliably transcode video in real-time or faster with high availability — to cost-effectively make the daily reward calls on the network required to…


One of the trickiest challenges in decentralized computing is the verification problem. How can you trust that the work performed by an anonymous server somewhere across the globe was done correctly? This affects all sorts of computer networks performing all kinds of tasks, ranging from 3D rendering, to data stream…


As the number of minutes of live video streamed through the Livepeer network has increased to millions of minutes per week, and the associated fees paid into the network have risen accordingly, there has been a flurry of activity amongst existing and new node operators to compete to earn their…


In 2017 and 2018 the initial Livepeer project roadmap was laid out, largely through two posts: the Livepeer Network Phases which communicated a series of protocol upgrade milestones, and Livepeer’s Path to Decentralization which shared a vision for progressive decentralization across network stake, technology, and governance. Here we are years…


Minutes of video per week streamed into the Livepeer network for processing

One of the challenges that open protocols built on blockchain technologies face are how to best demonstrate their usage and adoption. Projects are often compared by abstract concepts like number of transactions, total value locked, amount staked, number of token holders, or even token price — all of which allow…


One of the core value propositions of decentralized technologies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum is often stated as censorship resistance. Some have gone so far as to say that it’s the only value proposition that matters and determines whether a decentralized system can be advantageous relative to a centralized one…


Livepeer’s video streaming infrastructure requires a global network of node operators contributing their compute and bandwidth to video encoding tasks. A grant proposal was recently approved to run an experimental bonus LPT incentive program that rewards node operators who perform well on the performance leaderboard. It’s targeting node operators running…


The Livepeer explorer now includes a performance leaderboard for node operators. Check it out, and learn more about it in this post and the FAQ.

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One of the most critical things for the Livepeer community to address in the coming months is to ensure that there’s better alignment…


A little over four years ago Eric Tang and I began diving deeply into the world of blockchain enabled technologies, and were inspired by the web3 vision of a more decentralized, user-sovereign internet infrastructure. We published many of our early ideas and open source development work at dappbench.com, …


Today we are excited to showcase a web3 application called File.video, which aims to provide decentralized video hosting for everyone.

The functionality of this app is simple but powerful. Users can choose a video file to upload, and they’ll receive back a playback URL from which the video can be…

Doug Petkanics

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

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