DLive Launches Android App to Bring Twitch-Style Streaming to Blockchain
DLive, the world’s first (and biggest) decentralized streaming platform has been seeing some impressive growth. Since launching about six months ago, the blockchain startup already has 500,000 monthly active users who tune into the platform to watch everything from Fortnite streams to DIY cooking shows. The viewers are generous too. So far they’ve paid a combined $2.6 million to the platform’s creators in just a few months.
Now the company is going mobile. DLive announced today that they’re launching an Android app on the company’swebsite.
“Blockchain has enormous potential to change how people stream and watch videos,” said Charles Wayn, CEO of DLive. “Today, the industry is dominated by a few massive companies who are incentivized to take money from their creators and push ads into content whenever possible. By decentralizing streaming, we can democratize video content while giving a better overall experience to viewers and creators. Creators on DLive also have a chance to find an audience and not get buried under millions of streamers, as with larger platforms.”
To be clear, the platform has some serious potential. Video streaming is a massive market opportunity that’s mostly owned by tech giants like Google and Amazon. By decentralizing video streaming, DLive says they will democratize video content, giving money back to the content creators. DLive does this by not taking a share of the creators’ revenues.
According to Wayn, people who are looking to break into streaming would do well to consider smaller platforms like DLive because the major streaming services are dominated by celebrities who attract a lion’s share of the eyeballs. On DLive, it’s still possible to find and build a strong viewership.
“DLive is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to get into streaming or find a supportive community,” saidPatrick Ulrich, who has been streaming on DLive for 5 months. “I never really planned on getting into streaming but I finally decided to join in some games with the friends I made on the platform. I couldn’t be happier that I did. Not only have I made lifetime friends, but I was able to finance a trip to the DLive meetup in NYC with the rewards I earned for my time here.”
Creators on the platform can earn STEEM tokens by getting their videos upvoted, receiving gifts from fans, and getting tokens from DLive directly. DLive has a dedicated team that monitors videos and pays creators directly who are putting out good videos.
“DLive has revolutionized streaming,” saidDavid ‘Tidy’ Wyatt, a streamer from England who has made over $8,000 worth of STEEM on DLive since January. “Coming from a site where earnings are directly linked to your view count, DLive rewards its users based on content. I have told many fellow partners about this site, and they are loving it so far too.”
There’s an upside to viewers as well. DLive does not currently show any ads on its platform and viewers can even earn tokens as well by doing things like making insightful comments, upvoting videos, or referring friends.
As the worlds of entertainment and blockchain continue to merge, blockchain startups like DLive will be integral to decentralizing entrenched industries.
DLive was founded in Cupertino by Charles Wayn and Cole Chen. The company currently has over 20 members who are located across four continents and 19 cities around the world. Their Android app isavailable for download now.
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