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What is a Decentralized Media Streaming Platform?

The term decentralized has literally been everywhere, possibly twice or more by now. Decentralized networks, decentralized currencies, decentralized finance and other industries are being birthed regularly in today’s largely digital world.

As the popular term and concept continues its momentum through every public industry sector pretty much, it has managed to almost completely change the way all forms of content are distributed online. In order to get into exactly what decentralized content, and more specifically, what decentralized video content is and potential benefits as well as potential limitations offered, let’s first take a look at the term decentralization.

What is decentralization?

Decentralization refers to a system. A decentralized system is any private or open network which is operated without a centralized authority, third-party validator or system. So then a decentralized network describes any network which operates in this way – independent of third-party oversight.

Decentralized networks are simultaneously recognized as peer to peer, signifying that there are no intermediary entities which exist at any point between the senders and receivers of transactions on the network. Transactions can include payments, video or picture files, music, written documents or any other data that is sent through the digital blockchain environment.

What is Decentralized Video Content?

Decentralized video content is made up of existing video files which are housed and accessible on the decentralized internet, which is made up of decentralized servers which are not privately governed and manipulated. Decentralized video differs from centralized video in this way. The same video file which is processed on a centralized video platform can also be processed and therefore exist as a decentralized video, simply by being placed on a decentralized content distribution network.

Decentralized video content differs in how it is distributed to viewers and any other parties who may want to access it for any number of different reasons. The file can be MOV, MP4, like in the case of AuroraFS Web3Tube, or any other basic video file format. Once the video file is introduced to a Web3.0 based, fully decentralized network, like Web3Tube, then the transmission of that video file within the P2P cloud storage and distribution network, is what makes it “decentralized video content”.

What is a Decentralized Video Platform?

Since decentralization describes the method in which content is delivered, and not the content itself, a decentralized video platform is the actual mechanism whereby decentralization occurs. A decentralized video platform is one in which videos introduced to the platform are stored, shared, streamed or otherwise transmitted, on the peer to peer network.

When taking into consideration the ones which exist, decentralized video platforms tend to specialize in one or more aspects. Not all platforms enable seamless streaming for instance. Systems like IPFS and Ethereum’s Swarm technology both represent decentralized content networks which are more efficient as decentralized video platforms which offer potential benefits in decentralized data storage, but conversely are not the most ideal systems for real-time playback or video streaming.

Thanks to the AuroraFS underlying blockchain network, Web3Tube is able to offer commercial-grade efficiency in video storage as well as video streaming and sharing. Web3Tube combines interworking parallel technologies in order to give its platform users a seamless video uploading, sharing and streaming experience all on a fully decentralized content network, something that has not been accomplished prior to now.

What are some Advantages of Decentralized Video Streaming?

With the increased prevalence of decentralization and decentralized video content streaming, what exactly are the benefits of decentralized video streaming versus traditional instances, also referred to as centralized video storage and sharing?

What makes decentralized video sharing beneficial in the first place? Centralized video storage and sharing were around first so where did they leave off and decentralized pick up? Why all the talk about decentralized video storage and sharing being a better option for many, or everyone for that matter, depending on your source?

  • Decentralized video distribution is done at significantly lower costs than traditional streaming, due to the absence of third-parties and expensive transaction routes.
  • Decentralized video can be faster when achieved in a network like that of Web3Tube, which enables HD quality real-time playback.
  • Decentralized video is owned by the video creator and not the platform, which is a big advantage to individuals, influencers and content creators, as this is the meaning of private data ownership in Web3.0
  • Since creators own their data, they also choose how it is distributed and at what cost, if any. Networks like Web3Tube allow creators to charge crypto for access to more exclusive content.
  • Decentralized video can be enjoyed anonymously within the blockchain environment due to the permissionless nature of the network.

These are just a few of the broader, more recognized advantages of decentralized video storage and distribution. While comparisons may not be particularly necessary in all cases, in this one it could help provide an even clearer viewpoint to display some of the particulars about decentralized video alternatives like Web3Tube against the comparison of a well known centralized model.

Blockchain technology enables Decentralized YouTube Alternatives

The blockchain is the underlying technology which enables decentralization within any industry or business model. A blockchain is a publicly viewable digital ledger system which works like Bitcoin, Ethereum, AuroraFS or other independent blockchains – as a peer to peer network. To reiterate again, it is the foundational blockchain technology that makes any transmission decentralized or not.

A decentralized video platform must be supported by a blockchain infrastructure in order for it to be considered decentralized. Web3Tube utilizes the fundamental AuroraFS blockchain network in order to accomplish this feat of decentralization. Web3Tube is the first fully decentralized YouTube alternative, since no aspect of Web3Tube is supported by centralized systems. In some systems which claim to be fully decentralized there are usually one or more system functions which are conducted externally in some form of a centralized system, usually affecting how the content is ultimately delivered to the content requestors.

Web3Tube is fully decentralized through and through, and therefore a safer option, since content never has to bounce in or out of the secured blockchain environment. This ensures content stored, shared and streamed on Web3Tube is much less susceptible to being corrupted or intercepted by unauthorized users waiting for vulnerable access points to stored data.

As a decentralized YouTube alternative, the Web3Tube platform is designed and equipped to operate at commercial standard. Efficient, fast video playback is made possible by active components within the network. Enhancements like a modified Distributed Hash Table network scheme and ACO algorithm (Ant Colony Optimization) enhance data retrieval routes for video content being requested by contributors and viewers on the decentralized interface.

Summing up Decentralized Video Streaming

Decentralized video sharing and streaming are still new and rapidly evolving concepts in the global content distribution industry. Developments like Web3Tube are pushing the boundaries of video sharing and streaming, as commercial grade standards have been achieved for the first time by this development made possible by AuroraFS.

An important takeaway to remember is that the network which content is distributed on is what makes it decentralized or not. As advances and developments ensue, we can anticipate more rapid expansion, as is most often the case with new and developing industries and technologies. Video content streaming has been dominated until now, by traditional, centralized content networks like YouTube and Vimeo, but that’s because there were no alternatives that could compete with high quality function and system design until now.

Web3Tube user friendly and easy to use

With the prevalence of decentralization increasing as a whole, we can only anticipate the playing field to continue to level as Web3Tube and future innovations look to challenge the traditional models more and more.

AuroraFS developed the Web3Tube decentralized video content network over time, diligently perfecting its design and function through implementation by members of the public and other means. Since it is vailable in a packaged file format which anyone can access globally, downloadable Web3Tube is online for new adopters to learn and utilize the content network. Thanks to decentralization and blockchain technology leading the way forward, video and other forms of content streaming look to never be the same again.