Theta awarded 3rd U.S. Patent 10,979,467 for Decentralized Streaming

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Theta awarded 3rd U.S. Patent 10,979,467 for “Methods and Systems for Peer Discovery in a Decentralized Data Streaming and Delivery Network"

We’re pleased to announce that today Theta Labs was awarded a third U.S. Patent 10,979,467 for “Methods and Systems for Peer Discovery in a Decentralized Data Streaming and Delivery Network”. This groundbreaking innovation extends Theta’s previous U.S. patent 10,771,524 by introducing Viewer Nodes that leverage a superior Peer Discovery system to optimize decentralized video delivery. You can read the full patent here.

The patented Peer Discovery technology uses advanced algorithms to enhance the robustness and connectivity of the Theta peer-to-peer edge network, resulting in significantly improved video delivery quality. To achieve optimal node peering in a decentralized network, it takes a complex set of decision rules and machine learning to continually match peers that will best deliver video segments in real-time. Simply matching the two closest users is not enough — peers must be evaluated for their ISP/network operator, network condition, connectivity, available bandwidth, and more. Theta’s peer-to-peer logic looks at all of these factors and establishes a reputation score that determines the optimal peer each time they are available for relaying in as little as 2–5 second windows. For example, if you’re a Verizon user watching a livestream on a Theta-enabled network in San Francisco, you may not match with your next door neighbor with an unreliable AT&T connection — instead, the optimal peer could be a user 800 miles north in Seattle who also has a fast Verizon connection.

At a technical level, Theta Peer Discovery works by a node sending a peer list request to a smart tracker server for accessing one or more fragments of a requested data file, including a requested video file, its network location, and the geolocation of the viewer peer node. ...

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