THETA and TFUEL, the governance and operational tokens of Theta Network protocol (developed by Theta Labs), which is designed to address the problems with existing solutions for live video streaming. Both of these cryptoassets have experienced tremendous price appreciation in 2020.
Theta's solution is decentralized peer-to-peer (P2P) video delivery powered by its own native blockchain (which uses Multi-BFT Consensus), which in turn is powered by the users. As you watch your favorite live video streamers, or when you are not using your computer, Theta uses your spare upload bandwidth to relay streams to other users in your local area, and rewards you with TFUEL tokens.
The Theta mainnet was launched on 15 March 2019, but it was back on 14 February 2019 when Theta Labs explained via a blog post the difference between Theta Token (THETA) and Theta Fuel (TFUEL) token:
Theta Labs said that THETA is the governance token of Theta protocol, and that it is used "to stake as a Validator or Guardian node, contributing to block production and the protocol governance of the Theta Network." Users earn "earn a proportional amount of the new TFUEL generated" by "staking and running a node." THETA has a fixed maximum supply of one billion.
As for TFUEL, it is the operational token of Theta protocol. TFUEL "powers on-chain operations like payments to relayers for sharing a video stream, or for deploying or interacting with smart contracts," and it is earned by relayers "for every video stream they relay to other users on the network."
Both THETA and TFUEL are native tokens of the Theta blockchain.
These two cryptoassets have been two of the best-performing cryptoassets in 2020 as the two TradingView price charts (for the year-to-date period) below illustrate:
The THETA price has gone up over 437% against USD (to reach $0.468) in the YTD period. As for the TFUEL price, it has increased over 630% to $0.0146.
THETA and TFUEL are currently ranked #27 and #93 by reported market cap.
There are three reasons for such amazing price appreciation in 2020:
- Rapid growth in the number of users of decentralized video streaming platform Theta.TV due to multiple new partnership deals (such as with Samsung and NASA) and the growing demand for entertainment from all the people forced to stay at home due to lockdown measures introduced as the result of the current COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, Theta.TV has been hosting several important virtual blockchain conferences in the past few weeks, most notably Coindesk's Consensus: Distributed conference.
- The upcoming launch of version 2 of the Theta Mainnet (this is expected to go live around 22:00 UTC on May 27).
Interestingly, the day for Theta's network upgrade (which is supported by Binance) coincides with the day on which NASA and Elon Musk's SpaceX are launching the Falcon 9 rocket:
Tune in tomorrow for the @SpaceX @NASA Falcon 9 launch livestream on https://t.co/zqAG4ZrE1o! Thanks for the RT @NASA #LaunchAmerica. P.S. @elonmusk did you plan this for same day as Mainnet 2.0 launch?? https://t.co/vXbBDOAL5o— Theta Network (@Theta_Network) May 26, 2020
Update at 13:40 UTC on May 27:
According to a report by Coindesk, Google is "teaming up with Theta Labs in a move meant to help the video delivery network onboard users through Google Cloud." The report goes on to say that Google will "become the protocol’s fifth external validator node, staking 5 million THETA tokens (worth about $2.4 million at a press-time price of $0.48 each) on the network."
Theta Labs CEO Mitch Liu is hoping for further collaborations with Google:
“YouTube is particularly interesting because they utilize mostly internally-developed technology for video delivery and streaming, which makes experimentation a lot easier without having to rely on external platforms like Akamai or AWS."
The announcement seems to have given THETA token's price another push, as you can see from the 24-hour THETA-USD price chart (from CryptoCompare) shown below:
Featured Image Courtesy of Theta Labs