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Community Update August/September 2018

Samuel Bryan • Sep 19 2018

Welcome to the August/September 2018 LBRY Community update! Beginning this month, we're breaking the Development and Community updates into two separate articles because they were becoming too long.

The next Development report will be posted towards the end of the month. Now, on with the show! Here's what we've been up to in August and early September.

In This Update:

To read all of our previous updates, please visit our Development and Community Update archive.

If you want to see a condensed view of what we have completed recently and what's planned for LBRY, check out our roadmap.

LBRY for Android launches!

LBRY on Android is LIVE in open beta! Click the link for details and the install page! #AndroidDev #MobileApp #streaming

— LBRY (we never give away ETH) (@LBRYio) September 19, 2018

We've passed a major milestone on our roadmap with the release of the LBRY mobile app to open beta! Get the app for Android here. For more details about other accomplishments, scroll down for full roadmap update.

Community Happenings

If you aren't part of our Discord community yet, join us anytime and say hello! Our community allows LBRYians to interact with the team directly and for us to engage users in order to grow the LBRY platform. Also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram, and Telegram.


TBA in October, Jhalandhar, India

Lovely Professional University, hosted its first LBRY meetup on September 15, an introduction to LBRY for all user levels. LPU will be holding a larger LBRY/blockchain event mid-October. For more information, Contact Clement Gerber at or by phone at 7982297653.

We made it, our @LBRYio meetup happened and we had quite a number of people showing interest in #LBRY Join the movement today, download the lbry app today. and join 1000s of #LBRYians @cryptobeaut @1Ghini

— Premium_Trends (Clement) (@Premium_Trends) September 15, 2018


Clement at LPU

October 6-7, VIT Vellore Hackathon:

LBRY is proud to be a Platinum sponsor of the VIT DevFest Hackathon in Vellore, India. Our very own Amit Tulshyan will be giving a presentation about LBRY, and several of our community volunteers will be on hand during the event. For more information, please see the Devfest website.

Devfest graphic

October 19-20, UNH Hackathon:

LBRY is partnering with the University of New Hampshire to present a hackathon for UNH students this fall! Prizes range up to $1000 worth of LBC. The hackathon is open to all UNH students and is designed to inspire students Register here. Community Grants and Updates

Got an idea to make LBRY better or get it in front of more people? We want to make your concept a reality! Head to, apply for a #grant today #blockchain #crypto

— LBRY (we never give away ETH) (@LBRYio) September 19, 2018

The is a pool of LBC Credits set aside for promoting community development on the LBRY protocol. The fund is open to anybody, and you can submit requests for your ideas using, developing, or promoting use of the LBRY protocol, We're proud to share some of the projects we've funded.

FONK World:

Our friends David Heath and Mike Little have been hard at work putting the final touches on an humorous animated video guide to LBRY called "FONKn' LBRY." The animation is intended to appeal to a larger audience and explain the workings of the LBRY protocol in a whimsical way.

FONK World

Matt Sokol's The Book Boutique

Musician and LBRY contributor Matt Sokol approached us with a unique request: he asked us to fund him to work on a special project using a custom Multisite installation to host beautifully typeset classical books. The first book he is working on is the classic, Siddhartha. Meanwhile, if you'd like to hear some of Matt's music, you can find it on the LBRY app: lbry://@heymattsokol.

Do you have an idea for a project using or promoting the LBRY Protocol? We may pay you to create your vision. Visit for details.

Roadmap Check-in

We've passed a major milestone on our roadmap with the release of the LBRY mobile app to open beta! We've also implemented wallet encryption inside the LBRY Desktop app and significantly improved content hosting - two more items checked off the list. We'll most likely need to shuffle around some of the other scheduled items based on new priorities and current workload, so stay tuned for an update in next month's community report.

LBRY is hiring!

Come join team Content Freedom! We have the following positions open: Blockchain Engineer, Protocol Engineer, and API Engineer. We'd love for you to join us, or if you have a friend you think would be interested, we pay a $5,000 bounty if we hire them.

Youtube Sync Updates

More than 150,000 videos have been uploaded to LBRY in the past month - if you're not on the only #decentralized, #freespeech network yet, what are you waiting for?

Download the all new LBRY Bradbury here
Sync your videos here

— LBRY (we never give away ETH) (@LBRYio) September 19, 2018

During the past month a lot of work was put in Youtube Sync to increase performance. After dealing with issues related to the quality of the streams and the tracking of our content we achieved another milestone by publishing another 100k videos. We are now close to 200k videos published through our YouTube synch program.

The current queue will add an additional 132k videos and 1500 channels. The system is now automatically syncing new channels and keeping all the previously synced channels up to date with the content posted on YouTube. Within 24 hours of publishing to youtube, a content creator will find their video on LBRY as well.

During the next month we expect to be clearing up the whole backlog, additionally all the UC Berkeley content will be restored on LBRY!

Want to develop on the LBRY protocol?

All of our code is open source and available on GitHub. Are you a developer and want to find out more? Check out our general contributing guide and our LBRY App specific contributing document. Please be patient with us while we improve our technical documentation. In the next few weeks we'll be releasing, a technical reference / guide website which will be developer and contributor focused to drive more apps and services on top of LBRY.

Back to Development Updates

Thanks for supporting LBRY - stay tuned for more news and updates! And if you haven't downloaded the LBRY app yet, what are you waiting for?

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