Xotika & Friends Nominated for AW Awards

The annual AW Awards are approaching, and several XotikaTV personalities have been nominated in various categories.

You can cast your vote by visiting http://www.aw-awards.com/vote.

XotikaTV & Friends Nominated:

CAM GIRL OF THE YEAR – Royal Tiffany
FAN VOTE : BEST ENTERTAINER – Royal Tiffany
MOST ATTRACTIVE MODEL – Royal Tiffany
BEST LIVE CAM COUPLE – USDAOrganicSex (Chezza & Johan)
EMERGING CAM SITE – XotikaTV
MOST APPRECIATED COMPANY REPRESENTATIVE – John Carvalho
INNOVATIVE OR TECH COMPANY OF THE YEAR – XotikaTV

We appreciate all your support and look forward to an action-packed year!

Patch Notes: Xotika Update 1.01

A new update to the website has been deployed. Please visit Xotika.tv and perform a hard-refresh to be sure you’ve got the latest version loaded. (CTRL-F5, or CTRL-click the refresh button)

Odds & Ends

This update polishes a couple things in the new Tip Button and Chatbox Emoji Menu. We re-added the ability to click on usernames to paste them into the chatbox. We also made the Next Channel Popover disappear more easily after popping up.

Chatbox Message Recall

The chatbox will now store your last 10 messages, which you can recall by pressing the Up key, or Down, to cycle through your previous messages. The ordering is currently a little wonky, but will be fixed in the next update.

Patch Notes: Xotika Update 1.00

Today, we have deployed a new build of the software platform at Xotika.tv, as well as some other updates. This finally brings us to the official 1.00 version of the software!

Bitcoin Core 0.14

All Bitcoin nodes utilized in our system have been upgraded to Bitcoin Core 0.14, providing some performance improvements. We continue to support Core software and SegWit as a scaling option. As a small business, it is more practical for us to support keeping node operations as inexpensive as possible, and thus we cannot consider alternatives like Bitcoin Unlimited, as it would bring the cost of operation notably higher, and increase the centralization of Bitcoin.

We also recently increased the required confirmations for customer deposits from one confirmation to six. We know this is an inconvenience to customers, but we urge you to deposit early in preparation for watching and tipping your favorite entertainers. This change was made as a precaution to avoid doublespending risks in the current untrustworthy mining environment. Hopefully things clear up soon and we can reduce the confirmations required again.

As part of these Bitcoin upgrades, we have also started a fresh hot wallet, which means you should avoid depositing to any old addresses you may have used with us in the past.

New Tip Button

After the last update, where we removed some animations that were hogging browser resources, the Tip Button was left looking a bit indiscrete. So, we took the opportunity to polish it up and add a few extra features.

The new Tip Button has a popover feature with some preset tip amounts as buttons, as well as a new slider that allows you to set the tip amount without using a keyboard.

We’ll be monitoring use of the new button features and tweaking some aspects over the next updates.

New Emoji Menu

The chat box has been updated with a new emoji popover menu, allowing users to conveniently find and use a broad set of emoji while chatting. These emoji are separate from the reaction emoji you see, which remain in place.

This feature may show bugs with some characters & emoji, which we’ll fix in future updates where we add some other planned features to the chat box.

Video Overlay Bug Fix

This update also fixes a small bug that would occur when switching to the HTML5 player. Previously, a translucent overlay would bug over the video when switching. Now, it loads properly.

Please let us know if you find any bugs or have any feedback about these new updates!

Using Xotika.tv & Otika.tv As Platforms for Debate & Interaction in Bitcoin

Recently, Tone Vays helped provide a live stream of a “debate” between Roger Ver, of Bitcoin.com, and Johnny Dilley, Blockstream. Streaming it live, on Xotika.tv, allowed people to join together in our chatbox and comment to each other as things unfolded.

Watching an event live is a much different experience, and watching it with your fellow Bitcoiners while being able to interact with the broadcasters really ties it all together.

Some broadcasters use our platform to interact with viewers by having ask-me-anything segments in their shows, like Jason Seibert, on his legal show, I’m Not Your Lawyer. Some, like Bitcoin Uncensored, task the viewers in their chat room to fact-check for them while they broadcast from the field.

There is a lot of untapped potential for Bitcoin and the broader “blockchain” communities to use Xotika.tv or Otika.tv in these ways, and more.

On the recent episode of Bitcoin Uncensored, we included the chatbox into the video feed using Open Broadcaster Software (OBS). This will allow viewers to see the chat interactions with the hosts when they watch on YouTube or other platforms.

The audience chat log enables a streamer to receive real-time feedback on what the audience wants, and utilize to make more compelling dialogue.

This is our new tip button tool, coming very soon!

Our interface adds the ability to weight listener input in monetary terms, with Goals and Tipping features. This is a compelling use case for a streamer, as other streaming websites don’t have a frictionless way to do this. Viewers use tipping as a way to give feedback for content they like and appreciation for your efforts. We don’t force ads into the site, and we don’t even require registration to deposit and start tipping.

While we do provide both an “adult” platform at Xotika.tv, and a “SFW” alternative at Otika.tv, broadcasters should not be quick to dismiss Xotika.tv as an option. We have a lot more people making a home at Xotika because of its adult nature, and we welcome them with open arms.

“Because it’s an adult network, the audience can watch you, or go fuck themselves. Literally. There’s no rules.”
~Chris DeRose, Bitcoin Uncensored

Being a live platform, it transcends many of the spam problems with communicating on social platforms like Reddit or Twitter. You can’t buy downvotes on Xotika. You can’t buy followers and frustrate the community by drowning their content with noise and trolling. For people like Bitcoin Core and their supporters, an interactive livestream could really make it easy to educate the community, field their concerns, and debate alternative representatives.

Another great example would be the Bitcoin trading community. There are some great content makers and technical analysts that can monetize their time in new ways at Otika.tv by fielding questions from their audience about indicators and trading methods. Or, communities like Whalepool could simply stream their live feeds at Otika and utilize it as their own trollbox 🙂

Bitcoin, as a community, is still pretty small, but this community matters to us and we’d love to extend our family to include more of you. We’ve got people ready to help you set up, and a growing community of content makers working together to make great content.

 

 

 

Patch Notes: Xotika Update 0.9.9-r2

A new update to the website has been deployed. Please visit Xotika.tv and perform a hard-refresh to be sure you’ve got the latest version loaded. (CTRL-F5, or CTRL-click the refresh button)

This update includes some bug fixes & performance improvements. Next week we’ll deploy another update with a brand new tip button design, and some other cool stuff. Patch notes below…

Bug #1 – When registering an account, four words are disallowed in usernames: server, xotika, otika & guest

However, the user wasn’t given any error message when they attempted to use those words, leaving it unclear why their registration failed.

Solution: Added error messages to notify user when they are trying to register usernames with forbidden words.

Bug #2 – When switching between the Flash and HTML5 viewing modes, the video player lost some functions, displayed bugs, or disappeared entirely.

Solution: Cleaned up transition of video modes to close and open properly, removing some of the undesired behaviors.

Bug #3 – When registering an account, the form did not properly accept some special characters for common email addresses, like hyphens in domain names, “-“

Solution: Expanded the acceptable character set for email dresses to allow common special characters.

Bug #4 – Some users have issues with our website using an undesirable amount of resources from their computers. This is mainly due to some limitations we have in throttling repeating animations in our user interface.

Solution: We pinpointed and removed or optimized all animations to be static, instance-only, or limited to a few seconds. This should provide a noticeable reduction in system resources utilized when viewing our site.

Bug #5 – An error message displays repeatedly when typing disallowed characters into the Channel naming field.

Solution: Corrected error message to display once.

Bug #6 – Not a bug, but we added a link to our Telegram channel near the Community and FAQ buttons. Come say hello! https://t.me/XotikaTV

 

 

 

Update from Xotika HQ

Hello from Ro!

What’s up, party people?! This is John, reporting from XO Media headquarters. I recently moved out here to Romania to begin working directly with the team as we start implementing our plans for 2017. The food here is great, and meeting everyone has been awesome. The weather is cold, but not unbearable.

We started the month with several days of meetings to discuss and prioritize our plans and projects. We proceeded with the hiring process for a new front-end developer, who begins work later this week. He’ll be starting with some small bug fixes and optimizations.

Last weekend, we took a few days to relax in the mountains.

Private Shows, Coming Soon

One of the most frequently requested features we get from models & studios is for Private Show support. We’ve decided to add Private Show features into the current live version of the platform, hopefully within the next six weeks or so.

Private Shows will be a great new tool for models to utilize and a new way for our members to enjoy the site. The feature can be optionally enabled by any broadcaster, allowing users to request a Private Show. We’ll provide full details when it’s ready for release!

Static Website & User Profiles

After Private Shows are implemented, we intend to add a new static website area, which will include this blog, a new FAQ section, and a few other pages of content and resources. We’ll also work to include linkable profile pages for each user, which will display new statistics & achievements related to your activity at Xotika.tv. More to come…

Xotika.tv 2.0

A big part of our plan is to release a new version of our software platform, which will include new features, updates, optimizations, bug fixes, a new interface design, and a new brand for Xotika as a whole. We’re focusing on aspects that will give our broadcasters the most ability to monetize their content, as well as features that have been frequently requested.

Work is already progressing well on the new brand, and the design process for mocking up the new platform has also begun.

What About Content?

So far, I’ve mostly covered updates related to the software platform, but content is truly our lifeblood and we recognize that. We intend to synchronize our platform development work with parallel efforts to bring more content to Xotika.

We’ve identified that some of the types of broadcasters we’d like to have stream with us have a minimum expectation of features they still need us to provide to feel at home with us. This includes features like Private Shows, Channel Subscriptions, PPV Events, Video On Demand, and more. As we implement each new capability in the software, we will also make efforts to bring in new content makers that can make the most use of them.

That’s all for now! Look for more updates soon…

~BEL