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A PROGRAM GUIDE HAVING A USER CUSTOMIZED CHANNEL WITH CONTENT THAT IS UPDATED ACCORDING TO THE USER'S PROFILE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021372D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jan-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 20K

Publishing Venue

Sony Technical Digest

Related People

Peter Shintani: INVENTOR

Abstract

This invention entails a program guide that allows a user to customize an EPG that displays dated channel content and updated information conforming with preferences in the user's profile. For an EPG to be of any value, it must be able to succinctly present a palette of programs that are desirable to the individual viewer. For current EPGs to present a personalized selection of programs, the user must dedicate a large amount of effort in changing the settings of the EPG. This invention describes an intelligent EPG that will automatically generate a palette of suitable programs based on an analysis of the user's viewing choices. Keywords such as title names, actors' names, program theme, program category, and other more customizable elements can be used to generate a profile. To facilitate the generation and maintenance of an accurate profile, a menu-driven survey of the user can be expected.

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Sony Technical Digest, Volume 3, November 2000, ISSN 1521-5180

A PROGRAM GUIDE HAVING A USER CUSTOMIZED CHANNEL WITH CONTENT THAT IS UPDATED ACCORDING TO THE USER'S PROFILE

Invention by: Peter Shintani

This invention entails a program guide that allows a user to customize an EPG that displays dated channel content and updated information conforming with preferences in the user's profile. For an EPG to be of any value, it must be able to succinctly present a palette of programs that are desirable to the individual viewer. For current EPGs to present a personalized selection of programs, the user must dedicate a large amount of effort in changing the settings of the EPG. This invention describes an intelligent EPG that will automatically generate a palette of suitable programs based on an analysis of the user's viewing choices. Keywords such as title names, actors' names, program theme, program category, and other more customizable elements can be used to generate a profile. To facilitate the generation and maintenance of an accurate profile, a menu-driven survey of the user can be expected.

An alternate method of customizing the EPG would find the user specifying URL's from which preferable program lists can be downloaded. Another future development that this invention could experience is the actual recording of programs that match the user's preferences. For example, as the user profile adapts, the customizable EPG technology could retain low resolution copies of previously...