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Channel Prioritization Based On Repetitive And Habitual Viewing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241468D
Publication Date: 2015-May-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 24K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a dynamic, interactive television programming system based on a user's repetitive viewing habits.

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Channel Prioritization Based On Repetitive And Habitual Viewing

Television service providers offer extensive viewing and planning options, from interactive guides to digital video recording (DVR) features. These options often make television viewing a premeditated event. As providers build more complexity into their services, viewing becomes more complicated, especially when the user has hundreds of available channels but regularly views only a fraction of them.

A user may select channel favorites to simplify or narrow channel selections, wherein the user sorts channels using a favorite button. However, this requires the user to manually input the desired channels and is a static list until the user modifies it. A user may also set timers and reminders for desired programs, but again, this is a manual process. Some users scroll through the channels with a remote control device to find a show to watch (i.e. channel surfing).

A system is herein disclosed for utilizing a television user's repetitive viewing habits to

dynamically, interactively program a television system. The disclosed system stores viewing habit information responsive to the time a user watches a certain show and the content of the show. During a subsequent viewing session, the system presents the stored information to the user, simplifying viewing options and reflecting the viewer's habitual preferences, thus improving the user's viewing experience.

According to the disclosed system, a viewer logs on to the system. Responsive to the viewer changing channels and watching a show for a certain duration, the system determines that the show is of interest and stores certain attributes of the channel for future reference. The system extends beyond the simplistic concept of assuming that by watching the "Animal Channel" the viewer is interested in animals. The system may use techniques such as noting time of day, video capturing, closed caption text, show description, and duration of program to establish a preference for the viewer that then serves as a basis of generating a dynamic channel list (based on viewing session) for the viewer. The more the viewer watches, the more information the system gathers and the more the channel selection list grows.

The next time the viewer logs onto the system, a list of channels is provided based on individual repetitive patterns of previous viewing. The order of listed channels is based on the...