A PROGRAM GUIDE HAVING A USER CUSTOMIZED CHANNEL WITH CONTENT THAT IS UPDATED ACCORDING TO THE USER'S PROFILE
Original Publication Date: 2000-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jan-16
Sony Technical Digest
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.