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Tele-viewing Social Network Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199817D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

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A method and system for forming a social network among Internet Protocol television (IPTV) viewers to enhance IPTV viewing is disclosed. The social network of IPTV viewers is formed by creating a buddy list. The method and system enables viewers to share program viewing status and program reminders with other viewers on the buddy list. Further, viewers may communicate with each other through a two-person or a multi-person chat.

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Tele-viewing Social Network

Disclosed is a method and system for forming a social network to enhance Internet Protocol television (IPTV) viewing. The method includes forming the social network by searching registered viewers to create a buddy list. The formation of the social network, including searching registered viewers and creating the buddy list may be performed directly by using an IPTV.

IPTV includes a provision of a backchannel from the IPTV set to a service provider. The provision of the backchannel enables viewers of IPTV to interact with a central server operated by the service provider. The interaction with the service provider through the IPTV facilitates formation of a social network.

The viewers register with the social network by creating an identifier (ID) that helps in maintaining viewer information. The viewer information includes name, phone numbers, e-mail IDs, etc corresponding to the viewer. Subsequent to registering, viewers may create a buddy list. The creation of the buddy list may be based on a two way hand-shake protocol. The buddy list may be created by searching and identifying other registered viewers in the social network. The viewers may search for other registered viewers by name. Alternatively, the buddy list may be automatically created if the viewer subscribes to a multi-play service provider. In this case, based on the viewer's social network in the phone domain, registered viewers are added to the buddy list. Additionally, the buddy list of a viewer may also be created based on the viewer's calling pattern. The system uses the information of the viewer's calling pattern to identify and include registered viewers in the viewer's buddy list. Further, recommendations may be provided to the identified registered viewers. For example, the calling patterns of a viewer X may indicate frequent calls to another viewer Y during nights. Based on viewer X's viewing pattern, the system provides recommendations to viewer Y. Subsequent to creating the buddy list, the system automatically organizes the buddy list into groups based on a social network in phone domain.

After creation of a group on the buddy list, the viewers may choose to share the IPTV viewing status wi...