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What do you want to watch? Smart shared watching. Disclosure Number: IPCOM000250534D
Publication Date: 2017-Jul-28
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What do You Want to Watch? Smart Shared Watching


Disclosed is a smart shared watching system that identifies users in proximity to a media device, analyzes preferences and criteria, reviews available content, and then automatically outputs a list of viewing options that are satisfactory and appropriate for all users.

A group of people or a family often have difficulty deciding what television show to watch together. Each person preferences, some also have restrictions (e.g., children should not watch violence, etc.).

Current systems related to personalized movie watching do not consider that often a whole family is watching at the same time and everyone has to agree on the selection. Another system has a feature that uses regional viewing trends and an individual user's preferences to offer tailored entertainment recommendations categorized by genre. This is for individual users and does not take into consideration that there are multiple users in the room at the time, each with unique preferences.

A method or system is needed to determine, in a smart way, the most appropriate viewing choice(s) given the needs of the collective audience.

The novel solution is a smart shared watching system. The system identifies all the people that are in the room with a given media player (e.g., television, audio player, etc.) and reviews the preferences and requirements for everyone present. The preferences for some users are more important than those of others, and might be more heavily weighted. In addition to the stated/known preferences of each of the observed users, the system also considers additional user-specific criteria when determining what content to watch, such as time-constraints (e.g., children go to bed earlier than adults, so children’s content should be more strongly weighted when it is available and children are present). The system identifies the common interests along with the other criteria and then reviews the viewing options (e.g., on-demand, recorded, live shows, etc.). The output is a list of show(s) that are appropriate for everyone present.

Figure: High-level process flow


The system performs recognition of the specific persons in proximity of screen using any of the following:

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