What Is A Personal Channel?
A Personal Channel can be thought of as an ordered list of personalized suggestions for video content discovery.
A personal channel is created by the user and can be centered around any specific item, such as:
- a certain topic, e.g. „Holiday destinations in Asia“
- a dedicated genre, e.g. „Science-Fiction“
- a favourite actor or actress, e.g. „Sandra Bullock“
- a popular television show, e.g. „The Simpsons“
Typically, a personal channel is created by using a seed program, selected from the electronic program guide (EPG) or from active viewing. Based on the seed program’s metadata, a filter is automatically created to recommend matching content.
To generate personalized recommendations, the Recommendation Engine applies the filter to a set of metadata. In a linear TV use case, the metadata set might be programs scheduled to run in the next seven days. For a nonlinear use case, it might be programs in a media library for which the viewer has the proper entitlements. The viewer can like or dislike these recommended items, which, in turn, further improves these personalized recommendations. Over a series of rating interactions, this process narrows down the recommendations generated to only programs that the viewer likes.