CustomTV: Creating TV Your Way
With more and more channels on TV, the integration of internet
content and better tools to create and distribute video, the television
industry (and entertainment in general) is undergoing disruptive changes.
At HP Labs we began developing CustomTV -- a system that integrates broadband and internet content, supports DVR capabilities (pause, time-shifting, easy recording), but uses a channel-model to navigate the content.
That means, instead of the network deciding what is on a channel, you do. You create custom channels that can be aligned with particular content (e.g. news) or style (morning shows versus evening shows).
This work was featured by our HP CEO at both the CES and the NAB conferences.
James Rowson, Rich Gossweiler, Kurt MacDonald, Phiz: Discovering TVs Long Tail through a Channel-Centric Model, 3rd European Conference on Interactive Television (EuroITV 2005), 30 March 2005, Aalborg University, Denmark.
I began exploring the integration of social-based technology and this new form of television. This examination covered topics such as how traditional social relationships and television change given television's increasing ubiquity and interaction capabilities (e.g. sharing tv recommendations). This exploration includes recommendation, active search, sharing and discovery.
I am also exploring personalTV -- think of TV that you carry with you like an iPod or cell phone. Maybe a little bit larger for viewing the screen. It helps you watch, create and share video clips.