Yosi Glick's blog

BITE OF SUPER SEARCH ME!: Recommendations Evolve

Recommendations are a time-tested, familiar way of spurring consumption. Amazon recognized the power of recommendation early on with its ‘People who bought x also bought y” suggestions. But we can no longer live by recommendations alone. The full entertainment discovery experience is evolving to include search and browse. This multi-pronged approach allows for a comprehensive experience that reflects the natural way than people think, feel and communicate about entertainment. The robustness of the feature set...

Amazon’s Emmy a Huge Win for Semantic Discovery

Earlier this week the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced they will be giving Amazon Instant Video a technology & engineering Emmy award for its personalized recommendation algorithms. This is nice honor for the e-commerce giant, but the implications for the video industry are actually much deeper. The basis for awarding the honor was likely the historical impact that Amazon’s early item-to-item collaborative filtering algorithms, but the company may be soon heading toward...

Bite of Super Search Me!: Got VOD Rage?

Do you suffer from VOD rage? You know what I’m talking about, you sit down on your comfortable couch and want to find a great movie, so you click on the VOD guide. Now the fun begins… Most likely your VOD catalog is organized by genre; comedy, drama, action, etc. You click on ‘comedy’ and start scrolling. You scroll and scroll, but nothing jumps out of the endless list and yells “You’re gonna love me!!”...

Bite of Super Search Me!: Designing Video Guides

Are all video guides destined to look the same? A review of the guides in market gives the impression that the design is etched in stone – a law of nature. It’s true that the TV guide has survived decades without undergoing any serious innovation. The real culprit behind this UX stagnation is the underlying data that powers the guide. If all designers have is the same old generic metadata, they have no choice but...

Bite of Super Search Me!: The EPG

Did you ever notice that all EPGs look pretty much the same? Besides the logo that appears in the corner, all on screen programming guides are basically clones. Over and over again we see the same basic grid layout; time and channel axes populated with program titles or images. It’s basically a glorified spreadsheet. As much as I love Excel, it’s not the experience I’m in the mood for when I watch TV. Excel is...

Bite of Super Search Me!: Social TV

In this session, we will discuss the evolving social trends and the effects they have on our decision-making process when it comes to content selection. Who should we trust when it comes to recommendations? Who are the most reliable "social" connections we can turn to for relevant opinions? Perhaps the popular concept of having everything "social" is not the answer for every aspect of our lives – does the future of everything truly lie in...

Bite of Super Search Me!: What's Wrong with User Profiles?

User profiles are ubiquitously used as a basis for making personalized recommendations to users. The idea is right on - dynamically generate an endless feed of content that has been hand-picked for the user. This way she will always have an endless flow of great content she will enjoy. Sound good, right? The problem is in the application. Most providers only offer one, generalized 'bucket list' of recommendations for each household or account. But finding...