An Experiment in Social TV for Automating Content Sharing via Social Networks
This paper presents an overview of prototypes built in order to enable users to share content across a social network such as Twitter in an automated fashion. Currently, it is a laborious process to manually extract the information needed to refer to a programme being viewed on a connected TV unambiguously in order to construct a short tweet or post on a mobile device. This process is made more complex if the user wants to refer to a specific part of the programme. Our prototypes use the Universal Control API to extract information about what programme a user is watching on their connected television. The extracted information is then used to automatically 'pull‘ programme-relevant content to a companion device such as a mobile phone, tablet or laptop. The user can then choose to share the online content on social networks. Conversely, the user can look-up a programme online and then 'push‘ relevant information to the connected television in order to tune it to the right channel.
Summary blog post on CHI 2013 workshop on Exploring and Enhancing the User Experience for Television (TVUX)
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