[mythtv-users] Cornucopia of the Commons

Dean Collins Dean at collins.net.pr
Wed Aug 10 22:06:37 UTC 2005

Hi Michael,

Yep, I have already posted several times about how I would like to fund
some type of imdb style rating /review system just for myth tv users
with no reply.






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[mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Michael Tiller
Sent: Wednesday, 10 August 2005 5:56 PM
To: Discussion about mythtv
Subject: [mythtv-users] Cornucopia of the Commons


I was sitting around contemplating my MythTV setup the other day and it
occurred to me that with the number of deployed MythTV boxes, there
should be some really interesting "social" possibilities.  Perhaps this
has already been discussed, but it seems to me that the open nature of
MythTV would make these relatively easy to add.

The specific case I was thinking about was what to watch on TV.  TiVo
has its suggestions capability and I do miss that.  But MythTV could do
much better.  Instead of looking at my viewing habits and trying to
guess what I'd like, what if you looked at my viewing habits and then
compared them with viewing habits of other MythTV owners?  If you were
somehow able to compile all the viewing information (in an opt-in,
privacy friendly way of course), then you could pretty easily identify
patterns.  So if I record "Law & Order" and "Numb3rs" and it notices
that most people who record those shows also record "The Closer" then it
would point that out to me.

This could be just like the online commerce approach of "people who
bought this also bought...".

This kind of capability wouldn't just have to rely on past data, it
could see into the future.  It could recognize patterns in what people
with similar interests will record in the future.

I wonder if commercial identification could work in a similar
way...combining information about what the various commercial
identifying algorithms identified along with information about what
parts of a program people fast-forwarded or skipped through to create a
nearly definitive map of a broadcast (of course, this requires that time
pass and some people have already watched the episode, but I'm just
brainstorming here).

As I said, perhaps this has been discussed before, I don't know.  I
thought it was an interesting idea and reflects many trends in how
social data is being handled (e.g. http://del.icio.us).

If I had the time, I'd probably try and implement something myself.  But
being overcommitted already with other obligations, I'm afraid I have
little to offer such a project except perhaps some ideas, user feedback
and encouragement. :-(


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