Personalizing the Experience of Watching Movies and TV Shows

Project developed as part of the course HCIN5200 – Software and User Interface Development (Fall 2016), Carleton University

TV5
Low-fidelity prototype of search screen of TV app

Abstract

Overly simplified interfaces in existing streaming services of TV shows and movies do not allow users to personalize their experience. To improve this, I proposed two different design approaches, based on a set of recognized design principles and patterns: one for tablet and another for television applications.

This study presents the rationale behind both alternatives, the developed prototypes and the explanation of their particularities. I also indicate questions I plan to address in usability tests and suggest future research directions.

Tablet Application

Low-fidelity prototype designed using Balsamiq:

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TV Application

Low-fidelity prototype designed using Balsamiq:

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Design Principles Considered

  • Anticipation:  Make relevant information, such as traillers, Rotten Tomatoes’ reviews and Academy Awards won available to the user before he/she needs it
  • Autonomy: Allow the customization of background and sequence of content lists on the initial screen
  • Consistency: Make it consistent with other apps from the same platform and operational system (OS)
  • Fitt’s law: Assure buttons are sufficiently big buttons to be activated by finger press on a touch screen