YouTube’s LeanBack Adds Personalized Channels

Posted by at 5:21 am on December 3, 2010

The Leanback project at YouTube, which creates a TV-like fullscreen, high-definition, non-stop playback of videos subscribed to or created by the user, has added the ability to create “channels” based on particular interests or keywords.

The system works based on your likes or interests to cause the “channel” to automatically select new content the viewer is likely to enjoy. “For instance, if you create a -˜fail’ channel, it will start out showing the best fail videos we can find, and then gradually start branching out to pranks, funny commercials and other related topics,” product manager Christine Ilvento and software engineer Ben Liebald wrote on the YouTube blog. “It will also adjust itself based on how you interact with the videos shown, and get better the more you watch and interact with them.”

The new channel feature is described as being in the “early stages” and lacks fine controls, but does include a few preset offerings like “Comedy” and “Best of YouTube” along with the user’s own managed feed. YouTube asks users to sign in to their account, experiment with the feature and leave feedback on the YouTube forums. The feature requires Flash to function a this time.

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