Patent published on October 10, 2023

DISH's New Patent Might Make TV Searches Simpler for Kids

In the bustling era of digital television, we've come upon a unique issue: conquering the complex task of finding the right content, especially for kids. Today's trove of TV programs and online streaming services have certainly given viewers a plethora of choices, but with this abundance, certain challenges arise. If our youngest viewers, for instance, search for "dog" on the browser, they might come face-to-face with a vast wave of content that's not suitable for their age. DISH Network, addressing this very problem, recently obtained a patent (US11785309B2) that could potentially revolutionize content discovery for kids.

Imagine the ease and relief for parents if their child's search for "dog" turned up age-appropriate content like “Paw Patrol” instead of something too intricate or mature for them. Currently, hunting down the exact content that's right for kids poses a challenge especially for parents who are not familiar with it. Young children may not describe what they want to watch accurately, and often the content they seek isn’t the most popular, necessitating tiresome scrolling or specific searches.

DISH's patent proposes a straightforward solution to this predicament. The new technique takes into account the viewer's age along with their search habits and viewing history. Simply put, it adjusts the search selection to bring up more 'recently watched' or 'age-stated' content at the top of the search. Let's assume a six-year-old is looking for something to watch. The search engine, using the innovative technique, will provide suitable selections like something they enjoyed recently or another show suitable for their age range.

Now picture the television landscape with this issue resolved. A world where search results are personalized based on age could be immensely helpful, not just for children but for all age groups. Adults won't have to deal with the confusion of sifting through a baffling array of children's programs when they search for their favorite crime drama. Moreover, the elderly looking for golden oldies won't have to navigate through a jungle of teen dramas. Keeping in mind each viewer's preferences and search habits, this technological advance could make television viewing a seamless, tailored experience.

Patents like DISH's recent filing hold the potential to redefine our daily habits. If incorporated into the existing DISH Hopper DVR technology stack, this patented idea may pave the way to a dynamic shift in how we search for and view content.

P.S. While this patent underlines an exciting possibility, it's important to note it is just that – a possibility. As is the nature of all patents, we can't be certain if, or when, this feature will launch in the market. The patent stands as a promising step towards a future of personalized television, yet its implementation and market appearance remain to be seen.

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