Interesting service, Max. I have a completely different strategy: I don't have cable, so I am pretty much culturally illiterate when it comes to current seasons of anything. What I do is rent or buy past seasons of shows (as many as are available) and have been known to spend the entire weekend watching episode after episode of something like Breaking Bad.
That's a pretty cool idea Janine. I've been thinking about possible extensions that you could do with the "others who bought this also bought that" idea, and was wondering if you had any ideas about areas you could apply it to that would be useful on a fairly large scale? I was thinking books and movies might be neat categories to see that kind of insight, but i'm sure i'm missing others.
It would be great if this were integrated into something else where TV programs are actually served. I'm thinking of when you buy a book on Amazon (or anything else for that matter), all sorts of You might like... and Others who bought this bought that... If this were a window on say Hulu Plus or Netflix that would be really cool.
Hmm this is a very intriguing idea, thanks for mentioning Susan. I'll mention this to the team, definitely has my mind turning at the possibilities. I know that we're looking at movie recommendations next, but you could potentially expand the idea to a service that shows that when people like A they also like B.
Also thanks for all the other comments guys, and for stimulating the discussion Max, we really appreciate the feedback and seeing everyone's ideas.
Thanks for the tip on Televisor.com. I wonder if an equivalent tool exists for professional engineers looking for parts: if you like this board, tool, chip, try these other types (as recommended by your peers). Would it even be possible?
@Betajet: I remember watching The Prisoner with my dad -- I was only 10 when it started -- it still has a "certain something" about it ... now you've made me want to go back and watch that also ... arrgghhhh
My problem is that there were some great short-lived series I remember from decades ago that never made it to DVD, while there is so much dreck that has. Occasionally one does come out, such as Police Squad (1982, 6 episodes) several years ago and recently the delightful Fractured Flickers (1963-64, 26 episodes). But I have yet to see a DVD of the marvelous Empire (1984, 6 episodes), a comedy about boardroom shenanigans. It probably hit too close to home and the sponsors killed it. Similarly, Rafferty (1977, 13 episodes) starring Patrick McGoohan as an idealistic doctor. I'll also mention No Soap, Radio (1982, 5 episodes) which is hard to describe but was quite fun IIRC.
I wonder if you can get Captain Nice (1967, 15 episodes)? Nope, didn't think so.
Oh well, at least you can get The Prisoner (1967-68, 16 episodes). Be seeing you!
Thinking on... I think the two things that will prove to be key here are the intuitivity and ease-of-use of the interface coupled with the sophistication of the learning algorithms. If the system is easy to use and consistantly serves up good suggestions, users will kepp coming back for more...