Functionally, television content delivery has remained largely unchanged since the introduction of television networks. NeXtream explores an experience where the role of the corporate network is replaced by a social network. User interests, communities, and peers are leveraged to determine the television content, combining sequences of short videos to create a set of channels customized to each user. This project creates an interface to explore television socially, connecting a user with a community through content, with varying levels of interactivity: from passively consuming a series, to actively crafting one's own television and social experience.
NeXtream allows users to interact with their social network while watching video clips on a separate device (e.g., Television), with contextual relevance.
NeXtream leverages existing social networks and content sources to retrieve and determine content to show to each user. The NeXtream database holds user information that is shared back to social networks, as well as delivered to each user's iPhone and television set. This system allows for mirrored content on multiple devices. The server architecture is based on an HTTP server running PHP to handle requests from the Apple TV and the iPhone, and a MySQL server to manage video URLs, "favorited" clip data, and individual user ratings