Content recommendations on OTT platforms – analytics and Machine Learning

The way we consume entertainment has drastically changed. Over-the-top (OTT) platforms offer plenty of content at our fingertips. However, it’s hard to find something interesting to watch in the evening or Saturday morning. An ever-expanding library of movies, TV shows, and documentaries do not seem to be enough. It is overwhelming and frustrating. How can we change this and engage the users? 

This is where data analytics comes on the stage, enhancing user experiences by providing personalized content recommendations. In this article, we will delve into the world of data analytics and its significance in content recommendation on OTT platforms.

Understanding OTT Platforms

OTT platforms are online streaming services revolutionizing entertainment. They bring content directly to viewers over the internet, bypassing traditional cable providers. Their appeal lies in convenience, affordability, and a diverse content library. Services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ have become household names, exemplifying OTT’s transformative impact.

Delivering Personalized Recommendations

To ensure users discover content they love, analytics is key. Recommendation engines, empowered by machine learning, predict what users will enjoy based on past choices and preferences. Learning-to-rank techniques further refine recommendations, considering factors like genre, actors, and previous viewing behavior. The goal is to boost user engagement and satisfaction.

Matrix Factorization for personalization

Matrix factorization techniques (MF) play a crucial role in content recommendations on OTT platforms. These techniques involve breaking down a large matrix of user-item interactions into smaller matrices that represent user and item preferences. By doing this, the system can understand the patterns and relationships between users and items, and make recommendations based on individual preferences.

Scalability: MF can handle large-scale datasets efficiently, making them suitable for OTT platforms with millions of users and items.

Personalization: By capturing user and item latent factors, matrix factorization techniques can provide personalized recommendations based on individual preferences and behavior.

Cold-start problem: MF can address the cold-start problem, where new users or items have limited or no interaction data. By leveraging the latent factors, these techniques can make reasonable recommendations even with sparse data.

Serendipity: MF techniques can uncover hidden relationships and recommend items that users may not have discovered on their own.

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Respecting User Choice

Users should never feel forced to watch content. Avoid labeling new releases as “selected for you”. Instead, offer opt-out options, allowing users to control the content they see. Respect user preferences to create a more enjoyable experience.

Metrics for improved UX on OTT platforms

Utilizing specific metrics can fine-tune User Experience:

Plays: Indicates popularity and engagement.

Concurrent viewers: Shows real-time popularity.

Total hours watched: Highlights viewer engagement.

Average view time: Identifies viewer interests.

Video bitrate: Prioritizes higher-quality streams for a better experience.

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In Conclusion

Data analytics shapes a personalized and engaging OTT experience. Continuous innovation in the dynamic OTT industry ensures content recommendations align with user expectations and preferences.


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