Scaling New Peaks: A Viewership-centric Approach to Automated Content Curation [article]

Subhabrata Majumdar, Deirdre Paul, Eric Zavesky
2021 arXiv   pre-print
Summarizing video content is important for video streaming services to engage the user in a limited time span. To this end, current methods involve manual curation or using passive interest cues to annotate potential high-interest segments to form the basis of summarized videos, and are costly and unreliable. We propose a viewership-driven, automated method that accommodates a range of segment identification goals. Using satellite television viewership data as a source of ground truth for
more » ... interest, we apply statistical anomaly detection on a timeline of viewership metrics to identify 'seed' segments of high viewer interest. These segments are post-processed using empirical rules and several sources of content metadata, e.g. shot boundaries, adding in personalization aspects to produce the final highlights video. To demonstrate the flexibility of our approach, we present two case studies, on the United States Democratic Presidential Debate on 19th December 2019, and Wimbledon Women's Final 2019. We perform qualitative comparisons with their publicly available highlights, as well as early vs. late viewership comparisons for insights into possible media and social influence on viewing behavior.
arXiv:2108.04187v1 fatcat:vs6ent5l3jdyfjjxkdlsynkz2y