July 30, 2021
Google TV's Recommendation Improvement System Recording Skips as Likes

Google TV’s ‘Improve Your Recommendation’ Bug Causing Skips to be Recorded as Likes

Google TV’s “Improve Your Recommendations” page is broken and counts skipped titles as “Likes,” throwing off its user preference algorithms…

Google TV, the successor to the formerly branded Google Play Movies & TV, is the tech giant’s latest attempt to get into the streaming business. It sports a user-friendly interface, voice controls, and even has an integrated Google Assistant. Powered by a Chromecast dongle, it supports high definition, as well as 4K Ultra HD, for select titles. And, like other streaming options, comes with a “Like” and “Dislike” system to fine-tune content recommendations. But, the software is experiencing an unfavorable quirk.

Google TV’s Recommendation Improvement System Recording Skips as Likes

Google TV works much like Netflix, which allows viewers to give their input about movies and shows with a Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down choice. Obviously, the more viewers interact and provide their opinion on titles, the better the system becomes at recommending similar content. This helps to personalize the overall experience and offer title matches that are interesting to viewers.

Unfortunately, there’s a bug in the Google TV Improve Your Recommendation system. The glitch is mislabeling viewers’ input. When someone goes over to the Content Preferences menu, it displays three options: Less Like This, More Like This, and Skip. Rather than not count the Skip option, Google is instead recording all skipped titles as “Likes.”

What’s more, people can see the problem by going to this page. Not only should skipped titles be absent, but skipped recommendations shouldn’t be counted as likes.

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