Netflix to Bring 'Max' Conversational Search Assistant to iPad [Video]
Netflix has announced 'Max', a conversational search assistant that helps you find movies to watch. Max is currently available on the PS3 and is coming soon to iPad.
Max, rumored to be the child of Siri and HAL 9000, asks a few questions about your mood or movie and TV show tastes to arrive at a suggestion, of course based on your tastes and taking advantage of the Netflix algorithms that predict what you'd enjoy watching. One of the experiences Max offers is called the "ratings game," where you pick a genre to fit your mood and then rate a few titles on the familiar Netflix five star scale.
Sometimes, when Max feels particularly confident, he will offer a fun, personalized suggestion after asking only one simple question. Here Max asks you to pick between two highly specific genres that are personalized and use the very detailed tags we have on all of the shows and movies that are available on Netflix. Other times, when intoxicated by past success, Max will get a little cocky and offer a suggestion right away, no questions required. The catch...this is a mystery suggestion and you’ll just have to press play and trust him.
Netflix says that if Max performs at the level he promises that they will make him available on the iPad next. Currently, Max is for U.S. customers only but you can checkout a demo video below...
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