CCW 4/15/2022: Get better recommendations

This week on TechHive: Bending streaming algorithms to your will

A joint user profile in Netflix

Big streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime would like you to believe that their algorithms know best, serving up the perfect recommendations and sparing you from having to click through endless menus.

In reality, these systems have blind spots. They don’t accommodate for whatever mood you happen to be in, or for whoever else might be watching TV with you. And the more personalized their recommendations become, the more you risk getting caught in a filter bubble with limited exposure to movies and TV shows outside your usual wheelhouse.

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