Unity Set Top Box & Streaming Video On Demand UI
Rethinking and Redesigning for Today’s cable and Streaming Video on Demand Customers
What if you could re-think the cable industry and design for how people really consume content?
What we used to call “TV” is morphing into something else
We are no longer limited to a single TV in each home. Today – users are accessing media content everywhere. At Arris we have been asking our customers many questions about their needs, where they feel their current cable operator or existing UI is missing the mark. What we have come up with have been interesting challenges and exciting solutions.
Customers complain, we listen!
“I don’t know about you but one thing that really irks me about traditional VOD streaming services is how long it takes to get back to the main menu when you have scrolled many categories deep on the page.” To address this Unity introduces the concept of a sticky menu that pops up top in the UI no matter where you are on a single “Menu” button keypress.
Access content without having to scroll back up to the top by clicking menu anywhere in the UI. A user will navigate to the main menu by clicking the menu button on their remote. This can be done anywhere in the UI. In this example the user is watching live TV but wants to navigate to a OnDemand to watch something else.
An Interesting Challenge Along the Way
The keyboard was an interesting problem we had in this search design when we accounted for grouped assets and multiple asset sizes, which can happen for a few of our cable operators. Legacy artwork is portrait orientation, newer catalogs are starting to offer multiple sizes such as landscape and portrait. We found that when combining asset sizes in row and auto setting height with grouped assets called out with a stacked graphic the UI was pushing our keyboard below the view safe content area.
We had to re-design and re-configure this page a multitude of times offering different keyboard layouts and asset sizes to accommodate for a few edge cases, in this case our edge case was our largest customer base.