Xbox Video lets you search by plot and mood

Finding shows and movies to watch on Xbox Video is set to become much more intuitive thanks to a new partnership announced this morning. Entertainment search engine Jinni will add new methods of finding programs based on viewing history and mood to Microsoft's entertainment system.

Jinni lets users search not just by title or genre, but by "movie genome" elements like plot, mood, cast, and more. For instance, a search for "Kids Playing" yields Toy Story 3 and Up, whereas a search for "Kid 'n Play" yields House Party 1 through 3.

Combining Jinni's means of finding videos with Xbox Video's existing library and voice search features will make the service more user-friendly than ever before, Xbox General Manager Dave Alles said in a press release.

“Our goal is to make it effortless to get you to entertainment you’ll truly love," Alles said. " Pairing Jinni’s Entertainment Genome with other key advances such as Conversational Understanding, makes finding something to watch on Xbox as fun as watching it.”


  • Eightboll812 - September 6, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    I suppose it is also smart enough to know when I'm conducting a literal search by movie title and not a search by genome? If I put in "Playing God", will it return the movie itself by that name, will it return the likes of Bruce Almighty, or will it return a bunch WWII historical documentaries like World at War and propaganda films like Triumph of the Will? Or all of the above in one "convenient" list so I have to tell the Xbone to "go down" 20 times to actually find what I am looking for. Or will the Xbone correctly interpret my command to "go down"...... The problem with conversational interpreters is they aren't that good at interpreting regular conversation. You have to conversationally tell it what you really mean before it conversationally gets it, and that wastes time, not saves it. Where things like this really get in the way is when you know what you are looking for and it's "interpreting" it instead of treating it literal. I can see some niche use of this, but not every time I'm looking for something. What I don't get is why MS doesn't just use a modified form of Bing for this. Why the need to partner?
  • SpadesSlick - September 6, 2013 6:54 a.m.

    Kinect integration for this will be interesting to say the least. "Xbox can't let you watch that movie, Xbox has detected it would only make you sadder. Xbox wants you to be happy; happy with Xbox now and forever."

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