User interface guidelines for the control of interactive television systems via smart phone applications

Regina Bernhaupt, Michael M. Pirker

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There are a growing number of smart phone applications allowing the user to control their television, set-top box or other entertainment devices. The success of these applications is limited. Based on findings from media studies in Austria and France focusing on how people currently use their TV and iTV systems and associated devices, this article describes recommendations for the design of a smart phone application enabling users to control Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) systems including all connected entertainment devices. Recommendations include the need to allow users to control devices that are related to the IPTV experience (not only the set-top box or television set) and the focus on scenarios of usage like supporting listening to music, enjoying a movie or controlling the connected home. Based on similarities and differences found in the two samples, future smart phone applications for controlling TV will only succeed if they provide meaningful functionalities that satisfy the (varying) user needs, support personalisation and personal usage and respect the limitations of mobile phones with respect to possible parallel activities performed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)784-799
Number of pages16
JournalBehaviour & Information Technology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • control
  • IPTV
  • mobile telephone
  • smart phone application
  • usability
  • user interface guideline


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