Allow individual users to quickly configure the user interface according to their needs and preference


A number of people accessing television in a communal setting, such as within a family, may have different needs. They may require different user interface configurations, different content access services (interlingual subtitles, audio description or sign language interpreting), etc. For example, one family member may require a larger sized text and a different colour scheme within the EPG. Another with a moderate hearing loss may require subtitles. None of these features may be needed by other family members. The equipment may provide various options for configuring these aspects, but configuring them all may take a long time. It would therefore be useful if an individual person could save their preferred settings and reinstate them all in one go. This would allow easy switching between the needs of different individuals.

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Allow users to store their preferred settings in profiles

Functionality should be provided for creating or updating user profiles. This can be as simple as a menu option to store the current settings under a particular name and/or number. A profile can include all user configurable options for the display, programme guide and menu configurations, content access service activations and configurations and any other optional universal design features.

Provide a convenient profile switching option

An option for switching user profiles should be provided at a high level within the menu so it is quick and easy to access.

A set-up menu option can be provided for users to specify what the equipment should do when it is switched on:

  • Use the standard settings
  • Use the settings for: <profile selection list>
  • Re-use the previous settings
  • Ask which settings to use