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25. (WO2012027577) SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CREATING MULTIMEDIA CONTENT CHANNEL CUSTOMIZED FOR SOCIAL NETWORK
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What is claimed is:

1. A method for creating a network protocol based multimedia content channel customized and delivered to an associated social network comprising:

automatically creating and managing a social network consisting of at least one member;

automatically selecting content, entirely or partially available at a central server, at a peer to peer network, and/or distributed over a cloud of servers, according to contextual information about the at least one member of said social network; automatically creating and managing a channel of said content for the at least one member of said social network;

automatically scheduling and managing the streaming/playback time of said content of said channel according to contextual information about the at least one member of said social network, the features of said channel, and the features of said content; and

delivering said content of said channel to the at least one member of said social network according to said schedule.

2. The method of claim 1 , wherein selection of the social network members, said content selection, and said content streaming scheduling are based on information explicitly indicated by users or based on information obtained using one or more suitable learning algorithms.

3. The method of claim 1 , further comprising assessing the reliability and availability of content, and basing said content selection and said content streaming scheduling on said assessed content reliability and availability.

4. The method of claim 1 , wherein said content selection and said content streaming scheduling are performed based on the geographical distribution of users such that a particular content item is simultaneously streamed to a maximum number of users of different channels, located in a nearby geographical area.

5. The method of claim 1 , wherein said content selection and said content streaming scheduling is further based on information regarding the network topological distribution of content.

6. The method of claim 1 , further comprising detecting the unavailability of a content item earlier than its original streaming time and automatically finding replacement for said unavailable content item.

7. The method of claim 1 , further comprising providing a user with credentials to securely access a content item from a content provider.

8. The method of claim 1 further comprising forwarding said channel schedule to members of said social network, and storing said schedule locally at respective customer endpoint devices.

9. The method of claim 1 further comprising having a new user join said channel and delivering said content to said new user's customer endpoint device according to the channel schedule.

10. The method of claim 1 , wherein a content item, scheduled to be streamed within a channel, can be received earlier than the scheduled playback time, stored locally at the user device and displayed according to the channel program.

11. The method of claim 1 , further comprising charging a user, giving a user incentives and applying a penalty in return for special actions performed by said user.

12. The method of claim 1 , further comprising intelligently selecting and inserting commercials customized to the features of a channel, the social network of a channel and/or relevant to the streamed content.

13. A computer program product comprising a program storage medium readable by a computer tangibly embodying one or more programming instructions executable by said computer, wherein said instructions are configured to perform a method for creating a network protocol based multimedia content channel customized and delivered to an associated social network, said method comprising:

automatically creating and managing a social network consisting of at least one member;

automatically selecting content, entirely or partially available at a central server, at a peer to peer network, and/or distributed over a cloud of servers, according to contextual information about the at least one member of said social network; automatically creating and managing a channel of said content for the at least one member of said social network;

automatically scheduling and managing the streaming/playback time of said content of said channel according to contextual information about the at least one member of said social network, the features of said channel, and the features of said content; and

delivering said content of said channel to the at least one member of said social network according to said schedule.

14. The computer program product of claim 13, wherein selection of the social network members, said content selection, and said content streaming scheduling are based on information explicitly indicated by users or based on information obtained using one or more suitable learning algorithms.

15. The computer program product of claim 13, further comprising instructions for assessing the reliability and availability of content, and basing said content selection and said content streaming scheduling on the assessed content reliability and availability.

16. The computer program product of claim 13, wherein said content selection and said content streaming scheduling are performed based on the geographical distribution of users such that a particular content item is simultaneously streamed to a maximum number of users of different channels, located in a nearby geographical area.

17. The computer program product of claim 13, wherein said content selection and said content streaming scheduling is further based on information regarding the network topological distribution of content.

18. The computer program product of claim 13, further comprising instructions for detecting the unavailability of a content item earlier than its original streaming time and automatically finding replacement for said unavailable content item.

19. The computer program product of claim 13, further comprising instructions for providing a user with credentials to securely access a content item from a content provider.

20. The computer program product of claim 13 further comprising instructions for forwarding said channel schedule to members of said social network, and storing said schedule locally at their respective customer endpoint devices.

21. The computer program product of claim 13 further comprising instructions for having a new user join said channel and delivering said content to said new user's customer endpoint device according to the channel schedule.

22. The computer program product of claim 13, wherein a content item, scheduled to be streamed within a channel, can be received earlier than the scheduled playback time, stored locally at the user device and displayed according to the channel program.

23. The computer program product of claim 13, further comprising instructions for charging a user, giving a user incentives and applying a penalty in return for special actions performed by a user.

24. The computer program product of claim 13, further comprising instructions for intelligently selecting and inserting commercials customized to the features of a channel, the social network of a channel and/or relevant to the streamed content.