Channel 4 Secret Supper Club

Channel 4 is a publicly-owned, commercially funded TV channel. Since their launch in 1982 they have consistently been at the forefront of innovation in public service broadcasting. This prototype application for connected TVs is one of three commissioned by the Channel, each designed to explore the opportunities provided by TVs with an internet connection. A key consideration in the design of any TV application is that it must be easily navigable via a standard remote control using only the arrow keys and four coloured buttons.

This application is designed to support a cookery series and allows the viewer to conduct on-screen consumer research around a featured recipe or ingredient during the course of the TV programme. The app can be accessed at any point during the TV show by pressing the red button on the remote control. A home screen shows recipes, ingredients and personalities featured in the show. Each recipe featured in the programme is available to view (with an option to email the recipe to the viewer’s email account). Recipe ingredients each have an individual product page with more detailed information.

By selecting 'shop' from the recipe or ingredient screens the viewer can see availability and prices for the ingredients at four online supermarkets. Here they can make recipe substitutions for recommended alternative ingredients when they are either unavailable or too expensive. Ingredients they already have at home can be deleted from the list. Once they’ve assembled their shopping list and chosen their provider they can then add the ingredients to their online shop.

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A carousel allows the user to select recipes, ingredients and favourites

A carousel allows the user to select recipes, ingredients and favourites

Recipes can be viewed and emailed as a PDF to the user's email address

Recipes can be viewed and emailed as a PDF to the user's email address

Users can modify shopping lists and price-compare from various supermarkets

Users can modify shopping lists and price-compare from various supermarkets

Once the user is happy with their shopping list they can add the list to their online supermarket shop

Once the user is happy with their shopping list they can add the list to their online supermarket shop