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AT&T admits your TV is watching you

 
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AT&T admits your TV is watching you
Few cable subscribers realize it, but each time they switch channels, their TV provider makes a note of it. Today, that data is primarily used for internal research and to inform ratings. But newly published work from researchers at AT&T shows how it could also be used to make TV advertising more compelling

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no it didn't.
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Few cable subscribers realize it, but each time they switch channels, their TV provider makes a note of it. Today, that data is primarily used for internal research and to inform ratings. But newly published work from researchers at AT&T shows how it could also be used to make TV advertising more compelling

[link to www.technologyreview.com]

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I only got rabbit ears.
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Few cable subscribers realize it, but each time they switch channels, their TV provider makes a note of it. Today, that data is primarily used for internal research and to inform ratings. But newly published work from researchers at AT&T shows how it could also be used to make TV advertising more compelling

[link to www.technologyreview.com]

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I only got rabbit ears.
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They can still tell what you are watching.
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rephan is god in tv land
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F a TV
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The title is a little dramatic isn't it? They can't watch "you". They can tell what frequency or QAM you are tuned into but the can't see "you".
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You really think this is new OMG! This subject same up in the mid 80's when friend had his twelve foot TV satellite disk and needed a new box. Possible hidden mic inside their control box.

Full ATT here (u-verse) lucky ten hours a week on our TV.
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Few cable subscribers realize it, but each time they switch channels, their TV provider makes a note of it. Today, that data is primarily used for internal research and to inform ratings. But newly published work from researchers at AT&T shows how it could also be used to make TV advertising more compelling

[link to www.technologyreview.com]

Click on the naughty channel and they know how many times you did it.
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I only got rabbit ears.
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But those ears are watching you.

Listening too.
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do the girl runners in the adverts make you want to choke your monkey?
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The title is a little dramatic isn't it? They can't watch "you". They can tell what frequency or QAM you are tuned into but the can't see "you".
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13133565


Wanna bet??

[link to appft1.uspto.gov]

Mic and cams to watch you.

Even your xbox 360
[link to appft.uspto.gov]

Its been here for awhile now and most people have a dvr.
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I have directv w/dvr, I do not have it connected to a phone line or wireless. They send messages & down load upgrades from time to time, but not sure they can tell what I am doing cause I have to call to order movies.

Most people cop out by saying they have nothing to hide. I tell them that's not the point. The fact is they don't have the right.
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My optimum cable box comes on every time I enter the room. I have posted this before. I can cover the box and it still comes on, so it must be a noise sensor or mic or some kind.

There are 4 seals on the back, so if I take it off I won't be able to turn the box in when I am done.

Really not sure what to do......
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[link to www.godlikeproductions.com] The * ONE * basic fact about the plan to control end time computers
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this isn't scary. show a fat dude in black darth vader costume beating up a lady's cat.
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The title is a little dramatic isn't it? They can't watch "you". They can tell what frequency or QAM you are tuned into but the can't see "you".
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13133565


Wanna bet??

[link to appft1.uspto.gov]

Mic and cams to watch you.

Even your xbox 360
[link to appft.uspto.gov]

Its been here for awhile now and most people have a dvr.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 11609144


Those are pending patents, and the Xbox one is possibly going to happen with the next one.

I have worked in the cable industry for 7 years both in the field and in the highest level of networking and software support for the last 7 years. I can assure you, as of right now there is no camera or mic in those boxes. I've torn them apart myself and access the firmware daily.
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I have directv w/dvr, I do not have it connected to a phone line or wireless. They send messages & down load upgrades from time to time, but not sure they can tell what I am doing cause I have to call to order movies.

Most people cop out by saying they have nothing to hide. I tell them that's not the point. The fact is they don't have the right.
 Quoting: TTX8K82


They can tell because your dvr is based off tivo or at least they used to be and they all had this ability many years ago which tivo inadvertently admitted the Janet Jackson boob slip was one of the most rewound/paused events in tivo history.
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In Soviet Amerika, TV watches you!

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Yeah I just download all my shit commercial free from pirate bay...
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Re: AT&T admits your TV is watching you
Few cable subscribers realize it, but each time they switch channels, their TV provider makes a note of it. Today, that data is primarily used for internal research and to inform ratings. But newly published work from researchers at AT&T shows how it could also be used to make TV advertising more compelling

[link to www.technologyreview.com]

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That's not watching you, your title is misleading. Furthermore, anyone with half a brain should have already assumed that what shows you are watching are tallied. How else do you think they can tell how many viewers each show gets?
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The title is a little dramatic isn't it? They can't watch "you". They can tell what frequency or QAM you are tuned into but the can't see "you".
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13133565


Wanna bet??

[link to appft1.uspto.gov]

Mic and cams to watch you.

Even your xbox 360
[link to appft.uspto.gov]

Its been here for awhile now and most people have a dvr.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 11609144


Those are pending patents, and the Xbox one is possibly going to happen with the next one.

I have worked in the cable industry for 7 years both in the field and in the highest level of networking and software support for the last 7 years. I can assure you, as of right now there is no camera or mic in those boxes. I've torn them apart myself and access the firmware daily.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13133565


Never claimed they did have them yet but its something that is coming and you can brow beat this all you want its gonna happen or is being done in secret.

How many times did people tell you all the cams in the usa were networked under one eye yet no thought it was possible then it leaked out trap wire did just that.

See its just like the tivo leaks about spying on you and yet they claimed it never happened when in fact it did. Your tv and life is not so simple this is a connected age from smart phones to our pc to your tablet or whatever game system all connected to the system and do they spy on your internet? YES from day 1!
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My optimum cable box comes on every time I enter the room. I have posted this before. I can cover the box and it still comes on, so it must be a noise sensor or mic or some kind.

There are 4 seals on the back, so if I take it off I won't be able to turn the box in when I am done.

Really not sure what to do......
 Quoting: Watching the world


This is not a funny situation. But...you can learn the dialog lines between Dave & Hal from 2001 Space Odyssey. Let the box be Hal and recite those lines in one voice, while you be Dave and recite those lines in another.

If anyone is listening or recording, oh well, they get what they deserve ;-)

Or! Learn the lines of 5 from Batteries not Included: "No disassemble! no disassemble! 5 Alive!!!!!" (At least I think it's BnI, been a long time since watching it LOL) all the while doing the comic "step by step, inch by inch" routine.

Goodness me, glad I don't have anything like a "box" around watching me. I just can't help it, I'm a thespian...
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Have you guys noticed the TV's in hotel rooms? A lot of them have camera's built in. Yeah that's right they can watch you anytime they want.
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The title is a little dramatic isn't it? They can't watch "you". They can tell what frequency or QAM you are tuned into but the can't see "you".
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13133565


Wanna bet??

[link to appft1.uspto.gov]

Mic and cams to watch you.

Even your xbox 360
[link to appft.uspto.gov]

Its been here for awhile now and most people have a dvr.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 11609144


Those are pending patents, and the Xbox one is possibly going to happen with the next one.

I have worked in the cable industry for 7 years both in the field and in the highest level of networking and software support for the last 7 years. I can assure you, as of right now there is no camera or mic in those boxes. I've torn them apart myself and access the firmware daily.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13133565


Then why does mine click on whenever I come into the room? Are you sure?
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In Soviet Amerika, TV watches you!

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^ Hell, that's even funnier! ^
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I know FIOS DVR is definitely watching and listening to you and relaying all the info to advertisers and others to directly control all commercials that are specific to you and your family. Not to mention the Gubberment has eyes and ears on you. But everyone on here already knows that.
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The title is a little dramatic isn't it? They can't watch "you". They can tell what frequency or QAM you are tuned into but the can't see "you".
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13133565


Wanna bet??

[link to appft1.uspto.gov]

Mic and cams to watch you.

Even your xbox 360
[link to appft.uspto.gov]

Its been here for awhile now and most people have a dvr.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 11609144


Those are pending patents, and the Xbox one is possibly going to happen with the next one.

I have worked in the cable industry for 7 years both in the field and in the highest level of networking and software support for the last 7 years. I can assure you, as of right now there is no camera or mic in those boxes. I've torn them apart myself and access the firmware daily.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13133565




I don't have to tear them apart to realize that there is no mic and/or camera in them. Not only would that be expensive on their part, but there would be MANY regulations as to what they could/couldn't do. They don't want the lawsuits and potential settlements down the road.

That isn't to say at some point they might not install cameras/mics in the boxes, it just wouldn't be for what those who are paranoid assume. It would most likely be nothing more than assisting them in determining what channels you watch, and at what time. The reason this is unlikely to happen, besides the fact of the costs of adding mics/cameras to each box, is because they can already DO that.

Essentially what I am saying, is not only is it NOT economically feasible, but it isn't even LOGICALLY feasible. They already have the information they are looking for, which contributes to finding out stats regarding network TV companies, and their programs.
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The title is a little dramatic isn't it? They can't watch "you". They can tell what frequency or QAM you are tuned into but the can't see "you".
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13133565


They can watch you. There are cameras and microphones in every set. they have been there for years. they are in many other appliances too. They might not be being monitored or collecting info but then they might. My television will freeze at times then then the screen will clearly look at me . same with computer monitors. pretty much just windows with each of us on one side of the glass or another...staring at each other. your radio can speak to you or about you too even when it is turned off.
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The title is a little dramatic isn't it? They can't watch "you". They can tell what frequency or QAM you are tuned into but the can't see "you".
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13133565


Wanna bet??

[link to appft1.uspto.gov]

Mic and cams to watch you.

Even your xbox 360
[link to appft.uspto.gov]

Its been here for awhile now and most people have a dvr.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 11609144


Those are pending patents, and the Xbox one is possibly going to happen with the next one.

I have worked in the cable industry for 7 years both in the field and in the highest level of networking and software support for the last 7 years. I can assure you, as of right now there is no camera or mic in those boxes. I've torn them apart myself and access the firmware daily.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13133565




I don't have to tear them apart to realize that there is no mic and/or camera in them. Not only would that be expensive on their part, but there would be MANY regulations as to what they could/couldn't do. They don't want the lawsuits and potential settlements down the road.

That isn't to say at some point they might not install cameras/mics in the boxes, it just wouldn't be for what those who are paranoid assume. It would most likely be nothing more than assisting them in determining what channels you watch, and at what time. The reason this is unlikely to happen, besides the fact of the costs of adding mics/cameras to each box, is because they can already DO that.

Essentially what I am saying, is not only is it NOT economically feasible, but it isn't even LOGICALLY feasible. They already have the information they are looking for, which contributes to finding out stats regarding network TV companies, and their programs.
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OK TROLL STOP !!!! Verizon already passed a bill through the Senate for FIOS DVR's to watch and listen inside of all homes it is installed in... Check for yourself...
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smopfag

Really? You mean you don't think most people know their viewing habits are tracked for ratings? LOL Just crawl out from under a rock?

And PS, that's not the same thing as the lunatic theory of your "TV watching you" that people post about here.

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Wanna bet??

[link to appft1.uspto.gov]

Mic and cams to watch you.

Even your xbox 360
[link to appft.uspto.gov]

Its been here for awhile now and most people have a dvr.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 11609144


Those are pending patents, and the Xbox one is possibly going to happen with the next one.

I have worked in the cable industry for 7 years both in the field and in the highest level of networking and software support for the last 7 years. I can assure you, as of right now there is no camera or mic in those boxes. I've torn them apart myself and access the firmware daily.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13133565




I don't have to tear them apart to realize that there is no mic and/or camera in them. Not only would that be expensive on their part, but there would be MANY regulations as to what they could/couldn't do. They don't want the lawsuits and potential settlements down the road.

That isn't to say at some point they might not install cameras/mics in the boxes, it just wouldn't be for what those who are paranoid assume. It would most likely be nothing more than assisting them in determining what channels you watch, and at what time. The reason this is unlikely to happen, besides the fact of the costs of adding mics/cameras to each box, is because they can already DO that.

Essentially what I am saying, is not only is it NOT economically feasible, but it isn't even LOGICALLY feasible. They already have the information they are looking for, which contributes to finding out stats regarding network TV companies, and their programs.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 801546


OK TROLL STOP !!!! Verizon already passed a bill through the Senate for FIOS DVR's to watch and listen inside of all homes it is installed in... Check for yourself...
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