Skip to comments.Big Brother alert: Cameras in the cable box to monitor TV viewers
Posted on 05/24/2014 8:17:57 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
It hardly gets more Orwellian than this. New technology would allow cable companies to peer directly into television watchers homes and monitor viewing habits and reactions to product advertisements.
The technology would come via the cable box, and at least one lawmaker on Capitol Hill is standing in opposition.
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Old tech electrical tape over the front!
There are microphones inside, too.
Defeat the info fascists! Here’s how: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=electrical+tape&FORM=HDRSC2
I assumed that they were already doing that with my cable DVR box.
No more loosening your tie and slouching, while you watch TV on the couch, and it’s probably best if your wife doesn’t sit next to you, at least if you still find her attractive.
I remember back in the 1970s people talking about this as a conspiracy theory. Now it’s reality!
Time to put an antenna in the attic or on the roof & learn to live with fewer stations. I’ve got Netflix streaming (no DVD service) and a Roku. Cable will be going within the next month.
I’m researching for the best attic antenna right now. I’m narrowing it down. But I welcome any suggestions based on experience.
I’ll post a picture of Helen Thomas, Photoshopped...NUDE in front of it.
Maybe make bobble head of her in the nude and put an oscillating fan near it, to enhance movement.
Next up: telescreens!
Considering the location of my Cable/DVR box, the best view they’ll ever get on mine would be underneath my couch and recliner along with the carpet.
“Old tech electrical tape over the front!”
Peanut butter would do the job too.
Lots of solutions. Would work for Mic openings too, though you might have to use a syringe.
I wonder what they would do if you opened it up and disconnected the mic and cam?
I guess for fun you could do an art project in front of your tv that involves sticking wires into a block of clay and hooking those wires to an alarm clock.
Anthony Weiner approves.
Oh, it’s just an innocent marketing tool! They will use it only so they can provide commercials that are less annoying and programming that doesn’t suck as hard. And who wouldn’t mind being monitored a little in exchange for an enhanced TV-viewing experience ? /s
I recall my parents first got cable when it first came available to us in the mid 1970s.
Back then it was simple frequency multiplexing with hardware switching in a box with a button for each channel, that box served as a remote control with a long wire.
MY FIOS DVR cable boxes are minicomputers connected directly to my internet modem(they wont work without it ) , that's why they must be rebooted frequently .
Thats why I just assumed they know what my box is tuned to..
Here we need sales cards to get sales prices in most grocery stores. So if only a few people buy large amounts of items on sale they know to not put it on sale.
Its the world we live in now.
not ony does big brother watch you, you pay him to. cable-free in my house.
Hopefully if this starts, a list of the cable boxes so afflicted will be on the net in no time. I have no trouble opening the thing up.
At least one lawmaker stands in opposition?
It’s token opposition to make them look legitimate.
People are so damned stupid! I’ve been saying this since 1991 when I first heard about it. And this reporter thinks she broke a big story.
There is no such thing as privacy. And they can put anything they want on your computer or on your phone. I was just telling my wife over dinner that the feds could put a message on my cell phone from the terrorist Al Jaaba Ben Hubba Bubba. Then they go to the local cops and tell them to go get me. While I’m eating my hamburger a bunch of fat cops burst in and arrest me and haul me off. I’m never heard from again. Don’t think it hasn’t happened and won’t happen.
Everyone in this country should be watching PERSON OF INTEREST instead of AMERICAN IDOL. Everything, plus more, on that show is being done. I’m not sure if it’s because they want us to know or if someone is leaking the information. Either way, “You are being watched.”
>> New technology would allow cable companies to peer directly into television watchers home
The writer meant “enable”, not “allow”.
We’re about to kill the cable box, too. But we’ll keep the internet which means they’ll be watching my through my computer.
And people on here think it’s funny. The old “If you’re not doing anything wrong” crowd is the biggest threat to liberty.
Getting that info from the cable boxes is way more accurate than them mailing out surveys.
For those who this bothers them there is always clear tv
What is wrong with these people?
Ok I would love to get rid of Comcast and get rid of its cable too expensive for a few channel I see. I know to view my favorite shows I can stream Netflix or Amazon or whatever, but how about if you want your local news. What would I need to do?
Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!
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They are just your average collectivist control freaks. That’s all.
Another thing. I’m about to become a “truther”. I’m not saying the government did it. But I believe they knew it was coming. They knew about the Boston Marathon bombers. Putin said that Russia had told us about them. But the powers allowed them to act. Why? So they can take away more freedoms. Nothing happens that they don’t know about in advance.
I wonder about these guys with “mental problems” who go on shooting sprees. Are they controlled by the government? A switch is flipped and off they go? And then more gun control laws are pushed.
They believe a Utopia is possible. But to acheive it lots of “irrelevant” people will have to be eliminated.
And don’t tell me to get tinfoil. This stuff is for real.
“...but how about if you want your local news. What would I need to do?”
You can get local news over the air but you might need a converter if you have an old TV set.
There is an Antenna that will bring in local channels.
Best buy or radio shack will have it, there is also a web site to order one!
This article is a year old. Why are you posting it now?
Rabbit ears. I’m in an apartment and get about half a dozen local stations; a rooftop antenna would get more. Also, most TV stations stream their newscasts live.
Or you can buy one at Radio Shack. I’m about to go that route. Plus, it will be in true HD.
The second that is implemented, my cable service is gone, and I will encourage everyone I know to do likewise. I guess they figure that with all the others ways people accept being monitored, they will accept this too. Unfortunately, they may be right.
This is a year old. It’s been going on for years.
I cannot disagree with anything in your post. We watch PoI and tell each other how it’s so _not_ science fiction.
I have been wondering if the YA market is so into dystopian themes because they are trying to resolve a cognitive dissonance that is not addressed in their education. They know something is terribly wrong with our society and they hunger for some sort of role model that will teach them how to respond to it.
I guess they figure that with all the others ways people accept being monitored, they will accept this too. Unfortunately, they may be right.
I refuse to shop anywhere there is a shopping card. I notice at least one of the big chains, Shaws has stopped their card program. Unfortunately Walgreens and Rite aid have one. Both have lost my business to Wal-Mart
Now old Yakov Smirnoff jokes apply to this county.
“In America, Television watches you.”
Best me to it. Duct tape is your friend.
There are a few variables that will matter. How far from the broadcast stations you live, antenna height, whether there is an obstruction in the direction of a signal, etc. My philosophy for a home that is further away from broadcast stations is to go for as much surface area/most elements on the antenna as you can reasonably afford.
As for small antennas with amplifiers, if you live not too far away from a broadcast station, they will work just fine. But if the signal is weak and the antenna is small, the amplifier will only have a very noisy signal to amplify, so it will still result in poor reception.
The website below is a good resource in determining the size of antenna to purchase. Keep in mind that if your antenna will be low or obstructed, you may need to up-size.
Like the lurker in the window. It isn’t inside yet but could be all too soon.
No doubt the feed will go straight to O’s decision making drone room
Good idea. Jewel, the big supermarket chain here, dropped theirs too.
Norton blocked the website you posted, saying it is a known malicious website.