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Television Advertising Privacy Entertainment

A TV That Knows and Shares What You're Watching 168 168

holy_calamity writes "A technology will be appearing soon in TVs that fingerprints what is onscreen and sends that information to an internet server able to identify the content, whether it's live TV or another source, like a DVD. Web pages and mobile apps using the same connection as the TV can access that information using an API, allowing online content to dynamically provide relevant information and ads to be more targeted. Startup Flingo, which developed the technology, says one of the top 5 TV brands in the US will launch a set with the Sync Apps system in coming months."
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A TV That Knows and Shares What You're Watching

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  • No thanks, (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 19, 2011 @02:14PM (#37145806)

    I do not want this technology.

  • I have a solution. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Skarecrow77 (1714214) on Friday August 19, 2011 @02:22PM (#37145976)

    See that ethernet port on the back of your tv? don't plug anything in to it.

    Your tv have wireless (snazzy!) don't give it your wireless password.

    Your tv secretly connecting to the 3g cellular network to report back information? A. who cares it doesn't know who you are anyway and B. start up a class action lawsuit... or C. search the web until you find www.sonytv-hacks.com and follow their instructions to load custom firmware on your tv that lets you use the secret 3g connection as a tether'd internet connection and subsequently torrent anonymously to your heart's connent.

    TL;DR: you have nothing to worry about.

  • by Sarten-X (1102295) on Friday August 19, 2011 @02:40PM (#37146268) Homepage

    Every major cable provider tracks what you watch already. Your cable box asks the provider for a particular show, and that request is logged. The logs are collected and reports are generated. This has been going on for many years, and no, you don't need to consent.

    I'm not saying this is a good thing, but I do wonder how many of the folks saying they'll never buy these TVs because of privacy concerns already use cable.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 19, 2011 @03:03PM (#37146616)
    You Don’t Own a TV? What’s All Your Furniture Pointed At?
  • by elrous0 (869638) * on Friday August 19, 2011 @03:53PM (#37147254)

    I suppose you got all that education, and still don't understand the meaning of the word "family".

    Yep. One of the things they taught me in my big, fancy college was the "Nielsen family" is just an expression. They're actually supposed to do a fair sampling of all demographics, including single people.

    Hillbillies". "Trailer parks". "Rednecks". Wow, keep the class-based racial hatred flowing, shall we?

    I apologize for insulting the redneck race.

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