The DVR Named HAL

This is more than a little disturbing.

Verizon has applied for a patent on a DVR that would use video and sound monitors to observe you as you watch TV in order to target advertising.

         

Author: PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor

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  1. Great! I can see a direct feed to the Homeland Security computers from a militia group watching “Red Dawn”. What could go wrong? Oh, yeah, it already has.

  2. So I guess if you boycott Verizon and use a different ISP who then observe you as you watch TV in order to target advertising, at least they can be sued by Verizon for patent infringement, but not of course by you for the unconscionable invasion of privacy which you agreed to when you clicked through their privacy policy.

  3. perhaps you remember Winston in 1984, whose television/screen watched him, and he had to find an obscure corner in his apartment which was the only place he could uncomfortably stand to be out of view of ‘the screen’ that monitored all citizens in their homes.

    Verizon thinks people will watch tv in the future, like even next year? Bwah ha ha ha. Mobile thy name is beauty to the young.

  4. Doc, those mobiles also have a forward facing camera. I agree with you, this is very 1984-ish sounding and disturbing. Also, agreed, the younger generations are watching TV in the traditional sense.

    No one I know under 30 subscribes to “cable” or “satellite” service the use Hulu, Netflix, etc.

  5. If cable ever gets their pricing down to reasonable levels they can get my business back. Oh, and assuming they don’t develop any spy technology like this.

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