Arbitron has selected our house for TV ratings

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posted on Aug, 20 2014 @ 11:47 AM
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A few months ago I received a letter from Arbitron the TV ratings folks. In the letter was a fresh one dollar bill. The letter basically stated that I'd been selected to give them information about which tv shows I liked watching. It stated that there would be a telephone interview after which I'd receive another cash payment for my participation. I took their call about a week after I received their letter.
A short while later I received a thank you letter with another dollar in it. Whoopy right?

Last week I got another letter from Arbitron this one with a ten dollar bill in it along with a brochure about their function in the ratings business . The accompanying letter said that I had been chosen to participate in their ratings procedures. They said they will send us a small device for each member of the family. We must wear these devices during the day and evening and that depending on how much tv we watched would gain points that they would pay us for. The minimum would be fifty dollars a month for each member. The maximum would be one hundred and fifty five dollars per month for each member.
The device they say is about the size of a cell phone and it picks up a signal from the broadcast of tv or radio. It must be worn and is heat sensitive so you can't just leave it on next to the tv. There is also another device which gets plugged into a socket and left alone. This they say is to distinguish whether the signal being picked up is in our home or out of our home where it might not be within our control what we are watching or listening to as in a store or someone else's home.
I told the lady on the phone that it sounded a bit big brotherish to which she indicated confusion. I said you know conspiracy stuff and laughed. She said oh no we won't know where you are and it doesn't pick up conversations. She said that is illegal.

So is this my chance to participate in selecting what is shown on tv's or something more?




posted on Aug, 20 2014 @ 11:50 AM
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a reply to: AutumnWitch657

They bought out Nielsons rating...I would do it....I know many on here are going to say that you will die from the RF waves or that it's big brother spying but this is ATS so expect the worse



posted on Aug, 20 2014 @ 11:51 AM
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I'd take the money and watch tv.2nd.



posted on Aug, 20 2014 @ 11:54 AM
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Well that why I brought it here. I want to hear all the dirt. LOL. a reply to: chrismarco



posted on Aug, 20 2014 @ 11:56 AM
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I'm retired and the tv keeps me company all day. It's always on. I expect the max payment. Still when she said it picks up body heat I got the willies. a reply to: TDawg61



posted on Aug, 20 2014 @ 12:00 PM
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next thing you know you're going to university or a cinema wearing black...
edit on 20America/Chicago0800000016 by demus because: hint - armed to the teeth



posted on Aug, 20 2014 @ 12:03 PM
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a reply to: AutumnWitch657

It picks up motion and possibly body heat so folks are not putting it down when you are suppose to wear it...of course I would imagine you could hook it up to a pet...
edit on 20-8-2014 by chrismarco because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 20 2014 @ 12:03 PM
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Sorry didn't get that. What does that mean ?a reply to: demus



posted on Aug, 20 2014 @ 12:03 PM
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Actually is safe my parents did it a few years ago. Just dont watch porn



posted on Aug, 20 2014 @ 12:04 PM
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Not motion just body heat. Unless I'm watching dancing with the stars and following their moves I'm sitting still watching tv. Lol reply to: chrismarco



posted on Aug, 20 2014 @ 12:05 PM
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Porn would be DVD anyway. We don't get "those" channels on our cable plan. And I'm a big girl I can watch porn if I want to. I don't care what someone else thinks of my viewing habits.I mostly watch HGTV or Food Network anyway. With a sprinkling of lifetime and Showtime beyond or syfy. a reply to: hillbilly4rent

edit on PM000000310000000883408312014-08-20T12:08:28-05:00 by AutumnWitch657 because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 20 2014 @ 12:07 PM
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originally posted by: AutumnWitch657
I'm retired and the tv keeps me company all day. It's always on. I expect the max payment. Still when she said it picks up body heat I got the willies. a reply to: TDawg61


I think they were just saying you cant leave by the tv while out dancing or something.Pet?Will they stay by the tv and what shows do they watch? Animal planet, ha?



posted on Aug, 20 2014 @ 12:08 PM
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Sounds like easy money but I'm too paranoid of electronic devices that i would have to wear at all times and not have a clue on how they work other than the representative's word



posted on Aug, 20 2014 @ 12:10 PM
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No I'd have to wear it while I watch. My cat moves even less than I do lol. You know cats. Sleep 20 hours eat for three and tear up the drapes the rest of the time. a reply to: TDawg61



posted on Aug, 20 2014 @ 12:13 PM
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a reply to: AutumnWitch657
Then you should be fine........ The bit about the porn was tuong in cheek




posted on Aug, 20 2014 @ 12:15 PM
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And that is why I'm asking you guys. Is there a chance it's really homeland security or NAS ? And why me? I am a long standing member of a conspiracy theory website despite what my profile shows. This is my third screen name. I'm a member since 2008 . a reply to: EyesOpenMouthShut



posted on Aug, 20 2014 @ 12:16 PM
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Yeah I know but I'd rather watch the lovin than a war movie any day. Everybody is happy in the end. a reply to: hillbilly4rent



posted on Aug, 20 2014 @ 12:18 PM
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originally posted by: AutumnWitch657
And that is why I'm asking you guys. Is there a chance it's really homeland security or NAS ? And why me? I am a long standing member of a conspiracy theory website despite what my profile shows. This is my third screen name. I'm a member since 2008 . a reply to: EyesOpenMouthShut


I have no idea. this is the first i've ever heard of the device. not that it hasn't been around, i just wasn't aware of it



posted on Aug, 20 2014 @ 12:18 PM
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Getting paid to watch TV? lol, I'd say go for it! What's it going to hurt?

Now if only I could get Charter to pay me for using their internet...



posted on Aug, 20 2014 @ 12:20 PM
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Oh i get it...ala Jarred Laughner or Derrick Klebold. Not to worry. I don't own a gun. a reply to: demus





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