posted on Mar, 11 2008 @ 05:47 AM
I hate to tell you, but they are watching and listening. It is best to unplug your TV when you are not watching it. While you are watching it,
they can't see or here you well, but certain filters are being applied that enables them to. The technology and computing power needed for the
filters is a few years off, which isn't really needed anyway. You'll find that the technology has progressed far enough when the cable box goes the
way of analog tv.
The TV is composed mainly of two sensory related technologies, specifically sound and sight. One is audio (sound) the other is video (sight). Let's
examine video. Video technology, or the movie, was first invented by Thomas Alva Edison. During his experiments, Edison found that the light images
coming in through the camera lens and out through the projector to the screen were identical as both used light to work. In a TV, the same principles
are at work. The camera lens is a "light gathering" device which takes the light that hits it and converts it into an electrical signal. The signal
is sent over the cable lines to your TV which converts it back to an image which is then projected onto the back of the TV screen. Because of this use
of light at both ends of the TV transmission system, a camera can be used as a TV monitor (screen) and a TV monitor (screen) can be used as a camera.
To prove that your TV can and does act as a "light gathering" camera, all you need to do is the following: 1) Get a flashlight with fresh batteries.
2) In a completely dark room, ideally at night, get right up to your TV with the lights out and the TV turned off. 3) Place the flashlight right on
the TV screen. 4) Turn the flashlight on and hold it with the light facing the TV for at least 10 seconds 5) Turn the flashlight off first, then
quickly remove it from the TV screen. What you see, where the flashlight had been placed, is proof of the "light gathering" capabilities of a TV
screen. I prefer to call it the "TV Screen Camera." This is a very simple test, but with more advanced techniques and equipment, such as the kind
the cable companies have developed and now possess, they can get a clear picture of what is going on in your room. With their advanced tools they
gather light that bounces off of things and people in the room, which hits the TV screen, and presents an image back to them. Now you know it works.
Getting on to the question of can your cable company see you through your TV screen. It depends. The first question is whether you have a cable box or
not. If you do not, you in all likelihood have nothing to be concerned about. Were the cable company to attempt to look in on any TV screen just by
plugging into their cable, they would see every TV screen transmitting from every one of their subscribers' TVs, resulting in nothing but a great
homogenous light or whiteout like in a snow storm. That is useless to look in on. So in this type of cable hookup the answer is no, your cable company
cannot see you through your TV screen.