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Big Brother alert: Cameras in the cable box to monitor TV viewers

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posted on Jun, 18 2013 @ 06:55 PM
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Well, so much for watching TV in the nude!

The Washington Times




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


Better move the TV out of the bedroom too!
Cameras in Cable Boxes. They watch you while you watch them. I bet the "No Such Agency" is drooling about this!
I don't know about the rest of you but I think this is an utterly rediculous idea!




posted on Jun, 18 2013 @ 07:05 PM
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Some of the smart TV's now have cameras as well. It's only a matter of time before we're required to check-in "for our own safety"



posted on Jun, 18 2013 @ 07:06 PM
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They invented post-it pads for two good reasons.



posted on Jun, 18 2013 @ 07:40 PM
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It would be a waste of time, another company would just sell boxes without cameras and the consumers would buy that and the company with cameras would go bust.



posted on Jun, 18 2013 @ 07:49 PM
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There are cameras in the new gaming consoles, TV cable and satellite boxes and even in refrigerators now.

Big brother is already here.



posted on Jun, 18 2013 @ 08:01 PM
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Sounds like Xbox 1 he may be talking about



posted on Jun, 19 2013 @ 07:35 AM
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The cable company where I live (in the Northwest) offers a service now...(that when a person IS NOT HOME)...they can view inside their house...and see what is going on...they can also turn their lights on and off.

So...I am pretty sure we are being watched already.



posted on Jun, 19 2013 @ 07:54 AM
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They invented post-it pads for two good reasons.


Exactly. While the idea (and that of the new XBox) is pretty 1984, the solution is as simple as a piece of electrical tape....


Price to install cameras into cable boxes = $10 million
Price for a roll of electrical tape = $1
Thwarting advanced technology with something bought at a dollar store = Priceless



posted on Jun, 19 2013 @ 08:37 AM
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This is to be expected, simply look at the crap Microsoft is trying to introduce with the Xbox One's Kinect always on policy!

Combine with all the CCTV cameras on every street corner and we have Mr Orwell's 1984 in full swing!

All we need now is the thought police and we are off! LoL

I think in the grand scheme of things Orwell will one day be up there with Nostradamus considering his predictions certainly seem to be more accurate.


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posted on Jun, 19 2013 @ 08:39 AM
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And the sheep will line up at the local Walmart to buy them up and sign those long-term contracts. Comments like "just put some tape over it" prove this point.


Of course, we MUST be entertained, regardless of the cost, either in terms of money or liberty.


I see livestock happily lining up for the slaughter, all the while chuckling at the funny pictures in the box. Maybe it's just natural selection running its course.
edit on 19-6-2013 by incoserv because: added a thought



posted on Jun, 19 2013 @ 08:49 AM
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They want something to see.
I'm going to start giving old couples Viagra.
Let's see how long they keep wanting to put cameras in cable boxes.



posted on Jun, 19 2013 @ 09:03 AM
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lol i thought i was the only person who did this with my laptop....and if postits aren't handy licked and sticked piece of paper does the job.... but really it is intrusive, other than some reactions and couples/people doing the dirty what are they gonna see? lol bet i give the nsa some jaw drops lol (-:



posted on Jun, 19 2013 @ 09:26 AM
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Electrical tape works wonders on them little peep whole. Just saying...LOL

2nd.



posted on Jun, 19 2013 @ 09:37 AM
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Originally posted by Magister
Well, so much for watching TV in the nude!

The Washington Times




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


Better move the TV out of the bedroom too!
Cameras in Cable Boxes. They watch you while you watch them. I bet the "No Such Agency" is drooling about this!
I don't know about the rest of you but I think this is an utterly rediculous idea!


Put tape over camera lens and you will be fine. No need to sweat over this



posted on Jun, 19 2013 @ 09:44 AM
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Tape will work to cover a camera, but can you see where the camera is located on the box?

And if they put it near the IR receiver, your remote may not work if you cover it up. I wouldn't put it past them to design it that way intentionally.



posted on Jun, 19 2013 @ 09:45 AM
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Personally, my favorite solution is electrical tape!



posted on Jun, 19 2013 @ 09:55 AM
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Originally posted by butcherguy
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Tape will work to cover a camera, but can you see where the camera is located on the box?

And if they put it near the IR receiver, your remote may not work if you cover it up. I wouldn't put it past them to design it that way intentionally.


True...then tape the ENTIRE BOX!



posted on Jun, 19 2013 @ 10:02 AM
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I don't want to sound like a conspiracy nut,
But I got rid of the boxes!



posted on Jun, 19 2013 @ 10:11 AM
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I have been hearing about this .... since I first got cable ..... in 1979.



posted on Jun, 19 2013 @ 10:13 AM
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Point is, you can still get the benefit, without sacrificing your privacy, with a simple piece of tape.



I have been hearing about this .... since I first got cable ..... in 1979.


The difference now is that it is actually going to happen, because there is something to gain, a relatively cheap means to it, and software that can make use of the data, and storage space to do so. These other caveats weren't in place in 1979 or later years...but are now.
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