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reply to cowboyro
Re: HOW??? Actually it does. Over time, a relative level is established and that is perfectly fine to determine when programming might be objectionable, salacious, interesting, too quiet or whatever. I doubt they really care that you're listening to your TV at 23 db. They do care that you cranked up the volume to pay attention to the person singing country music on American Idol.
Well, that's not entirely true. Hearing aid companies might want to know the exact level, but I doubt anyone else cares. The rest of the data, when coupled with everything else collected, helps paint a clearer picture.
With that said, any DVR that does this is out the door.
said by desarollo:Or when the phone rings, or someone is talking, or you go to the kitchen... Yeah...
Actually it does. Over time, a relative level is established and that is perfectly fine to determine when programming might be objectionable, salacious, interesting, too quiet or whatever.
But anyway, in regards to ATT this is not the case since no info is being sent to the box.
reply to desarollo
Exactly. It's all about relativism, as the absolute level is irrelevant, as one person might have a small TV in a small room, while another might be using a beefy 7.1 surround receiver in a large room that is pushing a lot of power out for a similar volume level at the user's ear.
This article is pretty pointless, since TiVo has been doing this for about a decade.