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Your DVR Is Watching You
Cable eyes thermal smart cameras for DVRs
by Karl Bode 08:50AM Tuesday Aug 11 2009
Back in March of 2008, Comcast's Gerard Kunkel proclaimed that Comcast was experimenting with embedding cameras in your DVR or cable box, allowing the company to know exactly who is watching what, at what time. Once a privacy backlash fired up Kunkel quickly backpedaled, but the idea of a nosy DVR may not be that far off. Light Reading explores how several cable companies are interested in a technology by Prime Sense that uses "3D-sensing" cameras to identify which users are in a room using thermal identification technology. While MSOs would probably love tailored ads based on who's in the room, early uses for this technology involve improved cable GUI and program interactivity.


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anon66670

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reply to Jonbo298

Re: Workarounds incoming...

Screw the work arounds just don't do business with a company that spies on you.


rudnicke
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RF

Just turn the DVR around toward a wall, and use one of those RF remote extender boxes. They can look at the wall all they want, and you can still use your remote.


milnoc

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Re: Workarounds incoming...

said by Jonbo298:

I'd rather not have a camera (or anything like a camera) watching me watch what I watch on TV. There will be easy workarounds to this if it comes to light.
It already exists. It's called electrical tape.