Philips develops TV commercial enforcer

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  1. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    Apparently Philips is trying to develop technology to force us to watch commercials.
    http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn9011&feedId=online-news_rss20

    This is absolutely ridiculous. I am going to write a very pointed letter immediately letting them know without a doubt that I will not buy a single Philips product again.

    edit: sorry wrong section please move to news if necessary
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    As someone whose patent apps have been mentioned in New Scientist (and later mocked in Gizmodo), I feel qualified to comment:

    This is a stupid idea. However, if the guy(s) who filed it got $$ from Philips, good for them. As long as it is never put into a product.
     
  3. Oryan macrumors 6502a

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    Why would a consumer want this? I find myself flipping between channels often during commercial breaks to see what else is on. For example, say I'm watching the local news and they go to a commercial break, I may want to change to a national/global news channel to see what is going on elsewhere until the commercials are over.
     
  4. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    It looks like Philips has just patented a way for every potential customer to avoid their products.
     
  5. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    There are all kinds of motives for filing something like this. A patent like this that the company refuses to license could keep this tactic away from standards committees, for one.
     
  6. yg17 macrumors G5

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    A consumer wouldn't want it. But I guarantee you the advertisers on the channels want it.
     
  7. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I doubt it - who wants their commercial to be the one burned into a furious consumer's mind when it can't be turned off? It's one thing to be remembered, another to be remembered with anger.

    Still, my guess is that just was just Philips increasing their Intellectual Property portfolio with no real desire to implement the idea.
     
  8. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    Commercials are the thin edge of the wedge. Imagine a show that wouldn't let you turn it off. What if watching friends kept the TV turned on so you would have to watch Joey.

    As for who would want a TV that did that, who would want a video player that wouldn't let you watch movies from other countries?
     

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