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[The creepy reference to SYMPHONY in 1/13/16 article on EW.com by James Hibberd, “Netflix’s Secret TV Ratings Revealed by NBC.”]
Have you heard about a company called SYMPHONY that uses something called “audio content recognition technology” to analyze background sounds via your cell phone?
James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly tossed a casual reference to SYMPHONY in an article he wrote about Netflix recently. Hibberd said that SYMPHONY listens to the background soundtrack on whatever you have on your tee-vee…and apparently this app then figures out what you are watching and makes a note of that. This is how NBC has apparently been able to figure out Netflix’s program ratings. The detective work using SYMPHONY was needed, it seems, because Netflix refuses to release ratings numbers.
NBC then found a way to use this creepy SYMPHONY program to spy on people, listen to what they were watching, figure out what it was, and determine if it was on Netflix.
Hibberd didn’t bother to mention if SYMPHONY is some variant of SkyNet that is now spying on everyone or if SYMPHONY is some sort of voluntary app that people turn on so that a computer program can listen to everything they are doing and analyze it. I have the impression that people aren’t aware that SYMPHONY is doing this; it sounds like this is an app that somehow gets on people’s phones or they are using it for something else and this “audio content recognition technology” is operating without people’s knowledge.
How could NBC obtain accurate ratings for Netflix programming if they were relying only on people who voluntarily allowed SYMPHONY to spy on them?
Wouldn’t people have to NOT know that they were being spied on for them to be honest with their Netflix watching habits?
SYMPHONY is the creepiest thing I have heard about this week for sure. Is anyone else out there curious about what this app does and if it’s voluntary (or somehow hidden and is on your phone right now and you don’t even know about it)?
MSNBC declares Obama the winner of the 2012 presidential election — so don’t even bother thinking of voting for anyone else. Or else you are racist.
This is just so shameless, it would be hilariously funny if it wasn’t so sad: three of MSNBC’s “big thinkers” have declared Obama to be the winner of the 2012 presidential election…largely, it seems, because they consider him “the historic and unprecedented first black president” and they cannot bring themselves to talk about a black man not winning.
I can’t honestly think of how Obama will win in 2012, since all of the hopeychange promises of 2008 were broken long ago, but perhaps the Leftists on MSNBC are just certain voter fraud and intimidation will secure a sound victory for Obama next year and nothing else will matter.
With the success of True Blood on HBO and Modern Family a big hit for ABC, not to mention Halloween just around the corner, NBC’s asked for a pilot for an update of ‘The Munsters” featuring well-known personalities outside the normal casting pool for sitcoms.
Jeff Zucker ran NBC into the ground with his shameless Obama-propaganda drive for the network, and his insistence on making the worst shows possible featuring the most talentless and inept people he could find (remember Heroes?), and in a fascinating business move Comcast, NBC’s new owners, has decided to continue this tradition even after firing Zucker in a desperate bid to raise the network from last place in broadcast ratings.
“Their whole future is bet on John Kerry. He’s the only idea they’ve got,” noted Ophelia Goodies, publicist at large for the LeNa JaBroswki Write-In Campaign in Alaska as well as the new spokes drag queen for NBC Universal. “We currently have Elvira working here as our Director of Digital Content, which is fun, and a good start, but we really want NBC to be known as the “Boring Monsters Network”, which would make it BMN come to think of it, so of course we’re desperate to get John Kerry to sign on board. With all these people jumping ship on the Obama Administration, we figure Kerry might want out of the Senate too, and maybe Thereza can play Lily and they could star together on the show and get up to all sorts of adventures together”.
Rounding out the cast, Goodies believes NBC/BMN will grab up departing White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for another key role.
“Well, he thinks he’s going to be Mayor of Chicago, but that’s nuts, he’s not going to win, so I remembered he used to be a ballerina with Julliard so I think he would be perfect as Eddie Munster,” Goodies reported. “This way, we can make the show kind of like a musical, like that GLEE that’s so popular this year, and he can wear his little short pants and scream expletives at people and be super creepy on the air. The cost savings on this hire are amazing, because just like with Kerry, we won’t have to employ many makeup artists since they already look so monstrous to begin with. Word is Nancy Pelosi’s going to be out of a job and looking for work soon too, so Spot’s another roll we can fill with little special effects and makeup required”.
While Goodies didn’t have a date for “The New Munsters” airing, she believes it will be “sometime after November” when so many potential cast members for the show will “suddenly find themselves available for all sorts of interesting new opportunities outside the realm of politics”.
Who else would you cast on this show, or other sitcoms, once they’ve been fired November 2nd and who would they play?
These two men are big Obama Kool-Aid drinkers, and pushed for their respective networks to become Obama cheerleaders in 2008.
Zucker did this, in large part, because he believed betting everything on Obama would mean that, once president, Obama would give big payback perks to GE, NBC’s parent company, and Zucker would look like a major hero to his corporate overlords for increasing their profitability with this newfound love coming from the new White House.
That really didn’t happen though, because Obama does not reward any of those who’ve served him. Their reward, in his mind, should be limited to the joy they get in worshipping at his feet and doing his bidding. SERVICE to “The One” is, thus, it’s own reward.
Klein over at CNN is the dumber of the two network executives, which is saying a lot for anyone who has watched Zucker tear NBC down from the top network to the fourth. FOURTH. That’s staggering. To go from first place to last, while raking in millions of dollars a year in salary. It’s stunning GE let this man get away with it.
But, what did Klein and CNN get for throwing out all credibility in service of Obama?
Aside from tainting their long-established brand, neither of them got anything out of that deal.
Now that Comcast has purchased the networks of NBC, and now that Zucker has been booted to the curb, we’re waiting to see how Obama is served by the media in the days ahead.
It’s clear Obama-worship is not profitable, and will not lead to high ratings.
If either was true, then GE would not have sold money-losing NBC to Comcast, and NBC would have never lost money because its shameless and relentless Obama promotion would have kept the network at number one (provided viewers were as infatuated with Obama as Zucker seemed to believe they were).
Do you think NBC can recover with a new president?
Will CNN ever be seen as anything but a Democrat propaganda channel?
What do you think this bodes for coverage of Obama in the national media for the last two years of his term?
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