My TV Is Watching Me: It Thinks I Need A New Couch
Intel says new TV technology will do what we believe is inevitable: With new facial recognition technology, TV will look at us as we look at it.
Facial recognition will then let TV marketers figure out what we really need. Hmm… I guess that could be a shave or some new clothes. Still, this new TV technology may not be able to tell if I need some nourishment, home insurance, a new car or a new TV.
But hey, privacy issues aside, it’s a start, given that almost every new smartphone, laptop, desktop and tablet has a camera to view its operator, take pictures and videos.
The aim is that if TV advertisers know our current purchase considerations, they can help us out. And if they can help us out, they can charge more to TV content owners and their third party sellers for the opportunity.
No more dog commercials for people who only like cats… or salamanders… or pet rocks.
Does Intel want to get into the advertising business? Right now, it just seems to want to use what it does best – technology -- to be part of a new type of set-top boxes. Intel might believe advertisers will pay more for this kind of access that, in turn, can reduce other TV business revenues such as fees from retransmission, cable network carriage and individual program licenses. That, in theory, could help the TV ecosystem.
This would also mean consumers getting only the channels they really want – say the 9 to 12 networks we typically go to, versus the hundreds or so we have little use for. The theory is that small, niche a-la-carte network packages – or individual programs via video-on-demand-- would be available at a lower cost than today.
Yes. We have heard this before from others selling the concept of interactive or addressable advertising. So far, though beaten down at times (hello, Canoe Ventures!), the promise is still alive.
In the meantime, it’ll be nice to know that while I’m talking out loud or yelling during “The Voice,” “The Mentalist,” or the NBA Playoffs, there will be someone listening -- or at least watching.