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Xbox One brings you TV, and turns it off, too!

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You know those silly warning signs that flash when you watch TV or DVDs?  The ones saying it’s for private use only, which puts limitations on how many people can view such videos and where they can be shown.  Well, it appears that Microsoft is going to make production houses happy while making viewers less than pleased.

So, we know that the Kinect can perceive the people in the room.  This can be used with the Xbox One to monitor, count and identify the people watching TV or other content.  According to this source

In one scenario, the system would then charge for the television show or movie based on the number of viewers in the room. Or, if the number of viewers exceeds the limits laid out by a particular content license, the system would halt playback unless additional viewing rights were purchased.

Additionally, Microsoft patented technology to estimate a person’s age based on their body proportions – this could be used to also determine if viewers met any age requirements for engaging with content through the Xbox One.  I wonder if this will also be used to ensure that children meet the age rating of games.

Everything about the Xbox One is reminiscent of dystopia books I know and love.  I’m not saying everything about Microsoft or the Xbox One is creepy, or even sinister.  However, it always starts with a benign approach before more disturbing applications are employed.  All I know is that the more I find out, the more my hair stands on edge!

Last Updated: May 29, 2013

51 Comments

  1. Spathi

    May 29, 2013 at 14:37

    Will Kinect be able to correctly identify people McNuggets as adults?

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    • Admiral Chief Commander

      May 29, 2013 at 14:39

      hahahaa

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    • KingKappie

      May 29, 2013 at 14:41

      have an up-vote

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    • mancera

      May 29, 2013 at 14:44

      hahaha!

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  2. Admiral Chief Commander

    May 29, 2013 at 14:39

    young ted?

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  3. Macethy

    May 29, 2013 at 14:39

    See this sh*t Microsoft and the rest of the entertainment industry?

    It’s this kind of crap that makes people pirate movies!

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  4. mancera

    May 29, 2013 at 14:43

    lol, the poor midgets/dwarves of the world are not going to be able to watch anything rated over 13

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  5. Trevor Davies

    May 29, 2013 at 14:44

    I think this definitely calls for a “le sigh”

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  6. Gustav Willem Diedericks

    May 29, 2013 at 14:45

    My Blu-ray player doesn’t charge extra if more people are in the room, and it’s a lot cheaper. Guess what I’ll be sticking to!

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    • mancera

      May 29, 2013 at 14:46

      blu-ray player, ps3, any laptop/pc with a blu-ray drive… possibly even the ps4… don’t charge extra. so yeah, i agree completely.

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  7. Its Just a Ride

    May 29, 2013 at 14:50

    *Duck tapes Blu-Ray player to Xbox 360 and hides in bomb shelter*

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  8. Khulani Ndlovu

    May 29, 2013 at 14:51

    Wonder why you are getting achievements in just watching TV, its because bloody paying to extra to watch the weekend game with the guys, damn this is crazy, my current multimedia player does not charge me any cent, even if it were the whole football stadium watching, ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  9. Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    May 29, 2013 at 14:53

    I always wanted 6 kids, so one day when they are old enough, I guess we can’t all sit together and watch a flick. would have to pay for each one of them dattebayo …. All for One and One for one

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    • Its Just a Ride

      May 29, 2013 at 14:54

      Population control?

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  10. Jonah Cash

    May 29, 2013 at 14:55

    I’m only 1.72m tall, and apparently I look about 5 years younger than what I am….. I am going to go and buy me some platforms before I buy a XBONE…. NOT!!!!

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  11. Kromas

    May 29, 2013 at 15:13

    Everyone is all negative. Well here is a valid positive. Pirates with some tech savvy will start developing active cloaking technology. Just think how awesome it would be to stream a new movie while cloaked. MS sees no person so no license applies and bam! No fee. :p

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    • Rinceandspit...

      May 29, 2013 at 15:16

      What you said!

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    • HvR

      May 29, 2013 at 15:19

      I already have a few ideas that is going to make me millions to enable pirate viewing:
      Turn the kinect around to face the wall or put in front so it only see one person
      A blanket to cover the kinect
      Sunglasses
      Everybody assume the MS movie viewing position (side view):

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      • Rinceandspit...

        May 29, 2013 at 15:21

        Mirrors, MIRRORS! And smoke! That’s a good point, if you have a cig, will the thing think there are more heat sources in the room?

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        • Kromas

          May 29, 2013 at 17:06

          I can see the title.Idiots guide to watching free XBone TV or Free XBone tv for dummies.

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      • Brady miaau

        May 30, 2013 at 12:19

        Awesome idea. Is it copyrighted?

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  12. Rinceandspit...

    May 29, 2013 at 15:21

    As much as I embody RAGE at the moment, I don’t see MS going ahead with this…

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    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      May 29, 2013 at 15:25

      Me 2, sound very

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  13. Magius

    May 29, 2013 at 15:30

    This was mentioned on Invisible Walls over the weekend as a horror what if scenario. I am guessing that someone has taken that quote and is reporting it as “fact”.

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  14. Edwin le Roux

    May 29, 2013 at 16:07

    Cant you just turn the Xbone to the side. So the eye points towards the wall or something.
    But ja. Dont think I will be buying into the Xbone anytime soon. Still got my PC. Still got steam.

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  15. Haunted99

    May 29, 2013 at 16:12

    HAL9000, is that you?

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  16. Wtf101

    May 29, 2013 at 16:24

    I kinda wonder if the geniuses that come up with this BS realize how much people they are forcing to torrent sites, or even worse, make people just go: Meh… Screw the Xbone if this is how they wanna play it…

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  17. Tbone187

    May 29, 2013 at 16:31

    Are you guys sure this Xbox one isn’t an Apple product….

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  18. Kaya

    May 29, 2013 at 16:44

    OR… you could just cover your Kinect and have no issue ever? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. FoxOneZA - X-Therminator

    May 29, 2013 at 17:26

    kinect 2.0 can be turned off… *le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh**le sigh*

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  20. iPrimal

    May 30, 2013 at 00:29

    ugh I hate this new system.

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  21. Philip Gerrit Lerm

    May 30, 2013 at 09:01

    “Iโ€™m not saying everything about Microsoft or the Xbox One is creepy, or even sinister.”

    Ok, then I’ll say it.. Everything about Microsoft or the Xbox One is creepy, or even sinister. ๐Ÿ™‚

    No way in hell I am allowing MS to monitor my gaming, TV, amount of friends or any other bad habits I may have..

    This console is apparently something out of the future preparing for an invasion.. WAHAHA..

    No thank you, I’ll see what the PS4 does..

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  22. Skyblue

    May 30, 2013 at 09:44

    Pure bullshit

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  23. Brady miaau

    May 30, 2013 at 12:19

    This sounds alarmist. I think it may or may not happen, but to speak as if these myriad of things are fact and in our imminent future is not quite true, is it?. I do not know up from down anymore.

    WHEN Xbox thingie is released I will read up the product documentation.

    WHEN the PS4 is released I will read then up the product documentation.

    THEN I will determine what, if anything, will server MY needs. And spend my money like that.

    for now, I will enjoy all the hype and stuff. Why not? ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am finding many website reporting a lot of things. Report each other, or quote sources.

    A patent is a patent on an idea: it may signify that when people or the market is more ready to accept this idea, I, the patent holder, would like a jump start.

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