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Netflix Is Looking To Pay Someone To Watch Netflix All Day 86

Posted by samzenpus
from the how-do-you-hire-that-which-has-no-life dept.
An anonymous reader writes with news about a dream job for binge-watching couch potatoes in the UK. Ploughing through your new favourite series on Netflix is something you probably enjoy doing after a working day, but what if it was your working day? You see, Netflix has a fancy recommendation engine that suggests movies and shows you might like based on your prior viewing habits. To do that successfully, it needs information from a special group of humans that goes beyond the basics like genre and user rating. "Taggers," as they're known, analyse Netflix content and feed the recommendation engine with more specific descriptors if, for example, a film is set in space or a cult classic. In short, these people get paid to watch TV all day, and Netflix is currently hiring a new tagger in the UK.
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Netflix Is Looking To Pay Someone To Watch Netflix All Day

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  • by BorgDrone (64343) on Monday July 07, 2014 @11:31AM (#47399923) Homepage

    Probably because of all the lawsuits that IMDb would file over that.

  • by vux984 (928602) on Monday July 07, 2014 @03:27PM (#47402075)

    Generally, when somebody is paying for what it sounds like they could get for free, or even get paid for, there is good reason to suspect that the job description is either underplaying the exact level of difficulty and/or boredom involved, or that somebody has already learned the hard way that what they can get for free isn't exactly what they want.

    Bingo.

    You won't watch what you want. You probably won't have enough time to finish watching anything... 99% tagging accuracy for comedy, sci-fi, action, etc, etc, can be assessed within the first half.

    And I can't think of much that would need to see the whole movie to tag correctly, except for "twist ending".

    For TV series you'll probably just watch a few parts of a few random episodes, and then move on.

    Your notion that you'd do it watching multiple streams is quite likely too -- and sped up... probably even skipping... watch 5 minutes, skip 5... watch 5 ...

    Because as you say, your job is to tag movies, not critique them. You'll only spend as much time with a movie as you need to tag it accurately, and that is far less than the 90-150 minutes it would take to watch it from start to finish.

    As an aside, another "dream job" that is truly abysmal in practice is "video game tester".

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