Looks like we'll be a Tivo/Nielsen family

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by mikestanley, Oct 2, 2004.

  1. ufo4sale

    ufo4sale Well-Known Member

    Apr 21, 2001
    Somerset NJ...
    Did they ever call you about this before or did they just call you out of the blue asking if you would like to be part of the Nielsen?
  2. Ziggie

    Ziggie TiVo Since 2003

    Jan 20, 2004
    Under a...
    Amazing! I had no idea the recruitment period would be spread out over a period of years.
  3. mattman

    mattman Deep In The Mattcave

    Jun 25, 2002
    Anchorage, AK
    I got a call today myself. They acknowledged that I signed up over a year ago, and said they were expanding the panel. Looks like there is a new round of this study.

  4. Georgia Guy

    Georgia Guy Early Adapter

    Feb 21, 2003
    I got the call yesterday. I just hope they focus on the data on our main Tivo in the living room. If they instead looks at my wife's den Tivo, the reality shows are gonna quite a boost in ratings. :)
    (Or, they take a look at the Tivo back in the bedroom, which would be a boost in the History Channel's ratings).

    My question....which Tivo are they going to look at in a multi-Tivo household?
  5. thenightfly42

    thenightfly42 Señor Senior, Jr.

    Mar 5, 2002
    I missed a call, I think it was on Thursday. Caller ID said Nielson, but they didn't leave a message. Interesting that it was connected to TiVo, I kinda regret I didn't make it to the phone in time.
  6. hammer32

    hammer32 TiVo Combat Crew

    Jul 4, 2001
    North America
    We did the same thing and then moved a few months later so I never knew if our habits were being tracked or not...
  7. ufo4sale

    ufo4sale Well-Known Member

    Apr 21, 2001
    Somerset NJ...
    Is there a number I can call to ask if i'm still in it?
  8. KrustyVT

    KrustyVT Member

    Aug 8, 2002
    Bay Area, CA
    I submitted the online form when it was first posted ... in the call today they said they were expanding the panel and looking for additional people to participate. Prior to this I had never been contacted.
  9. tgr131

    tgr131 Safety Dancer :)

    May 23, 2001
    I got the call yesterday too. Guess we'll be joining the family.
  10. 1larryw

    1larryw New Member

    Jul 30, 2002
    I Got a call a few minutes ago myself. They said I agreed to do this in late 2002. Should be about 2 weeks before I get the agreement. I'll have my attourney look it over and then decide what I want to do.

    Call me paranoid, but I want to know what I'm getting myself into. When I was in radio, the ratings company (Arbitron) would give people money to participate. I guess TV is different.
  11. bitTraveler

    bitTraveler New Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    West U., Texas
    I'm starting to think Nielsen knows more about me than I do. Besides the TiVo program, years ago they talked me into being in the Homescan program where you scan and transmit every purchase made with a barcode. I also just finished a week of paper tv logs and they recently sent me the Media Voice Panel pager-like device that picks up your exposure to high frequency identification codes hidden in tv and radio programming. So they now know almost every item I purchase and they have coverage, some redundant, of every tv and radio program I'm exposed to throughout the day. If that wasn't enough, they are also constantly trying to get me to join their web panel so they can track my web surfing habits.

    It's getting a bit ridiculous. If they come to me wanting to install a monitor on my toilet, I'm going to have to take a stand or a seat. ;)

  12. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2001
    Got my call also for my Directv Tivos. They are sending the paperwork out. They were kind of dumbfounded when they asked how many DVR's I have. I told them 7 since those are how many I have active lol.
  13. simonalope

    simonalope New Member

    Jun 2, 2004
    Hypothetically, if one had signed on with Nielsen and subsequently acquired more TiVo units, would there be any way to contact Nielsen and get the account updated?
  14. Darrelpr

    Darrelpr New Member

    Mar 28, 2003
    According to my caller ID, Nielson has been trying to contact me for the past couple of weeks while I'm at work. They finally got me yesterday (Saturday) afternoon. The rep went through the script and questions and said my agreement paperwork will be in the mail "in the next week or two". I didn't ask specifically what data Nielson will be collecting.
  15. thenightfly42

    thenightfly42 Señor Senior, Jr.

    Mar 5, 2002
    Yup, they are persistent. I missed at least one call (see above), but they called me yesterday, so now I'm "in the Family".
  16. Psipher

    Psipher New Member

    Dec 21, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    I just checked my caller ID and noticed that they have been calling me too...However I'm already a "Neilsen Family", I have a pager-like device that I'm required to carry around all the time and some how it records the TV & Radio programs I listen to...apparently TV & Radio programs are all encoded with inaudible sounds that this device picks up.
  17. Shadow

    Shadow New Member

    Dec 27, 2003
    I used to be a Nielson Rep back in the early 90's. And I can tell you that you can not ask to be a Nielson home. It is picked at random by computer. The computer picks the address and we would have to go out and pitch the idea of joining the panel. Plus being a Nielson family you have to keep it a secret. If you are found to have told people outside the people who live in you home you will be removed from the panel.

    What I found interesting being an "insider" was the mindset to pirates of cable or Sat services. Nielson had a policy that if we saw any "black box" type of equipment we were not to discuss it EVER. Not even note it on any forms or to our fellow Nielson Reps. They want to monitor your viewing habits as if they were never there. So if you were watching "free" PPV's or what ever they want to note you watched the PPV but they don't care if you paid for it.

    I can tell you this put Nielson at major odds with all the cable companies as they wanted us to report the people we found and Nielson had to respectfully tell them to go take a Flying Leap... :)

    It was an interesting job, but not one I really enjoyed much and didn't stay with the company very long.
  18. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jul 3, 2004
    I got in too (on their second call attempt). They said they were sending me something to sign and return, but I still haven't received it. They are 100% scripted so you can't even ask them questions during their 'interview' with you on the phone. That was frustrating as I simply wanted to know WHO ALL was going to be monitoring my Tivo or Tivos.
  19. crimson-faith

    crimson-faith New Member

    Feb 23, 2007
    If you have a Nielsen Box, would you do so kind to watch a show called Veronica Mars on CW network? The show airs on Tuesday 9/8c on the CW network, right after Gilmore Girls. The show is on its Arc finale next week on February 27 on the CW.

    Veronica Mars is near cancellation and will be cancelled if the ratings won't go up anytime soon. Would you be so kind to use your Nielson Box and contribute a few thousand viewers to the show Veronica Mars? I would be very pleased if you decide to use your Nielsen Box for something thats worth it. Thank You!
  20. Ziggie

    Ziggie TiVo Since 2003

    Jan 20, 2004
    Under a...
    That wasn't my experience at all. My phone interview/convo lasted over 2 hours. I asked about everything I wanted to know.

    The above quoted post should be deleted. It is wrong on so many levels.

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