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#1 OFFLINE   Karl Foster

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Posted 29 October 2003 - 11:23 PM

Just got our little log books in the mail yesterday and beginning tomorrow, we log every program we watch on each tv for a week. Should prove quite interesting. They told me that shows we don't watch live (we never watch live tv any more) just to write the word time-shifted next to the title.

Have any of the rest of you been asked to be a Nielsen family?
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#2 OFFLINE   Mark Holtz

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Posted 30 October 2003 - 12:07 AM

Interesting, but aren't you supposed to sign a NDA saying that you are not to disclose the fact that you are a Neilson family?
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#3 OFFLINE   Karl Foster

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Posted 30 October 2003 - 12:31 AM

I didn't sign anything, and none of the paperwork says anything about a NDA.
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Posted 30 October 2003 - 09:47 AM

Just got our little log books in the mail yesterday and beginning tomorrow, we log every program we watch on each tv for a week. Should prove quite interesting. They told me that shows we don't watch live (we never watch live tv any more) just to write the word time-shifted next to the title.

Have any of the rest of you been asked to be a Nielsen family?


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Posted 30 October 2003 - 09:50 AM

Just got our little log books in the mail yesterday and beginning tomorrow, we log every program we watch on each tv for a week. Should prove quite interesting. They told me that shows we don't watch live (we never watch live tv any more) just to write the word time-shifted next to the title.

Have any of the rest of you been asked to be a Nielsen family?


I did the Neilson thing once. Keeping the logs was kind of pain but it was fun nevertheless.

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Posted 30 October 2003 - 01:26 PM

Very cool, Karl. I've done the arbitron ratings for radio once, but haven't had the opportunity to do the neilsons.
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Posted 30 October 2003 - 03:30 PM

I've done the radio thing three times now, but never TV. Ah the power I would wield if only I had it. ;)

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Posted 30 October 2003 - 05:21 PM

DannyR, quit distracting me with that avatar of yours... :grin:

With all the time-scrunching I do between 3 TiVos, I think having to log it would be a royal pain.

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Posted 31 October 2003 - 03:39 PM

For a couple of years, we got the paper log books in the mail 2-3 times a year. They never came with an NDA either. We also had 3 TVs, 2 with Dishplayers on them. Tracking who was watching what on what TV and getting the correct logbook was a bit of pain, but I figured if it helped keep some of my favorites shows then it was worth it.

Of course, having a DP, on more than a couple of ocassions we had to log shows that we had recorded but the DP had dumped before we ever had a chance to actually watch it. Good thing their wasn't a quiz. We figured our intent counted for something!

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Posted 31 October 2003 - 03:53 PM

With all the time-scrunching I do between 3 TiVos, I think having to log it would be a royal pain.


That's why TiVo has the history list/ToDo list, so you can see what's been recorded and dutifully report back to Nielsen.

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Posted 31 October 2003 - 06:56 PM

we did this last year but thekepping up with three books was to much for us. i hope the real nielson tracking is more sophisticated...

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Posted 31 October 2003 - 10:03 PM

I also did the books thing a couple of years ago, it did become a little tedious with 3 books. Give me the black box that does it automatically!

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Posted 01 November 2003 - 10:23 AM

Please write down that you watch a lot of repeats of 'Family Guy' and pray that they thing that show back!

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Posted 02 November 2003 - 01:45 AM

Couldn't have said it better myself.


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Posted 02 November 2003 - 05:53 PM

We were asked to be a Nielson Family last summer but then they said they didn't support the Dish PVR 508 receiver we have...so we were turned down.
I wonder how many families are turned down because of unsupported Dish (or DBS) receivers?

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Posted 03 November 2003 - 09:26 AM

It would be interesting at my house to have a Nielson box considering my girlfriend leaves her dog there with the TV on Cartoon Network all day. I wonder how to log that.

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Posted 03 November 2003 - 09:19 PM

I have done this two or three times, and they waited for a number of years in between doing so. Last time they sent a dollar bill with the logbook thanking me for participating (before even sending the logbook back) perhaps bribing people to fill it out, who knows.

I had a customer once that I got charged back on that had a Nielson setup with PrimeStar and I found out that it was due to the customer calling Dish Network telling them that their receiver was not capable of doing the Neilson tracking through their receiver that Dish Network swapped the receiver with one that had a serial port in the back. I got charged back more than I even made and I told Dish Network that I refused to pay for Nielson's hookup and that I was going to turn them into the Better Business Bureau and Attorney General and I got my money back after a year's time.

The family was on a long-term Nielson rating group that monitered not through a logbook but it was automatically done I believe. This has been about 4 years ago.

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Posted 09 November 2003 - 07:10 AM

I have done this two or three times, and they waited for a number of years in between doing so. Last time they sent a dollar bill with the logbook thanking me for participating (before even sending the logbook back) perhaps bribing people to fill it out, who knows.

I had a customer once that I got charged back on that had a Nielson setup with PrimeStar and I found out that it was due to the customer calling Dish Network telling them that their receiver was not capable of doing the Neilson tracking through their receiver that Dish Network swapped the receiver with one that had a serial port in the back. I got charged back more than I even made and I told Dish Network that I refused to pay for Nielson's hookup and that I was going to turn them into the Better Business Bureau and Attorney General and I got my money back after a year's time.

The family was on a long-term Nielson rating group that monitered not through a logbook but it was automatically done I believe. This has been about 4 years ago.


JacobS - I am sorry to hear about your chargeback issues. If that ever happens again please PM me and I will be happy to help out.

#19 OFFLINE   Karl Foster

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Posted 09 November 2003 - 07:37 PM

JacobS - I am sorry to hear about your chargeback issues. If that ever happens again please PM me and I will be happy to help out.


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Posted 09 November 2003 - 10:36 PM

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