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Getting paid to watch Netflix

Updated: Monday, July 7 2014, 07:59 PM CDT

Netflix wants YOU... to watch movies in bed.

The streaming media site is looking for a qualified candidate in the United Kingdom or Ireland to help with its recommendation system by watching movies and TV shows. The Netflix "tagger" chooses from a pool of more than 1,000 descriptive tags to accurately describe the flick from the plot to the overall mood.

(Sorry,
Americans. A Netflix representative said that the company does not have
any plans currently to hire additional taggers in the U.S.)

Netflix
reportedly employs dozens of taggers in multiple countries. The system
emerged after Netflix noticed that some users were not rating shows,
which is what the service initially relied on to generate
recommendations.

"The things is for some people it is a bit of a nice challenge to give things a star rating but for a lot of our users they considered that work,"
Netflix's Vice President of Product Innovation Todd Yellin told Tech
Radar. "The core stuff for us now is paying attention to what users
watch. That can tell us how many categories they like so the tagging
effort started heading in that direction."

According to the job listing on Netflix's site:

This
“tagging process” is the first stage of the Netflix recommendation
system and works in concert with advanced algorithms that generate
highly personalized suggestions for every one of Netflix’s nearly 50
million members, offering them an individualized set of titles matching
their tastes.

But don't think the paid position just involves watching movies in bed. The tagging process apparently requires a bit of experience and a fair amount of note-taking.

The listing continues:

The
role will offer flexible hours working from home and would suit those
with a passion for films and TV programmes, as evidenced by a degree in
film or film history and/or experience directing, screening writing or
filmmaking. Applicants with analysis experience (e.g. as a critic or
work in development) would also be well suited.

In 2012, Canada.com writer Russ Martin interviewed Toronto-based filmmaker Jordan Canning, who gets paid to watch and describe about five Netflix programs per week. As she watches, Canning keeps meticulously documents details of each program in an Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

"It
covers everything from big picture stuff like storyline, scene and
tone, to details of whether there is a lot of smoking in the movie,"
Canning said of the requirements.

Getting paid to watch Netflix


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