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How to Hack Together a TV Celebrity Silencer

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September 9, 2011 3:13:42 PM

Nice I would love this for commercials.
September 9, 2011 3:27:35 PM

Just wait. The media will find a way to sue over this.
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September 9, 2011 3:28:06 PM

So if CC is enabled, you won't hear the words that's filtered, but you are still going to read it?
September 9, 2011 3:33:09 PM

He probably did it becuase he could more than anything else. Glad to see someone put their brain to use.
September 9, 2011 3:33:10 PM

Problem is, if you programmed it to mute for all the useless crap on TV it would only be unmuted for about 4 minutes every day.
September 9, 2011 3:34:48 PM

One a side note: How about entering keywords that would turn your TV on (or unmute it) everytime something of interest came on? That would be cool.
September 9, 2011 3:55:32 PM

Re: beardguy

Yes, if you had specific interest areas, such as finance. But for a broader real news use, you'd had to know interesting stories before they arose to know keywords for it.
September 9, 2011 3:57:18 PM

^ its so rare, you'd miss it.
September 9, 2011 3:58:45 PM

You used to be able to leave CNN on all day and not have to worry, but they're just as bad these days with all the stupid Apple, Snookie reports, etc...
September 9, 2011 4:03:21 PM

lp231So if CC is enabled, you won't hear the words that's filtered, but you are still going to read it?


You don't need to have it on to get the data you need.
September 9, 2011 4:08:15 PM

Does this only work for the channel you are on or could it work for the raw feed of all the channels you subscribe to?

If so you could turn it round and have it look for certain keywords of interest and change channels when it arrives.
September 9, 2011 4:08:42 PM

CC is embedded regardless of whether or not you have it turned on, it's that stream that he's extracting data from.
September 9, 2011 4:09:11 PM

I think the real shocker of this article is that people actually still watch the news on TV.
September 9, 2011 4:12:11 PM

lp231So if CC is enabled, you won't hear the words that's filtered, but you are still going to read it?

"...he hacked his TV signal and decoded the closed-captioning transmission track."
He didn't enabled the CC at all, prior to the signal reaching the TV the little aparatus decodes the signal's CC "track", when certain words appear it send a signal to the remote controler whitch actives the mute.
September 9, 2011 4:41:02 PM

retrigI think the real shocker of this article is that people actually still watch the news on TV.


Watching local news here will always be better than trying to read the local paper. It's a minefield of typos, misspellings, and continuations on other pages completely disappearing =/
September 9, 2011 5:01:05 PM

what a waste of time.
September 9, 2011 5:55:05 PM

With the poor TV content in my country, it is better to keep the tv off.
September 9, 2011 6:33:26 PM

Wait... intelligent people actually watch TV anymore? Here I thought we were all enlightened enough to get all our news from Toms Hardware!
September 9, 2011 6:34:48 PM

back_by_demandDoes this only work for the channel you are on or could it work for the raw feed of all the channels you subscribe to?If so you could turn it round and have it look for certain keywords of interest and change channels when it arrives.


Back when I had my all-in-wonder pro card, it had software that would do exactly that. You put in some keywords and it would flip to those stations when they came up.
September 9, 2011 6:44:15 PM

Why in the world would somebody look for a commercial station not wanting to see commercial content???? change it to PBS, better, easier and cheaper hack, and for the office public radio any one?....
September 9, 2011 7:05:08 PM

Nice gadget, but I think it would be far more effective to forcibly eliminate the stupid at the source.
September 9, 2011 7:36:42 PM

a=mc2 x 3 + 93id x a(f+c)x8p/9(2 + m)= whoohooo silence!!!!..way to much work to avoid idiotic celebrities.. I just change the channel.

September 9, 2011 11:44:24 PM

Since when did Radio Shack start selling Arduino boards?
September 10, 2011 3:41:51 AM

It sounds like a pretty cool idea,but it can go wrong quite easily if something of interest to you has those key words come up.
September 10, 2011 4:05:53 AM

Please modify and mute my mother in law please........
September 10, 2011 6:28:06 AM

Can we have one for commercials? They're usually 50% louder than the programming itself and it's extremely irritating.
September 10, 2011 12:58:16 PM

Here's an idea, cancel cable.


Save $50 to $200 a month. Use Redbox, Netflix or whatever and watch movies on "your" schedule. No commercials. Get news and such from the internet.
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