Netflix wants to pay you to watch movies and TV shows all day

Many of us, on occasion, enjoy the simple pleasure of switching off our brains, collapsing on the sofa and watching an entire season of a TV show, or a few movies back-to-back. Video on demand services like Netflix have made it easier than ever to indulge in this activity, although many of us can only dream of having the time to do it often. 

But if this sounds like your idea of heaven, Netflix may be about to make your dream come true. As Engadget reports, the company is planning to recruit someone whose job it will be to dig through the vast range of television programmes and films that Netflix selects for its viewers around the world. Yes, Netflix wants to pay you to watch TV. 

That's perhaps a slight over-simplification of what the role actually entails though - there will be some actual work involved. The job vacancy to be filled is that of a 'tagger', who will be required to watch shows and movies, and then 'tag' them with descriptive terms that the service's users are likely to search for. 

"This 'tagging process' is the first stage of the Netflix recommendation system," the company explains, "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." Between the tagging and the magic and witchcraft sophisticated software that powers the recommendation engine, Netflix is able to personalize its service as it strives to deliver content that appeals directly to its users.

There are a couple of caveats though. First of all, the company is recruiting solely in the United Kingdom and Ireland, so if you're in another part of the world, you're out of luck. Netflix also says that it would prefer someone with "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 suited." 

But if you meet these criteria, and you're still thinking of applying, we've saved the best news for last: you won't even have to travel to the office to get the job done, and flexible hours are on offer too. If you think you're the right person for the job, you can apply here, to pursue your goal of being paid to lounge around on the couch at home watching TV, while wearing nothing but a smile.

Source: Netflix via Engadget

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The Netflix tagging system is most silly.....

There's a ton of tags on a movie, so one movie can end up in categories that make no sense whatsoever.....

Strangely when I did have netflix streaming I never found anything good on it. I mean once I watched what as featured on the front page everything else was crap.

Everything was crap? Don't you like classic TV; every Star Trek series, Doctor Who, Adam 12, Emergency, Dragnet, The Munsters, The A-Team, Family Ties, Cheers, The Rockford Files, Twilight Zone, Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers, Quantum Leap, Amazing Stories, Farscape, Knight Rider, Magnum PI, Hawaii Five-O, Miami Vice, Leave it to Beaver, Andy Griffith, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Father Knows Best, The Wonder Years, etc plus a lot of new shows and tons of movies. All you can watch for $8 a month. Seems like a pretty awesome deal to me. :p

Bonfire said,
Everything was crap? Don't you like classic TV; every Star Trek series, Doctor Who, Adam 12, Emergency, Dragnet, The Munsters, The A-Team, Family Ties, Cheers, The Rockford Files, Twilight Zone, Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers, Quantum Leap, Amazing Stories, Farscape, Knight Rider, Magnum PI, Hawaii Five-O, Miami Vice, Leave it to Beaver, Andy Griffith, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Father Knows Best, The Wonder Years, etc plus a lot of new shows and tons of movies. All you can watch for $8 a month. Seems like a pretty awesome deal to me. :p


Damn Man, there are good TV shows that come out now, that it is hard to keep up with, and have a life!

Why one earth you want to watch any of those. I mean I LOVED quantum leap and many other shows on the list when I was younger.

First of all, the company is recruiting solely in the United Kingdom and Ireland, so if you're in another part of the world, you're out of luck...we've saved the best news for last: you won't even have to travel to the office to get the job done

I guess then that the reason for UK and Ireland applicants is due to location issues, rather than...err, location issues...Geo-locked programmes as opposed to physical location (that makes more sense...)

Pity, during my time in unemployment I've been doing a lot of this anyway. It would be nice to earn some money for it at the same time. :laugh:

I couldn't imagine a worse hell than watching TV obsessively for 8 hours a day, even if I was getting paid for it.

I like to watch TV, but just ask computer game testers what they think of their job.

Majesticmerc said,
I couldn't imagine a worse hell than watching TV obsessively for 8 hours a day, even if I was getting paid for it.

Unless that TV viewing includes watching reality shows 8 hours a day

Well, game testers have to work through bugs that are still in the game, so that adds frustration to it. This is just straight watching TV.

Majesticmerc said,
I like to watch TV, but just ask computer game testers what they think of their job.

I need you to tighten up the graphics on level 3.