July 10, 2014

Want to Sit Around All Day & Watch Netflix? Here's How You Can Get Paid to Do It

Do you watch hours upon hours of shows and movies on Netflix? Wish you could get paid for all that time you log? Turns out the company is looking for people to do exactly this as part of their recommendation system for viewers. In a new job listing, Netflix is seeking people just like you who can watch and analyze both movies and TV shows, and then describe them with tags before they start streaming to the general public. Here's a video that breaks it all down:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F10RFx3h3WI

The one catch is that this listing is only for those living in the UK and Ireland, so the rest of us are out of luck to get in on what seems like a dream job:

Successful applicants will be responsible for watching and analyzing films and TV programmes that will be streaming on Netflix in the future. The tagger will deconstruct the films and programmes and describe them using objective tags. 

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.

Today actually caught up with one of these taggers in the US, who works part-time for Netflix and still has time to pursue writing:

After the requisite cup [of coffee] has been consumed, Harty sets up shop at a workstation in his bedroom in the apartment he shares with a roommate. He parks himself in his ergo chair — a necessary tool of the trade — in front of his two-screen setup. On the right screen he opens the online tool that has the data that Netflix is collecting, and on the left he cues up one of the titles he’s been assigned to watch.

Though the job requires hours of screen time, he’s not sitting there in sweatpants snacking on foods filled with trans fats. Harty says he's careful to stay focused and engaged while breathing in the ocean air through the window of his Venice Beach apartment.

“I know this is not real work," he says. "But I’m proud of it and I’m proud of the quality. I keep in mind that I’m working and not slacking off. My mindset is that it’s still work and I’m at a desk.”

Head on over to the Netflix site if you'd like to apply.

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19 Comments

I know this sounds like a decent job at first, but thinking about it I couldn't think of anything worse. Sitting in front of your TV and enjoying a good series is a reward for most people. A reward for working all day and something to look forward to. Turning that into a job, where you had to sit through everything,g would suck the fun out of it.

July 10, 2014 at 4:47AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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GJ

You'll probably have to sit through some pretty crappy shows as well.

July 10, 2014 at 10:05AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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alex

aha imagine having to watch the whole series of keeping up with the kardashians

July 10, 2014 at 10:33AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Of course the UK. They have plenty of time. Everyone there is on the dole ;)

July 10, 2014 at 6:08AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Steve

Is there a report function for dumb, racist comments?

July 10, 2014 at 10:07AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ed

Or maybe they just have better vocabulary. And the UK isn't a race, but a nation, last I checked.

July 10, 2014 at 12:47PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Carl

Troll harder.

July 10, 2014 at 1:40PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ed

Pointing out that you're wrong is not trolling dude.

July 10, 2014 at 3:52PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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NMA

Why is that racist?

July 10, 2014 at 4:18PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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john jeffries

I'm British and find the educational standard here is so much better than the US. Our unemployment levels are much the same as the US. Of course we were damaged by the Bank crisis that originated in the US banks. The probably accounts for why the £ is so high against the $.

July 13, 2014 at 10:46AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Let me know when it reaches Australia. I want to do this, since I sit in bed watching Netflix all day anyway.

July 10, 2014 at 7:03AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Natalie

Yes, and I would very much like to sit around and watch Netflix in the UK !!! They do relocation, right? ;)

July 10, 2014 at 8:27AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Pat

Wouldn't you just love to be this guy's roommate. He spends all day in the house with the TV on, so he can supplement his "writing" career. You get home after a 12 hour day, there he is, as he has been all day, sitting in the dark with the blue light of the television flickering on his face. A look of fear and confusion in his eyes as you open the door. A dent has now formed in the couch you bought where he plants his ass all day. A layer of dust created from his molting skin flakes covers the lamp, the television and floats in the air you breath. Leftover Digiornio pizza crusts from days ago. It becomes impossible to spend time in the living room as the air is so thick with his stench, so you go straight to your bedroom. You've long given up arguing about how he only wants to pay his "half" of all the household expenses of which he uses 90 percent. He gets angry when you bring up his cleanliness. You put in your earbuds and drift off to a podcast because you've got to get up for work in six hours, only to be shookin awake by the bass from a Transformer's action scene an hour later. It makes you so angry it takes another hour and a half to fall back to sleep.

July 10, 2014 at 11:40AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Derek

The stench will be diminished. Let's not forget that he keeps the window open so that the ocean air from his venice beach apartment can roll in.

July 10, 2014 at 2:16PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jim

Man - I bet you are fun at a Party Derek

July 14, 2014 at 7:52AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Dheep'

I could go for this!

July 10, 2014 at 12:31PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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My name is Gene...

My country has no netflix. How about changing that?

July 10, 2014 at 8:12PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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rumpel

THere are alternatives or workarounds.

July 10, 2014 at 11:21PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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maghoxfr

Same things happens with sports watchers or whatever they are called. They have to watch and report to live score websites or gambling websites etc. It sounds cool watching sports (for some people), but after you're forced to it, it's a nightmare.

July 10, 2014 at 11:21PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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