Dream job: Netflix hunts people to watch TV

Binge watching Orange is the New Black becomes lucrative. Netflix offers original content such as House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.

Yes, this is for real: Netflix is advertising for people to watch TV for a living.

The fantasy-level deal will mean the successful applicant will be paid to sit at home and binge on TV all day.

The online on-demand streaming giant is hunting for TV and movie lovers to watch content in the role of a tagger.

Taggers categorise content to help tailor recommendations for Netflix’s 48 million subscribers, personalising suggestions for viewers.

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

“The role will offer flexible hours working from home and would suit those with a passion for films and TV programs.”

The content provider also streams original content such as House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey, and Orange Is the New Black.

The successful applicant will also act as a “cultural consultant”, highlighting “cultural specificities and taste preferences”.

Bad news for Australian TV addicts, however, is that the role is only open to UK and Irish applicants. But since Netflix will likely launch in Australia next year, future taggers could be in luck.

For Netflix, the Australian market is ripe for the picking as it already has between 150,000 and 200,000 Australian subscriptions, according to unofficial estimates.

It could put a squeeze on more expensive services, such as Foxtel, since Netflix is priced at about $US10 per month. There are still some hurdles, however.

While Australia’s internet is carrying its present load without too many issues, the arrival of Netflix may pose challenges. And Australian capped internet “plans” are also an issue; in the US, internet plans are uncapped as an industry standard, allowing consumers unlimited data downloads.

But here’s to hoping.

– with Michael Idato

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