Theater owners want to block cell phones

And you know what? I’m all for it. With ALL of the warnings to turn off your cell phone, there are always some morons that leave theirs on because of… well, I suppose I’ll just say that they can’t read… but we all secretly know that they’re just rude people in general.

The National Association of Theater Owners wants the Federal Communications Commission to allow the blocking of cell phone signals in theaters.

And you know what’s funny about all of this? Those that know me, know that while I don’t speak of my job much here (for obvious reasons), it does involve the telecommunications industry. I have brought up the idea of creating a device that forces cell phones to vibrate mode that would be considered a “cellular etiquette device”. Needless to say, my employer failed to see the profitability of this and basically laughed at me for bringing it up about a year ago. Go figure, here’s the niche market along with restaurants and the like. Too bad they just never saw the potential. Perhaps someone else will. In fact, Qualcomm has a division over in Winston-Salem. Perhaps I should float a bug over there to see if someone bites.
Via UnitedPressInternational

  • The problem with blogging any RF signal is always public safety. If a business is blocking an RF band, it may also be blocking access for public service radios or even first-responders who may be taking a break.
    The STRONG ARM of the USHER may be a better solution. Sure it involves personal interaction with the offender; but it does not harm the remaining public.
    The other issue is that once these devices are officially on the market, everyone will have them – effectively destroying any reliability of cell phones.

  • The problem with blogging any RF signal is always public safety. If a business is blocking an RF band, it may also be blocking access for public service radios or even first-responders who may be taking a break.
    The STRONG ARM of the USHER may be a better solution. Sure it involves personal interaction with the offender; but it does not harm the remaining public.
    The other issue is that once these devices are officially on the market, everyone will have them – effectively destroying any reliability of cell phones.

  • Sorry. I wasn’t being clear. Direct blocking is a bad thing. I got on a roll since I had something patentable for my employer and they scoffed at it. It would also help the “strong arm” tactic for cellular etiquette since no one else seems to care.
    RF blockers are already out there. Legal to buy, not legal to use. My question is, when is someone going to work on something that actually forces the public to pay attention to some rules, since some people need to be forced?

  • darkmoon

    Sorry. I wasn’t being clear. Direct blocking is a bad thing. I got on a roll since I had something patentable for my employer and they scoffed at it. It would also help the “strong arm” tactic for cellular etiquette since no one else seems to care.
    RF blockers are already out there. Legal to buy, not legal to use. My question is, when is someone going to work on something that actually forces the public to pay attention to some rules, since some people need to be forced?

  • From some direct observation I’ve noticed a few places in the Triangle that already seem to kill cellphone service illegally.

  • From some direct observation I’ve noticed a few places in the Triangle that already seem to kill cellphone service illegally.

  • I like the idea in practice, but have a hesitation in why should I be forced to lose my access when I am respectful of others just because there are idiots out there?
    And no matter what you do about the cell phones, it is not going to change the behavior of people who talk loudly about everything BUT the movie, the people who have to get up every five seconds but refuse to sit on an aisle, and people who bring small children (sleeping babies who are taken out if they wake are alright with me) like toddlers to adult themed movies at night— this will not stop them.
    And the messages before the movies? No one pays them any attention. Also, there is no one personally standing there for people to identify as someone who will hold them responsible for being impolite.
    When the theaters provide some training and assertive workers, then you may see a change. The kid who is out to make gas and insurance money is not going to be bothered by something they didn’t see/hear. And inevitably, if you do complain, when the usher comes in, they miraculously stop.
    I love seeing movies. While I choke on the price of a ticket, if it is in a nice theater I’m going to enjoy seeing it on the big screen. It is just when the experience is ruined by someone who wouldn’t be as rude at home in their house that I lose faith in the theater business.

  • I like the idea in practice, but have a hesitation in why should I be forced to lose my access when I am respectful of others just because there are idiots out there?
    And no matter what you do about the cell phones, it is not going to change the behavior of people who talk loudly about everything BUT the movie, the people who have to get up every five seconds but refuse to sit on an aisle, and people who bring small children (sleeping babies who are taken out if they wake are alright with me) like toddlers to adult themed movies at night— this will not stop them.
    And the messages before the movies? No one pays them any attention. Also, there is no one personally standing there for people to identify as someone who will hold them responsible for being impolite.
    When the theaters provide some training and assertive workers, then you may see a change. The kid who is out to make gas and insurance money is not going to be bothered by something they didn’t see/hear. And inevitably, if you do complain, when the usher comes in, they miraculously stop.
    I love seeing movies. While I choke on the price of a ticket, if it is in a nice theater I’m going to enjoy seeing it on the big screen. It is just when the experience is ruined by someone who wouldn’t be as rude at home in their house that I lose faith in the theater business.