Samsung smart TVs caught inserting unwanted ads into video apps

By Himanshu Arora ยท 16 replies
Feb 12, 2015
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  1. Just a day after it was discovered that its smart TVs are potentially eavesdropping on users and sharing the collected information, Samsung is facing a new wave of complaints, this time about interrupting advertisements.

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  2. dkbroadband

    dkbroadband TS Rookie Posts: 25

    That's more or less where this whole thing is going...More Big Brother all around, or as some are saying: "It's simply to improve the User Experience"....Call it what you wanna call -- I say it's wrong.
    rpjkw11 likes this.
  3. Just give me a dumb TV and I'll connect a Roku, Chromecast, or whatever device I want to make it smart.
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  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Why are those two clowns in the picture sitting so close to such a big TV grinning like Cheshire cats, don't they know it'll ruin their eyes? Not to mention give them stiff necks if they watch a tennis match.
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    The center channel speaker is also placed off center.
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,663   +1,949

    I'd say the brain is a far bigger issue, it gets steril faster than one goes blind ;)
  7. Paul Deemer

    Paul Deemer TS Rookie

    I gotta watch enough commercials as it is. Now advertisers are going to show up in my movies too? Sorry not gonna happen! I'll just purchase a Dumb TV! Sorry Samsung you went too far this time.
  8. Surprisingly, this one isn't Samsung's fault.

    "Meanwhile, some users were able to disable the ads by rejecting a Yahoo privacy policy in their TV set's settings"

    Yahoo's apps are invasive at the best of times. I've often wondered how they survived into the modern era after falling off the collective radar of relevance. They've taken the tactics of malware purveyors - forcing and injecting advertising into content that they've got nothing to do with.

    But why am I not surprised.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,255   +454

    Maybe you should email them... or maybe its it is hard to read. Regardless, they should be informed.
  10. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,265   +436

    That is an LED TV not a old tube tv. Its not shooting radiation directly into your eyeballs, I'm not sure that old myth applies on current technology.

    However I do agree they are way too close to a tv of that size.

    Anything over 60' requires you to be 8 feet from the TV at a minimum.
  11. Paul Deemer

    Paul Deemer TS Rookie

    They will be 8ft away when they lean back against the head rest to watch the movie. Jealous? ;-)
  12. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,265   +436

    Considering I own a 64` Samsung Plasma no not really :)
  13. This was due to "an error"? (Yeah right.)
  14. Paul Deemer

    Paul Deemer TS Rookie

    Well that a lot bigger than 64. I'm jealous.
  15. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    60"-70" HDTV's are pretty cheap now, even name brand ones.
    Still, my 1080p projector makes them all look....small. Hehehe hahaha.
  16. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,265   +436

    It's not much bigger maybe 75" and I prefer plasma to LCD/LED for image quality so they can keep it.

    Also the reason that seems so big is the angle of the shot and how close they are sitting to the TV. At the recommended distance for a tv of that size it will seem normal.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2015
  17. dkbroadband

    dkbroadband TS Rookie Posts: 25

    Amen to that! I have both - Apple TV & Roku, not to mention Chromecast. My smart Tv is an LG, but I'm sure it's not far off from Samsung, and it will probably act the same way as the above mentioned Samsung.

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