Samsung TV puts ads in videos you own

11 February 2015

Samsung Adverts on TV and online videos are nothing new, but how would you feel about a television that puts advertisements into videos you own? You'd be weirded out at the least and furious at the most.

Well, after the Big Brother TV Sets debacle with Samsung, we now hear of one of their smart TVs inserting commercials into a video that were stored locally on a Plex media server. The Reddit user in question complained that a Pepsi ad played while they were watching shows and movies on his Samsung television.

Of course, this could well be a look into the future as advertisers try and get their wares into as many platforms as possible. However, in this case, it looks like it was an error Samsung's part, with a bit of faulty programming.

It seems a few people have had this problem and it isn't happening on sets made by anyone else. A recent software update seems to be the cause of this particular irritant.

The way to stop this happening, if you're the owner of a Samsung TV set, is to click "disagree with the Yahoo Privacy Notice" in the options in your Samsung's Smart Hub options.

However, this does appear to be something Samsung are interested in, as in 2014, the company said that they were looking at "interactive experiences" which will be offered to people on an 'opt-in' basis.

Both issues are have a similarity though - it appears that Samsung are treating your data with a reasonable amount of recklessness and, if they don't get these problems sorted, they might find that customers are going to lose all confidence in them.

TOPICS:   Privacy   TV   Mobile

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