Samsung is adding new obtrusive ads to your old smart TV – The Verge

If you’re Samsung and you want to wring additional cash out of your television business, what do you do? Add annoying advertisements to TVs that people already have in their homes, apparently.┬áThe Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung is readying the European expansion of an initiative it started in the United States last June: adding interactive advertisements to the menu bars of its high-end smart TVs. The impact isn’t going to be limited just to customers buying new Samsung televisions, either, as the company reportedly plans to use software updates to retroactively bring the ads to older models that people already have in their homes.

I’ve been considering buying a new TV, but I read stuff like this, and it turns me off. Not to mention the fact that buying a TV these days is more complicated than buying a computer…

Source: Samsung is adding new obtrusive ads to your old smart TV | The Verge

6 thoughts on “Samsung is adding new obtrusive ads to your old smart TV – The Verge

  1. Kirk, we’ve had an LG “Smart” TV (with 3D, which it turns out we can’t stand) for 2 years. There’s nothing smart about smart TVs. Apple TV and Roku are far superior (I use the Apple TV FAR more than the cable/broadcast side). Smart TVs are slow, cludgy, have questionable connectivity, their apps crash continuously, etc. We’d never get one again. Get the best HD TV for your budget and skip “smart” altogether, is my advice.

    • They’re all smart these days. I have a Panasonic that I bought about three years ago, and I don’t use any of the “smart” features, with the exception of the BBC iPlayer (which lets you view BBC programs up to a month after they’ve aired). So I don’t really care about the smartness; if I could find a TV that wasn’t smart, I’d certainly be interested.

  2. Kirk, we’ve had an LG “Smart” TV (with 3D, which it turns out we can’t stand) for 2 years. There’s nothing smart about smart TVs. Apple TV and Roku are far superior (I use the Apple TV FAR more than the cable/broadcast side). Smart TVs are slow, cludgy, have questionable connectivity, their apps crash continuously, etc. We’d never get one again. Get the best HD TV for your budget and skip “smart” altogether, is my advice.

    • They’re all smart these days. I have a Panasonic that I bought about three years ago, and I don’t use any of the “smart” features, with the exception of the BBC iPlayer (which lets you view BBC programs up to a month after they’ve aired). So I don’t really care about the smartness; if I could find a TV that wasn’t smart, I’d certainly be interested.

  3. You need the big screen? We have a receiver of the provider connected to 23 inch monitor…
    AppleTV and ipad will do the rest. Next step is ending tv subscription (UPC), move to just glassfiber and watch movie/tv with ipad.

  4. You need the big screen? We have a receiver of the provider connected to 23 inch monitor…
    AppleTV and ipad will do the rest. Next step is ending tv subscription (UPC), move to just glassfiber and watch movie/tv with ipad.

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