Televisions used to be great for just one thing—watching TV. But a more connected world brought with it Smart TVs, devices that can access the web, stream Netflix, and even mirror your smartphone's display. And with this level of connectivity, OEMs like Samsung saw it fit to place targeted and interactive ads on your screen.
This customer intrusion was further exemplified by Samsung's recent controversy of some of their Smart TVs listening to conversations via its voice recognition software. Here's the policy notice that raised eyebrows:
"Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition."
Yikes! While the company has clarified that their TVs only listen to commands when the feature is turned on and nothing more, folks have started to examine what else their TVs are doing without their knowledge. Which brings us back to those darn ads.
You can also disable these features by going to Menu -> Smart Features -> Apps Settings -> SyncPlus.
Note: Your model may say "I disagree with the SyncPlus Privacy Notice" instead of "I consent." In that case, make sure to check the box.
With these options now disabled, you can enjoy the plethora of conventional ads every five to ten minutes. Do you find these ad features helpful or harmful to the viewing experience? Let us know in the comment section below, or over on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter.