Samsung jubilantly announced at this year’s CES as 2015 being “just the beginning of an incredible smart TV future”. And they were right. Incredibly bad.
Within the last week, Samsung has had two major issues with its SmartTV platform. The first cropped up late last week when a concerning passage in Samsung’s SmartTV security policy basically told people to be careful what they say in front of the television. This spouted outrage, with many turning to the oft-quoted futurist George Orwell and his manifesto on our f**ked-up future, 1984.
Fast forward about four days later, and Samsung has yet another problem. Third party apps on Samsung TVs, including Plex and Foxtel, began pushing unwanted Pepsi ads on Australian viewers’ own, locally stored content. Foxtel quickly responded saying the problem was on Samsung’s end and that the ads definitely shouldn’t be there. Samsung Australia eventually responded that the problem had been rectified and that the company had no plans for these kinds of ads “in the near future.” Oh… great.