Just when you thought it was safe to buy a new television, along comes Samsung. It’s not that the company’s televisions are bad; I have a Samsung TV and it’s got a great picture and decent sound for a flat panel. It’s the advanced features that are giving some people trouble. It’s not just your television listening in on your conversations, either. Some Samsung Smart TVs have been displaying pop-up ads for Pepsi. The trouble is when users use their smart televisions to stream video. That’s when the Pepsi ads pop up.
“I have recently upgraded my Plex Media Server to version 0.9.1101 and every 10-15 minutes whilst watching content on my Samsung TV I get a Pepsi advertisement showing!” user Mike wrote on the Samsung support forums. ”At first I thought I was seeing things but no it repeats. Sometimes I can get out of it and go back to my media, others it hangs the app and the TV restarts.”
Well, unwanted pop-up ads are bad, but when they interfere with the act of watching television–the sole purpose for that big flat thing in the living room that makes the noises and shows the pictures–that’s crossing a line. I’m glad I have a dumb TV, and I don’t think I want a TV where I’d have to install pop-up blockers just to enjoy my Netflix.Technorati Tags: plex, popup ads on streaming television, popup ads on tv, samsung, samsung popup ads, samsung smart tv, samsung smart tvs have popup ads, samsung tv with popup ads, smart television