Samsung TVs come with a ‘secret’ feature, here’s what it does – Times of India

Samsung has disclosed that all its TVs come preloaded with a feature that lets the company remotely disable them if they’re stolen. In a bid to tackle the issue of stolen TVs from its warehouses in South Africa, Samsung has announced that it is activating this feature — called Television Block Function — on all its TV sets. According to the South Korean tech giant, “blocking system is intended to be implemented in respect of televisions that have been obtained by users through unlawful means and in some cases, stolen from the Samsung warehouses.”
How does Samsung Television Block Function work
Samsung explains that TV Block is a remote, security solution that is supposed to detect if Samsung TV units have been unduly activated. The company says that it wants to ensure that the television sets can only be used by the rightful owners with a valid proof of purchase.
The blocking of the Samsung TV will come into effect when the user of a stolen television connects to the internet, which is necessary to operate the smart television.
Samsung says that once the TV gets connected to the internet, the serial number of the device is identified on the Samsung server and the blocking system is implemented, which will disable all the television functions.
Does Samsung Television Block Function work in other regions too?
In its official communication, Samsung has said that this technology is already pre-loaded on all Samsung TV products. It also claims that the technology is meant to stop the creation of secondary markets linked to the sale of illegal goods, both in South Africa and beyond its borders. However, the implementation of the Television Block Function seems to be applicable for TVs in South Africa only for now.
“Samsung has activated TV Block on all Samsung television sets looted from our Cato Ridge distribution centre in KZN since the 11th of July 2021,” said the company.

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