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This secret feature in Samsung TVs is simply awesome; here’s what it can do

Samsung TVs have this secret blocking system that comes alive if these sets have been obtained through unlawful means.
Samsung TVs have this secret blocking system that comes alive if these sets have been obtained through unlawful means. (Samsung)

  • Samsung TVs come with a secret feature that can come into play when they have been unduly activated.

Samsung has announced that all its TVs come with a useful feature that you might not know about. The company can remotely disable a TV if it is stolen. Samsung is tackling the issue of stolen TVs from warehouses in South Africa by enabling this feature, which is called Television Block. The 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.

According to Samsung, TV Block is a remote, security solution that detects if Samsung TV units have been unduly activated, and ensures that the television sets can only be used by the rightful owners with valid proof of purchase The company aims to mitigate against the creation of secondary markets linked to the sale of illegal goods, both in South Africa and beyond its borders. It is already pre-loaded on all Samsung TV products.

“In keeping with our values to leverage the power of technology to resolve societal challenges, we will continuously develop and expand strategic products in our consumer electronics division with defence-grade security, purpose-built, with innovative and intuitive business tools designed for a new world. This technology can have a positive impact at this time, and will also be of use to both the industry and customers in the future, “said Mike Van Lier, Director of Consumer Electronics at Samsung South Africa.

The blocking will come into effect when the user of a stolen television connects to the internet, in order to operate the television. Once connected, the serial number of the television is identified on the Samsung server and the blocking system is implemented, disabling all the television functions. Should a customer’s TV be incorrectly blocked, the functionality can be reinstated once proof of purchase and a valid TV license is shared to serv.manager@samsung.com.

“As an organisation we acknowledge the critical role in giving our customers and client the peace of mind. Working together, we can overcome the impact of the unprecedented disruption to business, as experienced by many of us recently. We will continue to review the situation and will make adjustments as necessary to ensure business continuity for all, “concludes Van Lier.

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