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Whaat??!! We Love this Must-Read Story: Some Samsung Smart (Insistent?) TV Sets Are Adding –on Their Own — a Pepsi Commercial to Programs Viewers are Streaming that Are Supposed to Be Commercial Free

Feb 12, 2015  •  Post A Comment

“Pesky Samsung just can’t seem to leave our TV watching alone,” reports the U.K. newspaper the Daily Mirror. “First, the South Korean tech giant revealed spy tellys that’ll listen to your conversations and now it seems they’re automatically inserting ads into movies played from a hard drive.”

It’s happening down-under, in Australia, where viewers are complaining that a Pepsi commercial keeps showing up if they are watching a program that they are streaming to the TV sets.

“‘Every movie I play 20-30 minutes in it plays the Pepsi ad, no audio but crisp clear ad. It has happened on 6 movies today,’ said one user, with others reporting the same problem.

“The affected users were watching their movies through the Plex app, which allows you to stream your own content from a PC or network storage device to your TV.”

Owners of the app said they are not inserting the commercials and, the story, says, Samsung has “accepted the blame” for the insertion of the spot.

Samsung has issued this statement, the Mirror says: “We are aware of a situation that has caused some Smart TV users in Australia to experience programme interruption in the form of an advertisement. This seems to be caused by an error, and we are currently conducting a full and thorough investigation into the cause as our top priority. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience experienced by our customers.”

The story adds, “Worryingly, it looks like Samsung might have accidentally turned on automatic ad insertion in third-party apps.”

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