Surely some of you have been in my situation: five years ago I bought a dumb TV and I was happy. Even then, it was clear to me that I did not want a Smart TV —which was ‘smart’ and still has little— and that I would take care of it to give television a certain intelligence.
Finding an acceptable model then was (very) difficult. Doing it now is even more so, above all because virtually no manufacturer makes big dumb teles. And they don’t do them for a very good reason (for them).
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as they commented in Lifehackeralthough “there are many good reasons to have a Smart TV in this hyperconnected era”, there are also reasons not to buy one of these models.
The most important is that when you buy a smart TV you also expose yourself to the well-known re-collection of data. There are several manufacturers that monitor our activity —what we see, how much we see, when—and then sell that data to third parties.
it does of course Samsung and so do other manufacturers like Vizio. This last was sued and closed the case paying $2.2 million in 2017. His televisions they spy on us and listen to us with the eternal excuse that they can improve the user experience, but that data collection is a valuable treasure for these manufacturers.
And if not, let them tell the aforementioned Vizio, that in 2021 entered 38.4 million dollars in a single trimester for the monitoring and sale of viewing data and use of their televisions. How much did you earn from the sale of your televisions and sound bars? 48.2 million dollars in the same period. Almost the same.
The thing is going to surprising extremes, because some manufacturers include in their user interfaces intrusive ads what turn their GUIs into something absurd that has already been criticized in the world of computers: Microsoft did it on windows 10 and recently she was caught experimenting with advertising in the windows 11 explorer.
Some like Vizio they advertise during the live broadcast of content, well, for good. They call it “Jump Ads” and have signed deals with companies like Fox to run this type of extraordinarily intrusive advertising. One subscribes to a streaming platform to (among other things) not have to suffer from watching ads, and the TV manufacturer and you sneak them anyway.
It is, without a doubt, the last condemnation of that avalanche of smart televisions that, as I said, are rather little smart. Here’s an idea for manufacturers: make silly models too. We, the users, will take care of giving them intelligence with a Chromecast, a Fire TV Stick or a Raspberry Pi, for example.
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It’s getting harder and harder to find a dumb TV. And it’s because manufacturers want to be smarter and smarter