Samsung has come under fire more than once in recent weeks. In one incident, owners of its Smart TVs have been complaining that Samsung is inserting Pepsi ads during the playback of their own locally stored movies. Samsung initially tried to sell ads on its Smart TVs, but quietly stopped the distribution of paid apps for its Smart TVs and connected Blu-ray players about a year ago because it realized that most people simply didn’t want to pay for TV apps. This isn’t a huge surprise, considering that publishers generally prefer subscription models such as Netflix that allow them to monetize their content across different platforms. (With Netflix, consumers pay Netflix directly, which allows the company to make its service available on mobile as well as connected devices without having to share its revenue with any platform operator.)
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on March 5, 2015. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Zeichner, Jessica, "Your Samsung Smart TV May Not be Spying On You, But Here’s Why You Should Still Be Careful" (2015). AELJ Blog. 65.