Samsung TV Block will remotely disable stolen TVs

While it is more trivial to steal a handheld device such as a smartphone, there are times when organized crime or angry mobs try to take larger goods with them. Last month, riots in South African cities escalated into riots, during which crowds often loot unguarded shops.

This, of course, comes at a cost to the affected retailers, which is why Samsung is introducing a new TV lock feature designed to prevent stolen TVs from being stolen and resold by effectively locking them out.

It works in a similar way to how stolen phones can be locked or even erased, but the process does not start with the owner of the phone. When a Samsung TV connects to the Internet, its serial number is sent to the company’s server and checked to see if it has been flagged as stolen. If so, then the locking system comes into play and all functions are disabled, rendering it useless.

Legitimate buyers whose TVs have been blocked by mistake can appeal the decision by submitting proof of purchase and a valid TV license. Unfortunately, those who buy TV from unauthorized resellers or in the gray market may not have this data.

TV Block is already preinstalled on all Samsung TVs and is not limited to South African markets. But you need to understand that this solution will not prevent thieves from disassembling the TV and using or selling the components separately.

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Alexandr Ivanov earned his Licentiate Engineer in Systems and Computer Engineering from the Free International University of Moldova. Since 2013, Alexandr has been working as a freelance web programmer.
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