Samsung Says It Can Remotely Disable Stolen TV Sets, Activates Function in South Africa

 Samsung Says It Can Remotely Disable Stolen TV Sets, Activates Function in South Africa

Samsung Says It Can Remotely Disable Stolen TV Sets, Activates Function in South Africa

Samsung has revealed its TVs can be remotely disabled if the company finds out the units have been stolen. This feature is called the "Television Block Function" it was recently activated in South Africa after a number of Samsung TVs were taken from a company warehouse during a wave of protests and unrest.

Meanwhile, the technology is already pre-loaded on all Samsung TV products in the sense that only the rightful owners with a valid proof of purchase will be able to use the television sets.

However, for the TV Block Function to work, Samsung needs to know the serial code of the stolen unit. When the set connects to the internet, it checks its serial code against a list on Samsung's servers, and disables all TV functionality if it finds a match.

Samsung Can Now Remotely Disable Stolen TVs 

the technology is already pre-loaded on all Samsung TV products in the sense that only the rightful owners with a valid proof of purchase will be able to use the television sets


Mike van Leer, director of consumer electronics at Samsung South Africa, said the technology could have a positive impact at the moment and will continue to be used in the future.

Meanwhile, the company has announced that if customers in South Africa have one of their TVs blocked by accident, they can have the block lifted by sending proof of purchase to zaservicemanager@samsung.com
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