Samsung’s support team inadvertently gave a very good reason not to buy its QLED Smart TVs this morning. In a now deleted tweet, @SamsungSupport advised users that these displays should be scanned for viruses every few weeks to prevent malicious software attacks.
It’s pretty obvious why Samsung rescinded the message. Viruses and malware on PCs are already enough of a headache—nobody wants to deal with that on their TVs, too.
The obvious question here is why in the world doesn’t Samsung automate this process. When so many people don’t even know how to turn off motion smoothing, what are the chances that they’re going to be mindful of security practices? It also illustrates how dumb some smart TVs can be.