Samsung says they can disable their TVs remotely using ‘Serial Code’

Theft in South African stores makes people know about this.

Samsung says they can disable their TVs remotely using 'Serial Code'
Samsung says they can disable their TVs remotely using ‘Serial Code’

Samsung says that the company can disable its TVs if they found the unit has been stolen. Samsung called this “Television Block Function.” The company said they activated this feature recently in south Africa when some TV units were stolen during some protests.

Samsung said this (Television block function) is preloaded in all Samsung-made TV products and ensures that the rightful owners can only use the television sets with valid proof of purchase. Here is a confusion that if this feature is available for individual users or not.

How Samsung TV Block Function works

Samsung has to know the serial code of the specific stolen unit. When the unit connects to the network, it checks its serial number if blocked or not. If blocked, then it disables all of its functionalities.

Samsung tv block function logo

“In keeping with our values to leverage the power of technology to resolve societal challenges, we will continuously develop and expand strategic products in our consumer electronics division with defense-grade security, purpose-built, with innovative and intuitive business tools designed for a new world. This technology can have a positive impact at this time, and will also be of use to both the industry and customers in the future.”

-Mike Van Lier, Director of Consumer Electronics at Samsung South Africa.

Samsung disables TVs that were stolen from its own warehouse. It is a possibility that if an individual user reports its serial code to Samsung and Samsung blocks his stolen TV, but it’s not confirmed. The Verge – a popular tech news website has reached out to Samsung to get their statement if this feature is available for all users or not.

Stay tuned, we will tell you if Samsung released any updates regarding the feature.

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