Samsung has confirmed that the function was just lately activated in South Africa after a number of Samsung TVs had been taken from an organization retailer throughout a wave of protests and riots final month. Nevertheless, it isn’t clear from Samsung’s description whether or not the function is meant solely to fight large-scale theft, or whether or not it’s going to ever be used to assist particular person shoppers.
The corporate stated the know-how has been “already preloaded on all Samsung TV merchandise” and “ensures that the TVs can solely be utilized by authentic house owners with a sound proof of buy.”
Samsung wants the serial code of the stollen TVs to activate the “Tv Block Operate”. When the group connects to the Web, it checks its serial code towards a listing on Samsung’s servers and disables all TV options if it finds a match.
Samsung additionally stated that if some prospects in South Africa have considered one of their TVs blocked accidentally, they will carry the block by sending a purchase order proof to [email protected]