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posted by janrinok on Sunday April 17 2022, @02:01AM   Printer-friendly
from the don't-connect-them-to-anything dept.

https://www.techdirt.com/2022/04/14/its-still-stupidly-ridiculously-difficult-to-buy-a-dumb-tv/

Historically, "smart" TVs aren't always particularly smart. They've routinely been shown to have lax security and privacy standards. They also routinely feature embedded OS systems that don't age well, aren't always well designed, don't perform particularly well over time, are slathered with ads, and are usually worse than most third-party game streaming devices or video game consoles.

Yet when if you go shopping for "dumb" televisions — as in just a high quality display with a bunch of HDMI ports and not much else, you're usually going to be out of luck. There are options, but guides on this front will usually shovel you toward computer monitors (too pricey at large sizes), or business-class displays (ditto).

[...] Of course it's challenging because TV manufacturers now make more money collecting and monetizing your personal data than they do selling the actual hardware. Last year Vizio noted it made $38.4 million in one quarter just from tracking and monetizing consumer viewing and usage data. It made $48.2 million on hardware (which also includes soundbars, and other products) in that same period.


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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by RedGreen on Sunday April 17 2022, @04:27AM (2 children)

    by RedGreen (888) on Sunday April 17 2022, @04:27AM (#1237633)

    "Nobody sees this as wrong? "

    Of course some people do, but most are sheep that just have to have the next new shinny no matter the costs to them or their privacy. If enough people spoke with the wallet then the parasite corporations would change their methods of doing business, but then we are back to the sheeple and their need for the next new shinny toy that they just have to have because their anti-social media influencer told them so..

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by RS3 on Sunday April 17 2022, @05:23AM (1 child)

    by RS3 (6367) on Sunday April 17 2022, @05:23AM (#1237650)

    Nobody sees this as wrong?

    I'm afraid your sheeple analysis is spot-on. The people who really need to see it as wrong are called Senators and Representatives of the corporatocracy. [wikipedia.org]

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by RedGreen on Sunday April 17 2022, @05:51AM

      by RedGreen (888) on Sunday April 17 2022, @05:51AM (#1237659)

      "The people who really need to see it as wrong are called Senators and Representatives of the corporatocracy."

      Never going to happen the bribe money or campaign contributions as they like too call them are to strong an incentive to keep the parasite corporation in control of it all. The best that can be done is to keep yourself safe and out of their grasp. I have been online for going on forty years and I can google my name without finding a trace. I had to look up when a 2400 baud modem was released I think that is the slowest speed I ever connected at. Unfortunately most could care less about any of that and in fact willingly give away their information for them scum to use and abuse, then whine like little bitches when it catches up with them. Oh they should do this or that to keep them getting it, how about the never giving it away to start with...

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