Many people are often annoyed by ads, and they look for ways to turn them off as quickly as possible. I doubt that anyone would be happy in the midst of the most interesting moment in a movie or TV series to see an ad for another cough or cold remedy.
Nevertheless, I will say right away that I and many other users of Samsung TVs aren’t too annoyed by the ads, which are neatly displayed at the bottom of the screen and almost don’t interfere with the user. However, there is the type of ads that are really annoying the most. It’s forced ads that you just can’t get rid of or skip.
Well, let’s take a closer look at how forced ads work on Samsung TV and if there are ways to turn them off.
What are the types of ads on Samsung TV?
There are several types of ads on Samsung TVs. Let’s start at the beginning, namely with the ads on the Samsung TVs which are standing on the electronics store shelf.
If your Samsung TV shows ads about the TV’s features, that means it’s in demonstration or store mode. Retailers use this feature to give customers information about the benefits of buying the TV. They show you different beautiful yet high-quality shots to get you interested in buying that particular TV and to compare the picture quality with other TVs. After all, TVs often show the same videos in electronics stores so it’s much easier to compare quality.
The second type of ad appears at the bottom of your Samsung TV screen and often doesn’t interfere with the normal use of the device. However, some people may still find it annoying. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to completely get rid of this type of ad, but there’s a simple way to partially remove it on your Samsung TV.
The next type of ad on Samsung TV is precisely the main and most popular. These are the standard ads that pop up from time to time when you use your TV. It works about the same as YouTube or Spotify ads.
This is what forced ads on Samsung TV are. Now, let’s look more closely at what it is.
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How do forced ads work on Samsung TV?
Starting in 2016, Samsung began releasing software updates for its Smart TVs that showed forced ads in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen without the ability to remove them. Ads on Samsung TVs aren’t necessarily related to entertainment. They range from medicines and hygiene products to banks and other financial institutions.
Forced ads are a real problem for users and publishers alike. This annoying form of “bad ads” takes users to unrelated and unwanted pages that often lead to scams, malware, and unauthorized app installations. Forced ads can be dangerous to end users, but they also reflect poorly on the publisher, who can often be blamed. Not only does this discourage users, but it can also lead to distrust, which discourages users from returning.
That’s why many Samsung TV users don’t like it and want to get rid of it. Many users will say that it’s absolutely disgusting that you pay money for Samsung to put their ads on your TV like a billboard. People buy their TVs and other smart appliances all the time, but it can really discourage people from buying their products.
Unfortunately, getting rid of such ads won’t be possible even by completely resetting your Samsung TV. However, there are other ways to partially remove it. Let’s look at them below.
How to disable ads on a Samsung TV using the router settings
If you’re an advanced user and understand PC network settings, you can prohibit access to Samsung advertising services. For example, you can do this in the router settings. Here’s how:
- Open a browser on your PC and go to the router’s web interface.
- You can usually access it using the IP address of the device on your local network. Just type it in the address field (e.g. http://192.168.1.1 or http://192.168.0.1).
- Go to “Internet” – “Filters”.
- Names of menu items and settings may slightly differ depending on the router model. For example, on my device, this item is called “Content Filtering”.
- Select “Blocked Web Pages (Blacklist)” or “Blocked Sites”.
- Add the following links to the list of blocked pages: “http://ads.samsungads.com” and “http://config.samsungads.com”.
- Confirm your entry and save your settings.
However, I recommend this method only in case you’re proficient enough. In other cases, turning off the ads in the TV settings would be enough.
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How to disable the store mode on a Samsung TV
So what’s the big deal about this mode? The problem is that it resets the Samsung TV to factory settings every 20 minutes or whenever you turn it off. It’s convenient for the salesman, but you’ll probably want to turn off the commercials and reset the function by switching the TV to dynamic or home mode. This is something you’re unlikely to encounter. However, below you can find out how to get rid of this kind of ad.
Well, if you want to disable the demonstration or so-called store mode on your Samsung TV, you have to follow these steps:
- First of all, press the volume up or volume down button on the remote control.
- When the volume bar appears, hold down the “MENU” button on the TV.
- If “Dynamic” or “Dynamic Mode” appears after a few seconds, then the TV is out of “Demo” or “Store” mode.
If it doesn’t appear, try turning it off through the menu:
- Turn the TV to the coaxial source “TV”.
- Then, select the “Setup” option using the up and down arrow buttons.
- Press ENTER to open the “Setup” menu.
- After that, select “Plug & Play”. The TV will walk you through the entire setup process.
- Finally, press HOME when the TV prompts you to enter the “Picture” mode.
Once you have completed these steps, you will be able to disable the demonstration or so-called store mode on your Samsung TV.