Yes, Samsung decided to block TVs if it works in the wrong region for which it was manufactured. Only the Smart TV function is blocked. But this of course causes inconvenience for those who are used to watching Youtube or watching IP TV.
Reason for blocking smart TV in Samsung TV
Samsung attributes this to the fact that licensing agreements with program copyright holders are not respected. But this is not so, let’s think, youtube is accessible from any computer or smartphone device and there is no difference in which region the person who decided to watch the video is located. Yes, and all manufacturers of software created for watching videos, on the contrary, users are very necessary and they do not care who will use this service and where it is located.
Under the license, the video itself may be, but in this case certain content is blocked. For example, if a film is provided for broadcast to a provider on a display basis only in Russia, then when you try to view it from a device located in Germany, the service will display a message, sorry this content is not available for your country.
The true reason for blocking Smart TV in Samsung TVs
In our opinion, the real reason is completely different. Televisions for Europe are made by Poland. For countries that have been blocked (Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova) TVs are produced in Russia. And then the following situation arose: TVs made in Russia and offered through the official Samsung representative office in these countries are more expensive than TVs from Poland. Naturally, sales of TVs manufactured in Russia are falling, which negatively affects the performance of the Russian TV assembly department.
The management of Samsung (possibly the Russian representative office) decided to improve sales by introducing restrictions. Yes, this will cause sales growth and, naturally, the production of Samsung TVs at the first stage, which will allow management to report on a significant increase in sales of TVs made in Russia after the introduction of the lock, receive appropriate bonuses and calmly leave the company with good performance. But in the long run, this is bad for Samsung’s image, a buyer choosing a TV will look as follows.
I will buy a Samsung TV from Poland, but Smart will not work in it. But LG stands next to it. Smart will probably buy LG.
How Smart Lock occurs on Samsung TVs
Each Samsung TV has a model number, the model number is wired to the TV in the BIOS. When the TV turns on (not from standby mode, namely after disconnecting from the mains), the operating system is loading, program updates are installed. The TV connects to the update service, and here the following happens. The TV transmits information about its model number, region settings, and the update server reads the IP address from which the request for authorization of the TV was received. Example TV with model number QE65Q65RATX XH . XH- TV for Poland. For Russia, there should be a model number of the following format QE65Q65RATX RU .
The first stage of blocking Smart TV
The update server determines the TV model number and regional settings. The TV is made for Poland, the region of Russia. An update is downloaded to the TV that blocks the operation of the smart TV.
How to bypass Smart lock at the first stage?
t the first stage, bypassing the lock is quite simple, you need to go to the service menu and change the region in accordance with the region for which the TV was produced. We set the region of Poland in the TV settings. Turn off the TV from the mains and turn it on again.
What happens after changing the region in the TV settings?
The TV again loads the operating system and connects to the update server. There is a comparison, the TV is made for Poland, the region in the Poland settings, ok we load the default services for Poland and allow the smart to work. The TV starts to work somewhere else two weeks, then it is blocked again.
The second stage of blocking Smart TV At the second stage, the update server collects statistics of IP connections. The TV connects to the update server and the server collects statistics. The TV for Poland, the region in the settings Poland, IP Russia, is not good, but maybe this is the wrong region for IP. We collect statistics, here are two-three weeks, maybe more, depending on how often you disconnect the TV from the mains. As a result, the TV is connected only by IP from Russia, it is necessary to block. The TV locks again.
How to unlock the TV after re-locking?
If the TV is blocked by IP, then as an option, change the IP address on the router using a VPN. Connect to the Internet through a proxy server in Poland. After rebooting, the TV will work again, but it is not convenient.
Easy Ways to Use Smart on Locked TV
There are easier ways to use Smart on a locked TV. Only the launch of the Smart application itself is blocked, but the work of the programs themselves is not blocked, maybe this is temporary.
How to run Youtube on a locked TV?
Youtube by default supports the ability to broadcast content to a TV from a smartphone. You can run Youtube on your smartphone and by clicking the share icon (broadcast content on a TV), the TV will pick up the Youtube broadcast.
Youtube connection instructions via smartphone
Important information. If you don’t have a Smart TV or other content transfer device, you’ll need to set up Chromecast.
- Make sure the TV is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the device from which you want to transfer content.
- Find the video you want and run it. If the connection between devices is established, in the player window you will see an icon. Please note that video can only be transferred via AirPlay from iOS devices.
- To transfer a video, click on the icon.
- Streaming is not only supported on devices with Chromecast. It works on all TVs with the YouTube app installed.
- Transfer video from a mobile device only through the application. On youtube.com in a mobile browser, this feature is not supported.
Launching applications through voice control
In modern Samsung TVs that have voice control, you can launch the application with a voice command. When the application starts with a voice command, the Smart shell does not load, but the application is loaded directly. So you can also bypass the Samsung Smart TV lock.