Smart TVs. Dumb ideas.

First David Chartier's new Samsung 'smart TV' forced popup ads on top of content from his Apple TV. Now it's forcing ads on top of regular TV ads. Ads on top of ads... Does anyone at Samsung actually think that's a smart idea? Add to these annoyances more serious concerns regarding privacy. No wonder some like Michael Price are terrified of turning on their new TVs:

More troubling is the microphone. The TV boasts a “voice recognition” feature that allows viewers to control the screen with voice commands. But the service comes with a rather ominous warning: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.” Got that? Don’t say personal or sensitive stuff in front of the TV…We should not have to channel surf worried that the TV is recording our behavior for the benefit of advertisers and police.

Unfortunately, it gets worse. For example, Nielsen formed a joint venture to track what people watch with what people buy - by matching TV viewing data with shopper loyalty-card data. I have a feeling Neilsen et al. like these new smart TVs.

I love technology, but I'm not sure I would connect my smart TV to the Internet at this point.

Smart TVs. Dumb ideas.