Feb 11, 2015 · 1 minute

The hubbub over a policy which allowed Samsung to send voice data to third parties was overstated. Now there's a better reason not to buy the company's televisions: they're inserting their own advertisements into web videos.

The television sets were displaying Pepsi advertisements in services like Plex, Foxtel's app, and other streaming video products into which Samsung had no right to insert content. Both companies have said the ads weren't their fault, and that the problem's on Samsung.

This isn't the first time Samsung had this problem. Business Insider reported in January 2014 the company was displaying pop-up advertisements for Yahoo on its television sets. The program was supposed to be opt-in, but it was enabled for many people by default.

Samsung Australia said in a statement that the problem "has now been rectified and that there are currently no plans to introduce this type of advertising in Australia in the near future." Notice it doesn't say anything about for whom this type of advertising was meant.

Inserting advertisements into other videos -- especially, in Plex's case, videos consumers already own -- is distasteful enough. Failing to respectfully do so by automatically opting people in to the service, or mistakenly introducing it to an entire country, is disgusting.

People own their television sets. In some cases they own the videos they're watching on the damned things, and even if they don't, many subscribe to various services to stream that content. Samsung shouldn't be able to ruin that viewing experience.

[illustration by Brad Jonas]