This is not a conspiracy theory, it’s really real and it has been for some time now.
But in case you didn’t realize what’s going on, here’s one good example:
Vizio makes nearly as much money from ads and data as it does from TVs
It’s not just Vizio, it’s pretty much all TVs produced in the last 5 or so years that do this. Five years from now, it will likely be impossible to find a television that doesn’t do this. If we’re even watching televisions by then.
Chances are some people (like my mother-in-law) still will be. She’s got two Vizio TVs now, and one of them is almost always on. I was first alerted to the fact that these devices were sending about as much information as they receive when I first looked at the logs from my Pi-hole. Since then I’ve had to exempt her devices from the ad-blocking because…she likes ads, I guess?
- Press the MENU button on your TV’s remote.
- Select System.
- Select Reset & Admin.
- Highlight Viewing Data.
- Press RIGHT arrow to change setting to Off.
I think turning this stuff off is a really smart thing to do for EVERY smart device. Don’t you?