LG, Samsung, Sony: Smutty Smart TV apps turn us off
Philips, Panasonic: Bring on the filth
The adult entertainment industry is having a hard time convincing a number of TV manufacturers to cut it some slack. LG, Samsung and Sony, to name a few, have all steered clear of implementing filthy Smart TV apps and wish to keep their respective hands clean for now.
It's not all bad news though, the less prudish of the panel-pushers are bringing pornographic Smart TV applications to the small screen. Panasonic introduced Marc Dorcel's adult app last summer, which will also be coming to Toshiba tellies soon.
Philips recently revealed apps from Hustler and Private. You can always trust the Dutch to be open-minded, eh?
However, such tolerance isn't shared further east. LG confirmed its strict policy to Reg Hardware:
"While consumers can use the web browser function to explore content of their choice from the internet, LG's current Smart TV offering does not enable applications that are explicitly adult applications,” it said.
Sony refused to comment on the matter, while Samsung was equally taciturn with its policy. A company spokesperson told us that:
“Samsung’s future content strategy remains confidential. We are therefore unable to comment on this issue.”
No nips, sorry lad...
There are currently no hard porn channels available through UK broadcasters and although explicit channels are tolerated as long as they've been licensed in the EU, the standing from likes of Virgin and Sky has remained soft.
Through Smart TV apps, though, hardcore becomes legally and easily available through our tellies, on-demand or live, Broadband TV News reports.
Of course, these apps never come preloaded on the hardware, so we're stumped as to why users don't have the freedom of choice to instal what they like.
Surely, a manufacturer needn't regulate what it is you can and can't watch on your telly? We have disapproving partners for that. ®
Restrictions on the apps that can be installed - probably in an even less consistent manner than the iDevices, (whatever you think of that) - yet another reason to avoid smart TVs and put a box of your choice underneath a dumb TV with good build quality, good panel and plenty of HDMI ports.
Exactly what I've done. It took me until this month before I was willing to let my old 4:3 CRT go. Bought a "dumb" 32 inch TV, bought some right-angle adaptors and appropriate cables, run everything off other boxes instead.
I don't WANT another computer to manage. This was my reason to avoid smartphones until Android matured enough for me to consider it worthy, avoiding fancy TV's, etc. I just want the TV to turn on, switch between inputs, change volume, and then turn off again. It's a display device, nothing more.
I suppose the restrictions are more along the lines of fearing that the headline "malware infects thousands of smart TV's, pushes porn to kids" might appear. Or even just your personal viewing habits being revealed by someone who touches a button on your TV. A TV is more a communal device than something like a smartphone and could cause a lot more trouble.
A TV is just a display device. If it's not, then it's not a TV, it's a computer. Thus, purchase and operate accordingly.
You'll pry my multi-port SCART/composite switch-box and aerial-in from my cold, dead hands. But apps on a TV? Sure way to get me to not buy your TV. I did a quick survey the other day and found I have at least five ways to watch BBC iPlayer on my TV via various devices. I really don't think I need another, and that's about the only legitimate use for an app on a TV I can honestly imagine ever using.
I've got a million ways to get porn. I'm more annoyed by the lack of 4oD on my LG smart TV.