So I pulled the trigger and ordered a Samsung SmartTV last month. within the first 24 hours I regretted that I believed TizenOS is better than Android. Apparently TizenOS is not much faster than Android and I had wrong expectations.
Anyway what made it worse was to find out Samsung places ads in their SmartTV home screens! This really pissed me off and was unacceptable. I didn’t want to return the TV cause it would be troublesome to bring it to an Amazon Return Station. So I decided to give it a try to block the ads.
Using a Adblocking DNS server you can block your TV from accessing Samsung Ad Servers. You can do this either by setting up your own DNS server locally (using tools such as pi-hole) or using a public DNS Server. luckily there are available options such as Adguard that can help us getting up and running in minutes.
Set Custom DNS Server in Samsung TV
- Turn on your TV and go to the Settings Menu
- Select Network
- Select Network Status
- Select IP Settings
- Select DNS Settings and change its value from “Get Automatically” to “Set Manually”
- Enter one of the following IP Addresses: 126.96.36.199 / 188.8.131.52
- Save and Turn your TV off and On again.
This should get rid of the ads on your Samsung TV home screen. Alternatively you can set this DNS servers in your Router, that way not only you blocked ads on your TV, but you blocked ads on all the devices connected to your WIFI.