From a May 15, 2023 article by Mr. Brad Linder of Liliputing:
Now a startup called Telly is going a step further – the company is offering ad-supported TV hardware. The company’s first product is a 55 inch 4K HDR TV that the company isn’t charging money for. Instead, users will pay with their attention – because below the screen is a second display that will show ads and other information.Brad Linder
That is too dark. Make it stop.
Now Telly has come out of hiding and announce plans to ship half a million of its free TVs to customers before the end of the year. Folks who are interested can sign up to join a waitlist.Brand Linder
No! Don’t sign up! Don’t do it!
What makes Telly different is that the ads are persistent – they don’t go away when you start watching a TV show or movie, because they’re on a secondary “Smart Screen” that’s always visible below the primary display.Brad Linder
Please do not accept a free TV with an entire section devoted to omnipresent advertising. Mr. Linder’s report also explains how it tracks your preferences and viewing habits.
The best solution is to either buy a dumb TV or monitor or turn a smart TV into a dumb TV powered by a Linux box. I wrote a bit about configuring a soundbar with my current Linux computer-driven set-up, which also works nicely for playing games. I plan to write more about this in the near future to help rescue people from smart TVs and their nefarious ads before this Telly nightmare catches on.