It's been nearly 2 1/2 years and there's clearly no resolve in sight. It's beyond bizarre that a simple function, already built into the television in 'hotel mode,' is withheld from consumers despite the pleas to have it corrected. The reason why there's not more of an uproar? Because it's not really that big of a deal; most people don't use their television as an alarm.
Back in the mid-90's, I had a bulky 36" Panasonic television. It was advanced for it's time: it had multiple PIP modes, a neat guide menu and, you guessed it, a bevy of alarm functions. Even better, they actually worked! The technology was exactly where it needed to be for the alarm function to work as it should. Of course, we didn't have HDMI back then ... but we did have many other inputs, and the television simply turned on at whatever time it was set to. If a DVD had been playing before it was off then, by golly, it would be playing when it turned on. Easy, right?
I guess it's not. The TV that I have (the 6500 series) can play .mkv files off of a thumb drive. It can connect to my wireless network, which in turn allows me to stream music and video from a series of computers and wireless storage hubs. It can download applications and update it's own firmware, and it even has something called 'self diagnosis.' (If you're curious, there's not an application that you can download that allows the television to function as an alarm.)
I would imagine that most televisions sold by Samsung at this point are high definition sets. With high-definition, it makes sense to use HDMI cables. The idea that anyone is out there running coaxial cables into their shiny new Samsung televisions is a dying one. As some have pointed out, this isn't a big deal until you get to the principle of the thing, which is that Samsung is intentionally withholding a common-sense, easy-to-implement feature from it's consumers for seemingly no reason.
Or, you know what Samsung HD Tech -- you're right. This is an insurmountable problem.
Note 1: I used hotel mode (for my set: TV on, mute, 1, 1, 9, enter) to change the power-on source. This didn't solve the problem, sadly.
Note 2: I created this account solely to post here and while this might be off topic, I just thought I'd share - a more common flaw with all of the nicer Samsung sets would be with the power cable. Most people who buy a large plasma or LED are probably looking to mount it on their wall. It's infuriating that the power cable is tethered directly to the circuitry without the ability to remove it.
Way to go, Samsung.
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