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Could i propose an alternative solution?
I'm just setting up a Samsung smart tv and whilst had Samsung Remote on my old android phone, come to install it on my Nexus 5 (KitKat) only to find they've pulled it and there are now no official Samsung Adnroid apps available to me right now. Samsung Link is not KitKat compatible.
Furthermore, I can't stream mp4/mp3 from a NAS on the internal LAN to the tv **UNLESS** I sign in on the tele with a Samsung registered email address. So, in other words, to use the facilities on the TV, facilities which were a key selling feature, I am utterly obliged to accept their Samsung Link T&Cs and approve their tracking of my watching data.
And to stream from the laptop, as you have found out, you are absolutely required to install their software.
It's all about tracking your watching habits and tying you in to their ecosystem, whichever platform you are using and however you are trying to use your own internal infrastructure. The recent LG revelations and the fact Samsung have not yet offered a statement on the issue highlight this. And if you doubt this, read the T&Cs Samsung declare.....I paraphrase but there is one section which states "we will track and record your viewing habits (presumably through mp3/4 metadata) and use it how we want". Seriously, go and read them.
So I'm not overly happy that a key advertised and selling feature is disabled unless I am forced to accept Samsung T&Cs, sign in, grant them access to my data. Nowhere in the advertising or blurb do Samsung state that they disable key features unless you sign in. Not acceptable.
So that's what I think the answer to your question is. You are a data source to them to be monetized. End of.
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