I read somewhere that if you have Netflix [pre]installed on a device, even if you don’t use it, it is constantly usage data to Netflix. Most of the current TV manufacturers have tracking practices built into their TVs. My solution to address this is to plug my TV into wired Ethernet, and plug the Ethernet switch into a timer outlet. (Belkin model, I don’t think they make it any more.) It has a slider switch that lets it stay on for 3, 6 or 12 hours and then automatically shut off. I have it set for 6 hours. When I know a device needs access to the network, I turn the switch on and it automatically shuts off 6 hours later. Most of the time my TV is completely unplugged. I assume that since TV makers are so cheap, the TV doesn’t have much memory to buffer such information for later transmission.
Most of them have enough memory and they will send the information when they receive a connection. Not much memory? They usually have enough to buffer films, either a few minutes or to download a film in the background, depending on the service. They will have a couple of GB free, the tracking information probably amounts to a few KB an hour, so waiting until it gets a network connection shouldn’t be a problem.
The only real ways around the problem is to either not let it connect to the network at all or to install a decent firewall and DNS server that blocks as much traffic as possible being sent back from your streaming device.
Do you have a Chromecast on the TV? The problem is, the Chromebook will be sending the tracking information back to Google and the site being streamed (tracking cookies etc.). There isn’t really a simple way around it, without blocking the traffic from leaving your network.
My goal is not to totally block transmission of tracking, but to make it an incomplete and confusing picture. When my TV is connected to the network, it’s because I am using Chromecast to cast TWiT to it… if they want to know that, I hope it’s good for @Leo et al. I don’t use the smart features of my TV at all. It’s old enough to mostly predate the presence of most of the tracking. (It’s at least 5 years old by now… It’s not even 4K wink ) I really should just disconnect it to be honest, because it never received more than one firmware update, and there is no other reason or purpose to having it connected.
Given the security vulnerabilities that are probably lurking in that TV, I’d disconnect it and plug in a Chromecast or similar. The Bravia is also approaching the stage where updates aren’t turning up and I’m seriously looking at what I will stick into it to keep streaming.
Given that we only use Amazon Prime, it will probably be a FireTV stick and I’ll rely on the firewall and DNS to block most of the tracking data.
No, I have a 25 foot HDMI cable for both of my tvs. Upstairs, it goes over a door… Downstairs, it goes around the edge of the room. I plug it in when I want to stream. So, it is hardwired…
Hell, Google is probably watching all sorts of stuff I do on the Chromebook. I knew that when I got the 3 Chrome devices I have…
But with a smart tv, some of them listen to you in the room and even watch you from a camera built into the tv. That bothers me more. Plus, I do not stream, EVERYTHING. So, I only use the Chrome device for some stuff. The Smart TV would be monitoring EVERYTHING.
If and when I buy a Smart tv, I do not plan to even connect it to my network. I would actually buy a non smart tv, but you cannot really do that anymore