"There's nothing on TV" is a refrain that's often heard in living rooms up and down the country. But for owners of some Samsung tellies, it's literally come true.
That's because a software update 'bricked' certain models of Samsung smart TVs, leaving them unable to work as advertised.
Some wouldn't show anything after the start screen, while others refused to change channel.
According to Samsung, the problem hasn't affected many TV sets.
"Samsung is aware of a small number of TVs in the UK (less than 200) affected by a firmware update to 2017 MU Series TVs on 17th August," a Samsung spokesperson told uSwitch Tech.
"Once this issue was identified, the update was switched off and we’re now working with each customer to resolve the issue. Any customers affected are encouraged to get in touch with Samsung directly (0330 7267864).
"We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused to our customers."
According to the Samsung forum, the affected models include the UE50MU6100K, UE49MU7070 and MU6409. All of these models only went on sale recently.
The issue shows the downside of smart TVs. While they bring internet connectivity, apps, and on-demand content to the lounge, they also require software updates to keep working as well as possible. And as this case shows, plenty can go wrong.