Samsung is at least temporarily ending support for the news headlines service on TV models equipped with its “Ambient Mode” feature, beginning Sept. 30, 2020.

Owners of certain Samsung TV models from the past two years equipped with “Ambient Mode headline news”, are now getting a flashed message at start-up in the top right-hand corner of the screen indicating that “Support for the Ambient mode Headlines Service is scheduled to end on September 30, 2020. We thank you for using the service and we look forward to providing an improved alternative in the near future”

Ambient Mode is a feature available on select Samsung QLED TVs starting with F series models in 2018. These included the Q9FN, Q8CN, Q7FN, Q6FN model lines. It has since been available in QLED models of subsequent years. News Headlines had been one among a progressively expanding list of available options.

With the Headline News option, viewers can display static images on screen with related headline news overlays on a continuously rotating basis. Viewers can control what a TV displays in Ambient Mode by pressing a special Ambient Mode button on the remote control to activate the feature or change the options to display.

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The Ambient Mode feature enables users to show images of both personal and collected artwork or decorative patterns. They can also present information such as rotating news headlines with regularly updated items in rotation, along with the time, weather and even song titles of tunes being played through the TV set when it’s not being used to watch video content.

Some models allow taking a picture of the wall behind the TV to display on screen so that the TV seems to “disappear” into the surroundings when not in use.

Alternatively, users can display static wallpaper images on the screen matching the colors and ambience of the room. Headline News, which is now apparently ending, at least temporarily, shows up to 40 headlines updated throughout the day. When the feature was introduced, Samsung had an arrangement to use content from the New York Times. The 2020 the service is carrying items from the “Cheddar” news service.

Viewers will be able to continue using other Ambient Mode features.

We reached out to Samsung for further information on the issue and await word from Korea.

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By Greg Tarr

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