Samsung’s new QLED TV ad uses burn-in on OLED TVs to sell the message

Samsung’s newest YouTube video telling everyone why they should buy the company’s QLED doesn’t seem like an advertisement at first glance. Titled TV burn-in checker, it comes off as an educational video that starts off showing the words “What is burn-in” being typed in to a Google search field, with the autocomplete options showing “OLED TV burn-in” as the first result. The video then shows multiple red images with dark patches, telling the viewer that burn-in is those dark patches they see on the screen, and finally ends with suggesting they contact customer care or “get a burn-in free QLED.”

It’s a clever marketing technique, but it’s not the first time that Samsung has targeted the burn-in problems associated with OLED TVs (and OLED displays in general) to show why consumers should opt for its QLED televisions. Many believe this is part of a campaign to call out LG without explicitly naming its local competitor. While Samsung has been the biggest proponent of AMOLED displays on smartphones and has single-handedly helped make them the de facto standard, it missed the OLED boat when it comes to televisions and has instead put all its resources into QLED technology.

LG has focused on OLED tech for its TVs, and that has also brought the burn-in issue to the fore, with many tests showing LG’s OLED TVs don’t stand up to the company’s claims about how long the TVs can be used without burn-in becoming a problem. Samsung has used it to take multiple indirect digs at LG with videos such as the one you see below, and it’s something the company will no doubt continue to do in the future.

Do you own a Samsung QLED TV, or do you have an OLED TV from LG or another manufacturer?

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I had an LG 55″ in the TV room and it burned in, though it was 3 years and had heavy usage. I did swap it for a 65″ Samsung QLED. Have the LG on the kitchen wall as it replaced an older Sony that died and went to tv heaven. The burn in isn’t that noticeable most of the time so I’m not complaining. The QLED is definitely better and in a sunny room like ours, don’t even need to close the drapes to see the screen clearly. The LG wasn’t great when the sun shine was strong.