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Samsung TV - Know which app is running


msgreenf

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Was looking at device variables and I was trying to see if there was a variable which would reflect what app is selected and streaming on the TV.

 

Every time YouTube is running I want to program a push alert.  I don’t care if it was started via c4 or the native Samsung remote.

 

Trying to keep the kids off YouTube

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The problem is that there is no clear trigger to start from. You can catch a BIT of it by going room variable, video device selected changed, but it won't really catch a change between youtube being selected if another app is selected first (say netflix) as the 'video device' in both cases is the actual TV ... so there is no trigger happening. And obviously it doesn't do anything when doing it from the TV menu.

 

Theoretically you could have a permanent timer running and every time timer expires you can check the 'current app' variable and program, but not ideal to do so.

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4 hours ago, msgreenf said:

I may have found a creative way around it!

Let us know when you have it working. I block it with firewall rules. Samsung TV's have parental locks on apps. You could lock the TV apps and use a player that has more options.

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