Samsung TV + Chromecast with Google TV = No HDMI Signal

Issue

Samsung Smart TV (UE40H6400) with Google TV Chromecast (2020) connected. When the TV is switched off and then switched back on, it shows No Signal on the HDMI port to which Google TV Chromecast is connected (I tried different HDMI ports).

Samsung TV - No Signal

No Signal
HDMI3
(1) Check the cable connections and the settings of your source device.
(2) Press Source on your remote control to select the connected source device.

Pressing any button on the Samsung TV does nothing, however, pressing any button on the Google TV remote fixes the issue immediately (at which point Samsung TV remote also starts controlling the Google TV interface). For a slightly more elaborate workaround (or if you don't have Google TV remote at hand), you can press Tools on Samsung TV remote, then select Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) option.

Resolution

The issue was caused by the Samsung TV feature called Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC). This feature allows controlling a device connected via HDMI (in this case Google TV Chromecast) using a TV remote. HDMI-CEC is an industry-standard name (Consumer Electronics Control), and Anytime+ is a Samsung's trade name for the same feature. If you control Google TV only using its own remote, you can simply turn this feature off completely. In my case, I wanted to retain an option to use Samsung TV remote, and I found that disabling an Anynet+ option called "Auto Turn Off" fixes the issue while still allowing to control of Google TV with Samsung's remote. By the way, I tested Google TV Chromecast power consumption using a plug-in power meter and disabling/enabling "Auto Turn Off" did not make any discernable difference in power consumption (which stayed around 1-2W)

All this can be done in Samsung TV Settings > System > Anytime+ (HDMI-CEC)

Samsung TV - Anytime+ (HDMI-CEC)

March 2022
Samsung Smart TV (UE40H6400)
Google TV Chromecast (2020)

 

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