Netflix has announced that it is refusing support for a number of older devices, including old Samsung and Vizio smart TVs, as well as first-generation Roku boxes. If you are still using one of these devices then you will need to either buy a new streaming box from December 1st or replace your existing one with a newer model if you want to continue using the streaming service.
Samsung says this move will affect the range of TVs for 2010 and 2011, while News Cors Cutters News reports that Vizio TVs that are four or more years old will lose support. BBC News reports that affected Roku players include Roku 2050X, Roku 21
Over time, developers will stop supporting older hardware parts, but the problem is more acute for TVs that people are prone to use longer than devices such as smartphones or laptops.
This is not a problem that is unique to Netflix. Earlier this year, Hulu declined support for LG TVs produced before 2014, and YouTube dropped support for Sony's smart TVs just four years later in 2016. No matter how many streaming streaming apps your TV boots at launch, ultimately you're probably
Fortunately, standalone streaming receivers are getting really cheap. The cheapest Roku streaming device is only $ 39.99, while the cheapest Amazon Fire TV Stick is $ 40. If you want more options, then Netflix has a full list of supported devices on its website. It's a pity to lose the convenience of navigating the built-in streaming service with your TV remote, but at least you won't be cut off entirely by Netflix.