Netflix has announced it will drop support for a number of old devices, including old smart TVs from Samsung and Vizio, and first-generation Roku boxes. If you are still using one of these devices, you must purchase a new streaming box from 1 December or replace your existing one with a newer one if you want to continue using the streaming service.
Samsung says the move has affected the TV & # 39; s range for 2010 and 2011, while Cord Cutters News reports Vizio TV & # 39; s aged four or older lose support. BBC news reports that influenced Roku players are the Roku 2050X, Roku 2100X, Roku 2000C, Roku HD Player, Roku SD Player, Roku XR Player and Roku XD Player.
Over time, it is inevitable that developers stop supporting older pieces of hardware, but the problem is more acute for TVs that people usually use for longer than devices such as smartphones or laptops.
This is not a problem that is unique to Netflix. Earlier this year Hulu dropped support for LG TV & # 39; s produced before 2014and YouTube simply dropped support for smart TV & # 39; s from Sony in 2012 four years later in 2016. Regardless of how many built-in streaming apps your TV supports at launch, you'll probably have to buy a set-top box if you use it long enough.
Fortunately, independent streaming set-top boxes are becoming really cheap. Roku & # 39; s cheapest streaming device costs just $ 39.99, while Amazon & # 39; s cheapest Fire TV Stick costs $ 40. If you want more options, Netflix has one full list of supported devices on his website. It is a shame to lose the ease of navigating in a built-in streaming service with your TV's remote control, but at least you won't be completely cut off from Netflix.