The Netflix app will no longer work on older Samsung and Vizio Smart TVs and Roku devices after December 1, 2019.
If you have an older Samsung or Vizio Smart TV or use a Roku player to stream Netflix, you might need to figure out a solution to keep watching Netflix on your Smart TV or Roku.
According to a report from The Verge, the Netflix app on older Samsungs, Vizios and Rokus will not work after Sunday, Dec. 1.
For Samsung TVs, the support for TVs will be dropped for TVs that were made between 2010 and 2011, according to the report. The Verge cites a Cord Cutters News report that claims Vizio TVs that are four years or older will lose the Netflix app.
It’s not that simple for Roku devices, according to the report. BBC News is reporting Netflix will not be supported on a variety of Roku devices, including the XR Player and XD Player.
Of course, this is a major bummer for those who use these devices to stream Netflix. If you’re one of the people using older Smart TVs to watch Netflix through the built-in app on your TV, it’s probably a pretty big deal. But, you have a couple of options.
You can get a new Smart TV. Who doesn’t want a new TV? Of course, that’s probably the most expensive option.
A cheaper option would be getting a set-top box or stick with the built-in Netflix. Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, the Amason Fire Stick, Chromecast and others still have the app for the streaming service available, as well. Again, if you’re in a pinch money-wise, this is probably the best way to go about keeping the streaming service available on your TV.
Of course, this is an unfortunate situation. I don’t really understand why the updates are not being made for Samsung, Vizio and Roku that will continue working on those TVs. Perhaps, they just want people to upgrade to new TVs? We don’t know.
As pointed out in The Verge report, this happens from time to time with all streaming services. Hulu just went through the same thing with LG recently. It’s part of the technology business, and unfortunately, it’s the customers and subscribers that are hurt by these measures.
We’ll be sure to let you know more about these changes when we find out. Stay tuned for more information.
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