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Technology Netflix is ending support for old devices from Samsung, Roku, and Vizio in December

18:40  08 november  2019
18:40  08 november  2019 Source:   theverge.com

Netflix ends support for some older Roku players on December 1st

  Netflix ends support for some older Roku players on December 1st Are you still hanging on to an early Roku player to stream Netflix in the basement? You'll need to upgrade soon. Netflix has warned that it's ending support for some of Roku's oldest players after December 1st, including the Roku HD, HD-XR, SD, XD and XDS as well as the NetGear-branded XD and XDS. You should get an alert if you're affected, but Cord Cutters Newsadded that a simple feature check will do before then. If your Netflix app can'tThis wasn't surprising when Roku itself warned in 2015 that it would stop updating players made in May 2011 or earlier. These are vintage boxes that stopped receiving new material a long time ago. There's a good chance you've moved on since, for that matter.

Netflix has announced that it ’s dropping support for a number of old devices , including old Samsung and Vizio smart TVs, and first-generation Roku boxes. If you’re still using one of these devices , then from December 1st, you’ll need to either buy a new streaming box or replace your existing one with a

Over the past few months, owners of select smart TVs and streaming players have been receiving warnings that their devices will no longer support Netflix as of December 1st. The brands affected include Roku , Samsung , and Vizio , but the good news is that if you bought a TV or a streaming

Netflix has announced that it’s dropping support for a number of old devices, including old Samsung and Vizio smart TVs, and first-generation Roku boxes. If you’re still using one of these devices, then from December 1st, you’ll need to either buy a new streaming box or replace your existing one with a newer model, if you want to continue using the streaming service.

  Netflix is ending support for old devices from Samsung, Roku, and Vizio in December © Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Samsung says the move will affect its 2010 and 2011 range of TVs, while Cord Cutters News reports Vizio TVs that are four years old or older will lose support. BBC News reports that affected Roku players include the Roku 2050X, Roku 2100X, Roku 2000C, Roku HD Player, Roku SD Player, Roku XR Player and Roku XD Player.

Apple TV app coming to Roku players and Roku TVs today

  Apple TV app coming to Roku players and Roku TVs today Now Roku owners can access iTunes, Apple TV Plus and more.The app is the exclusive home for Apple's upcoming Apple TV Plus service, due November 1. The service is a Netflix rival that will launch with nine confirmed titles, including a drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, a post-apocalyptic thriller starring Jason Momoa, a comedy about poet Emily Dickinson. It costs $5 per month and buyers of new Apple devices will get a year of access for free.

Samsung confirmed the change in a troubleshooting page, and Cord Cutters first reported that older Vizio and Roku devices will lose support . "On December 2nd, Netflix will no longer be supported on a small number of older devices due to technical limitations. We've notified all impacted members

If you own an older Roku player, Vizio , or Samsung smart TV, you may be looking for a new streaming player tomorrow. Although some of our older TV’s will no longer support Netflix directly beginning December 1st, 2019, many other devices you may have connected to your TV are still

Hulu and YouTube have also previously had to drop support for older devices

Over time, it’s inevitable that developers stop supporting older pieces of hardware, but the problem is more acute for TVs, which people tend to use for longer than devices like smartphones or laptops.

This isn’t a problem that’s unique to Netflix. Earlier this year Hulu dropped support for LG TVs manufactured prior to 2014, and YouTube dropped support for 2012 Sony smart TVs just four years later in 2016. Regardless of how many built-in streaming apps your TV supports at launch, eventually you’re probably going to have to buy a set-top box if you use it for long enough.

Thankfully, standalone streaming set-top boxes are getting really cheap. Roku’s cheapest streaming device is just $39.99, while Amazon’s cheapest 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 shame to lose the convenience of navigating a built-in streaming service with your TV’s remote, but at least you won’t be cut off from Netflix entirely.

Vizio is updating SmartCast TVs to stream Disney+ via Chromecast .
Vizio is promising Android users that they'll be able to beam Disney+ to their SmartCast TVs by the end of the year. Currently, iOS users can cast the Disney+ app to the TV using AirPlay 2. But Android users were left in the dark. Now, Vizio says it will roll out a Chromecast update beginning in early December. That will allow Android users to cast the Disney+ app to their Vizio SmartCast TVs via the built-in Chromecast. Vizio is working to makeVizio is working to make the SmartCast TVs more appealing ahead of the holidays. The update will benefit iOS users as well -- iOS streaming apps typically work with Chromecast too, so if you prefer it, you should be able to choose between that and AirPlay 2 when the update arrives.

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