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Technology Here’s why Netflix is ditching old Roku devices: DRM

05:15  12 november  2019
05:15  12 november  2019 Source:   theverge.com

Netflix will stop working on December 1st if you use one of these Roku devices

  Netflix will stop working on December 1st if you use one of these Roku devices All technology eventually becomes obsolete, but sometimes it sneaks up on us. For example, would you really have guessed that some Roku streaming devices are so old that Netflix will no longer support them by the end of the year? As Cord Cutters News reported last week, some Roku users have begun to receive notifications that their devices will no longer have access to the Netflix app starting on December 1st, 2019. "Due to technical“Due to technical limitations, Netflix will no longer be available on this device after December 1st, 2019,” explains the error message, which Netflix has also shared on its Help Center website. “Please visit netflix.

Here ’ s what’s going on: Netflix has used Microsoft’s PlayReady DRM since 2010 so that it could more easily bring its streaming service to the loads of TVs, devices , and set top boxes you can find it on today while satisfying its content providers that their work wouldn’t get pirated.

Netflix recently broke for a number of users, and the error message the company provided wasn’t entirely clear about why . Last week, multiple outlets reported that select Roku devices , as well as older Samsung or Vizio TVs, would soon lose support for Netflix beginning in December.

Last week, Netflix announced that it was ending support for older devices from Samsung, Roku, and Vizio after December 1st, but it wasn’t clear exactly why those devices were losing support, besides the fact that they were old. And a Netflix support doc isn’t helpful, saying that the problem is due to “technical limitations.” But Netflix has shared a little more detail about those technical limitations on older Roku devices with Gizmodo, and it turns out the answer is quite simple: DRM.

a black and red text© Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Here’s what’s going on: Netflix has used Microsoft’s PlayReady DRM since 2010 so that it could more easily bring its streaming service to the loads of TVs, devices, and set top boxes you can find it on today while satisfying its content providers that their work wouldn’t get pirated. But because Netflix had already shipped devices like the affected Rokus with an earlier form of deprecated Windows Media DRM, they would inevitably get left behind if Netflix ever cut ties with the old DRM standard and if those devices couldn’t be upgraded to the newer PlayReady instead. Now, it has — and they can’t.

It’s not clear from Gizmodo’s article why the older Samsung and Vizio devices won’t be able to use Netflix, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the same reason. We’ve asked Netflix if that’s the case.

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