Starting on December 1, 2019, a bunch of older Samsung and Roku devices will no longer be able to access Netflix. Netflix is citing “technical limitations” as the reason for this sudden loss of support but it’s unclear what those technical limitations are in the first place—though the ability to auto-play episodes (or lack thereof) seems to at least be part of the problem.
The lack of transparency is frustrating, and it gets even worse if you’re trying to see which devices are getting cut. A full list of all the affected devices has yet to surface, but both Roku and Samsung have provided some clues. Here are at least some of the devices that will no longer be supported come December:
- Roku 2000C
- Roku 2050X
- Roku 2100X
- Roku HD
- Roku SD
- Roku XD
- Roku XR
- Any other Roku devices that cannot auto-play the next episode
- 2010 and 2011 TVs with a C or D in the model code. Samsung’s support page will help you find your TV’s code. Note that the loss of Netflix support only applies to the TVs themselves; You can still watch Netflix on older Samsung TVs as long as you do so through a device that Netflix currently supports.
It’s possible that more devices will be impacted by the change. Be sure to check Netflix’s official list of supported devices in case you need to find a replacement.
source: Brendan Hesse / lifehacker.com