There have been loads of news articles these last few days that really are making a mountain out of a molehill with regards to Netflix being available on Samsung Smart TVs and Roku devices. You may have seen some of the headlines such as “Netflix will stop working on these TVs next month – and people are furious”. Clickbait. I hate it. So let’s have a look at what is actually happening and what devices will be affected.
Firstly Roku announced that the Netflix app will stop working on some of their older devices after December 1st 2019. These include the following devices:
- Roku 2050X
- Roku 2100X
- Roku 2000C
- Roku HD Player
- Roku SD Player
- Roku XR Player
- Roku XD Player
Looks terrible, doesn’t it? Seven devices losing Netflix? Well, these devices were released between 2008 and 2010 so most are over a decade old. They also stopped receiving software updates four years ago in 2015. So is it really any wonder when apps stop working? I doubt that many modern smartphone apps would work on a 10 year old phone and an ancient operating system.
Now, onto the Samsung Smart TVs. A few days ago Samsung posted on their website that:
Netflix has announced that due to technical limitations, as of December 2, 2019, the Netflix streaming service will no longer be supported on several consumer electronics devices, including some from Samsung. This change will impact select 2010 and 2011 Samsung Smart TV models that were sold in the U.S. and Canada. Affected devices will receive a notification reflecting this change.
Like with Roku, the affected devices are fairly old – certain TVs from 2010 and 2011 that were sold in the USA and Canada will no longer be able to run the Netflix app. On the Samsung Australia website they also state that “Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players manufactured 2011 and earlier are not compatible with Netflix app” implying that the rest of the world never got Netflix on their Samsung TVs in 2011 anyway. Any Samsung TV newer than 2011 will still work with the built in Netflix app but if you happen to be affected then you will get a pop up message on your screen when you load the app.
What can you do if you’re affected?
If you’re affected by these changes, and let’s be honest there will be a small number of you that are, then there are a few options on how to keep watching Netflix. The easiest, and cheapest, is to buy a Google ChromeCast, NowTV box, Roku Stick, Amazon FireStick or a Blu-ray player with the Netflix app – there are some links below (these are affiliate links that, if you make a purchase, pay me a small commission). There are also a number of games consoles like the PlayStation 4, XBox One and even the somewhat ancient XBox 360 and PlayStation 3 that can still run Netflix.
Let us know in the comments below if you’re affected.