Technological obsolescence is no less annoying when it is unplanned.
Countless smart TV owners will find out on December 2 that Netflix will stop supporting their devices. According to Samsung, the streaming service no longer works with "selected" smart TVs from 2010 and 2011, which are sold by the manufacturer in the US and Canada.
According to Samsung, the reason given is "due to technical limitations". However, the company quickly points out that "there are many other devices that can be connected to a smart TV device to continue using the streaming service."
Samsung customers are not the only ones getting the wave. Cord Cutters reports that owners of older Roku devices will lose their commitment to this sweet streaming Netflix quality as of December 1
Do not worry if you're not sure your device meets these elevated technical standards or not – Netflix will let you know.
Everything is described on a Netflix help page. "If you see a bug stating that Netflix is no longer available on this device due to technical limitations after December 1, 2019, you are quite confused."
"This message appears as a reminder several times before the specified date," reads the help page.
Of course, you could still get something like an HDMI cable from your computer to your TV and avoid all this nonsense, but for many people who would ruin the purpose of a smart TV in the first place.
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