If you're still using a very old Roku device, you lose access to Netflix. The streaming service started alerting customers by email, so they will know that it's still in use for some of the oldest Roku devices to fall, forcing consumers to finally update something new, whether that means a new Roku device. Model or a competing streaming get option like Chromecast or Fire TV.
On May 20, 2008, Roku announced its first device, the Roku DVP. The Linux-based player was offered with support for a variety of low resolutions and was eventually supplemented in the summer of 2011 by the second-generation Roku 2 devices. Since then, the company has released a long line of devices, including set-top boxes and streaming sticks and smart TVs.
Netflix began sending e-mail alerts to customers last week, pointing out that "some" older Roku players are no longer supported as of December 1
According to Cord Cutter News Roku has confirmed that the first two devices released by the company will lose support. It is unclear whether it is the Roku DVP and the Roku 2 and all its variants (SD, HD, etc.) or just the very first boxes sold by the company.
Regardless, you can easily find out if an upgrade is required. Are you using a very old Roku device? Do you see a pop-up window on Netflix on this Roku device warning you that your device will soon lose support? If you've answered "yes" to any of the questions, it's time to upgrade to a slightly newer version.
There are many benefits to using the upgrade. The biggest of these is the support for higher resolutions found on modern televisions. The very first Roku device, for example, supported video resolutions of only 480i, which looks terrible on almost any modern television with a size of more than 20 inches. In addition to Roku's extensive list of recent models, consumers have much more options than they did in 2008, including Chromecast, Fire TV, and newer Apple TV and Android TV sets.