Netflix and Roku were there at the start of the TV streaming revolution back in 2008 and have both been going strong since then. However, now Netflix has started notifying its users with older Roku player models that access to the service will cease on December the 1st 2019.The news was first reported by Cordcutternews.com who noted that neither company had issued a firm list of models affected. Indeed, further information issued by Roku stating that it was their first two models that would lose the service is still lacking in clarity since there are numerous sub editions of the devices.
A message posted by Netflix about the change is quoted below:
‘Due to technical limitations, Netflix will no longer be available on this device after December 1st, 2019. Please visit netflix.com/compatibledevices for a list of available devices.’
Fortunately, it does appear that, when they next open up their Netflix app, users of ageing Roku devices that are due to lose Netflix will receive a pop up message stating that this is the case. And a simple check of whether the Netflix app on your Roku can auto-play the next episode in the series or not will let you know if your device is on the chopping block. If it can’t auto-play, then it’s using the older Netflix app and support will cease come December 1st.
As a long standing player in the streaming arena, this isn’t the first time that Roku devices have been abandoned along the technological highway. Indeed, back in 2015 Roku themselves ceased supporting some of their pre-2011 models and in 2017 a change to Hulu’s interface had the effect of rendering some Roku devices non-compatible. It’s a reminder that technology is always moving on and device/OS life spans are unfortunately finite.
While this is, of course, frustrating, it’s possible to look at this situation as an opportunity to decide whether a move to another streaming player or service is worth investigating, especially with so many new services about to launch. Or maybe just a plain old upgrade to one of Roku’s newest devices will enable access to the latest standards, resolutions and technologies - hopefully giving you another decade of streaming enjoyment.
If you're affected by this, let us know how you're planning to deal with it in the thread.
Source: www.cordcutternews.com, www.slashgear.com
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