Skype has announced its withdrawing support for its app, carried on many Smart TVs, from June 2016.
Following that, according to Skype, they will issue no further software updates nor allow new account creation on Smart TVs. Whether the app will remain on your Smart TV will then be up to your manufacturer but the signs aren’t good with Samsung already confirming the app will removed from their Smart Hub in June 2016, via a pop-up message which is appearing on boot-up.
It remains to be seen if other manufacturers will follow suit but our money would be on them doing so, given the fact an unsupported app could cause them headaches down the line.
Skype says the decision was made based on the way users now use the service. They say the majority now access the app from a mobile device – including when in the living room – and they want to prioritise delivering the best possible experience to the platforms their users are asking for. Skype say they will now focus their efforts, in other areas, while supporting key functionality on Skype for TV for as long as possible which, we’re guessing, means June 2016.
We have already been contacted by readers who are very concerned at the withdrawal of the service, especially since some Smart TV purchase decisions were based on a particular TV carrying the app. We can definitely sympathise with these owners but it does go to show buying decisions should never really be based on the inclusion of third party software which, as this case proves, may be removed at any time.
Let us know in the comments if you’ve been affected by this decision.
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